Due to COVID-19, these programs may not be currently available. Please see our Virtual Programming options instead or contact for more information.

Explore your creativity through Central City Opera’s workshops designed exclusively for students and educators. Methods and curriculum apply to grades K-12. To request more information on a specific workshop, please contact Emily Murdock at


At our Music! Words! Opera! Virtual Educator Workshop, master teaching artist and composer Roger Ames will guide you through the process of writing and composing your own music theater piece. You’ll be able to replicate and adapt this for your own students (grades 6-12), using opera and compositing to enhance core subjects while developing 21st century skills – communication, collaboration and creative thinking. Open to educators and teaching artists around the country!

$120. Graduate credits available for an additional fee.



Nothing jumpstarts kids’ creative juices like the opportunity to write and perform their own musical story. The process of researching/scripting a story and writing/composing lyrics and music develops problem-solving and team skills while providing practical applications of core disciplines like math, reading/writing and social studies. Experienced teaching artists are available to assist in applying methods from Opera America’s Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. Teachers must participate in our Music! Words! Opera! Workshop in order to qualify for this program.

  • Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade
  • Personnel and cost varies
  • Offered September through May


Producing opera requires knowledge and experience from many different fields. Call on Central City Opera’s Teaching Artists to help augment your curriculum in STEM subjects, music, dance, theater and world languages. Students gain confidence and technique in workshops or master classes in singing, instrumental music, composition, stagecraft, movement or any other related activity. Master classes can include a short performance by artists followed by individual or group coaching.

Two popular STEM workshops are Science of Singing (led by a Doctor of Singing) where students watch and experience how sound waves and harmonics are produced and manipulated by the human voice and Cooking and Fractions (led by a CCO orchestra musician who is a chef) where students apply various math techniques to recipes and discover how bodies are instruments that need to be fueled.


Yoga and the Voice workshops combine the art and science of both singing technique and yoga practices to enhance students’ understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection and confidence in unleashing their own authentic voice. Students work through a sequence designed to unlock the energy centers of the body, increase awareness of alignment and posture, and expand the senses and imagination. 

The experience of building an opera and performing it was life changing for many of my fifth grade students.
Music Teacher

Southmoor Elementary