Opera Creation Boot Camp:
A Professional Development Intensive for Educators
Open to ALL K-12 Classroom Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Arts Specialists, & Teaching Artists
No Arts Experience Needed, only a Curiosity to Create!
Based in the Music! Words! Opera! national curriculum, dive deep into how to facilitate the opera creation process with your students, and learn new tools and techniques that support your existing teaching practice. Sessions focus on:
- Arts-Integrated Project-Based Learning ideal for collaborative teaching and learning
- Differentiated Learning Strategies to adapt the curriculum to meet your teaching and learning goals
- Social Emotional Learning outcomes addressed
- STEAM Lessons in technical theater
- Built-in Practicum: Practice teaching each day mentored by Master Teaching Artists
After invigorating morning sessions with Master Teaching Artists, educator-participants have the opportunity to apply their new skills immediately. Each afternoon, we will welcome a group of elementary-aged students in our Opera Camp for a week-long creative opera project, providing a hands-on teaching experience for educators. Build an inclusive opera company in your classroom for dynamic arts-integrated project-based learning. No arts expertise necessary. Recommended that a teaching team of at least two attend from the same school to construct a supportive co-teaching curriculum customized to meet students’ teaching and learning goals. See examples of projects from BLO’s Partner Schools on our Education Media Page.
Registration and Materials Fee: $100 per Educator
Professional Development Points available at no extra cost.
Questions? Call 617.542.4912 x2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Both Prilly and Joel gave me a new bag of tools for inspiring creativity in my students. I’ve found myself utilizing their techniques in other aspects of my teaching, beyond opera creation. They also stretched me as an artist. I loved the fact that my teacher-peers and I could work to create our own opera, while at the same time using our new-found skills with actual students each afternoon.”
Master Teaching Artists
Priscilla Sanville, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in schools and community organizations including working as an elementary educator and a drama/theatre district specialist. Priscilla’s career has focused on supporting educators in offering the highest quality arts education to children and adults. She is a Professor Emerita at Lesley University. Learn More »
Joel Esher is a composer, teaching artist, and music director. This spring, Joel premiered PharmaBro: An American Douchical!, a new musical Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre. He is also a master teaching artist at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where he regularly facilitates professional development for teachers and artists. Learn More »
Devin Ferreira is Boston based artist-educator who has spent the last decade facilitating youth music programs while pursuing his career as an emcee/saxophonist. Devin implemented his first youth music program at Camp Harbor View in 2009 for Boston youth ages 10-14 on the premise of music production and performance. During this time he graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in Music Performance and Music Business. Learn More »
Daniel H. Jentzen is a lighting designer and educator. He has created lighting for over 500 plays, musicals, concerts, and special events. Daniel is on faculty in the Theater Department at Boston Arts Academy and is the Founder and Executive Director of Brighter Boston, a creative youth development non-profit that trains, mentors, and employs Boston public high school youth. Learn More »
Raymond Reyes is a freelance theater carpenter and stagehand. Based primarily with the American Repertory Theater, he has worked for companies and houses in Boston and New York City including Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, 2nd Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Theater for a New Audience, and many more. Learn More »
The Create Your Own Opera Partnership Program is an arts-integrated, project based, co-taught learning model customized to fit the teaching and learning goals of each particular classroom. Based in the nationally recognized Music! Words! Opera! curriculum, BLO’s flagship Partnership Program supports teachers in planning and implementing arts-integrated lessons into their daily curricula over the course of the school year and culminating in a performance or presentation. The Partnership model is open to both in-school and out-of-school classes and is ideal for grades 2-12. School/Educator Prerequisite: Opera Creation Boot Camp.
Teacher Professional Development
- Opera Creation Boot Camp: A Professional Development Intensive for Educators REQUIRED for teachers new to the partnership.
- Individual Coaching: BLO staff facilitates Partnership Planning and arts integration curriculum mapping to meet each teacher’s goals.
- Co-Teaching opportunities with BLO Teaching Artist.
- Ongoing Professional Development: Half-day workshops held over the course of the school year to hone skills in specific aspects of opera creation.
- Experience with Opera: Opportunities to attend opera rehearsals to increase depth and breadth of opera experience and knowledge.
- Teaching Resources: Access to arts-integrated lesson plans, teaching resources, and equipment from BLO Education & Community Engagement.
- Live Professional Performance: Youth experience opera live through either our Artist Classroom Visit: Opera 101, or by attending a BLO Final Dress Rehearsal.
- Teaching Artist Residency: BLO offers up to ten visits from expert teaching artists to work directly with youth, bringing expertise in various areas of opera creation including: singing, music composition, directing, hip-hop/spoken word, acting, lighting design, and more!
- Final Performances: BLO supports communities to celebrate the world premieres that the youth have created. BLO provides opportunities to share with peers from other partnership schools.
“I was tremendously proud of my students and what they were able to accomplish in such a short period of time. It ended up being the most rewarding project I have ever done, and it was received with great enthusiasm by the students and parents alike.” –Partner Teacher
For more information, please contact Rebecca Kirk, Manager of Education Programs, at email@example.com or 617.542.4912 x2400.
Introduce your students to opera as a story-telling art through our Artist Classroom Visit: Opera 101, an interactive performance available for grades 2-12. Learn how we bring the story of an opera to life through music, acting, and movement. In this dynamic, one-hour presentation, two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist engage audiences in this interactive introduction to opera.
Artist Classroom Visits are currently offered in February and used to introduce opera to students engaging in our year-long Create Your Own Opera Partnership. For more information, please contact Rebecca Kirk, Manager of Education Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.542.4912 x2400.
Boston Arts Academy
Boston Lyric Opera partners with the Opera and Musical Theater class at Boston Arts Academy offering training and opportunities to enhance their learning experiences. Partnership components have included working with a BLO Teaching Artist, attending Final Dress Rehearsals, observing staging and orchestra rehearsals, classroom visits by professional artists, and more!
Composers of New Works and Students
Composer Julian Grant and librettist Mark Campbell were guests for a Q & A session in Jonathan Bailey Holland’s composition course at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the fall of 2017. Students spoke with the creators in advance of BLO’s world premiere, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare.
2016 Carmen School Performance
In celebration of our 40th Season, in partnership with the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Office and non-profit Brighter Boston, English High School in Jamaica Plain, welcomed BLO’s principal cast members of Carmen in September of 2016 to perform an abridged version of the opera for 200 Boston Public High School students followed by a moderated question and answer session.
In advance of the performance, BLO worked with select teachers at EHS to bring a Teaching Artist into classrooms to introduce opera to the students. The performance was open to select BPS high school classes throughout the district. For a large majority of the audience this was their first experience seeing a live opera performance. This marks the first step in BLO’s initiative to engage its high school students more deeply in the performing arts through opera.
Brighter Boston, a non-profit that trains, mentors, and provides paid internships to BPS students in theatrical and event lighting, engaged Boston Arts Academy students as interns to provide lighting for the performance.