Since 2006 Chicago Opera Theater has been proud to partner with the After School Matters program to create the COT for Teens program. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds--ranging from beginning vocalists who lack opportunities for choral experiences in their schools to very advanced students who take private voice lessons--come together at Gallery 37 (at Wabash and Randolph) for this musical after school program. For ten weeks each semester, these high school students meet three days a week for three hours each day to work with teaching artists Caryn Ott Hillman and Christopher Richard from After School Matters. Each week the students participate in group voice lessons geared towards the classical style of singing. The students also practice yoga and breathing exercises, as learning how to care for one's body and instrument is an essential skill for all singers. In addition to developing their vocal technique, the students enjoy a variety of acting games, building creativity and stage awareness.
Jennifer D'Agostino, Caryn Ott, Chris Richard, Michael Roemer
All teens must apply through the After School Matters application process on their website, afterschoolmatters.org. Auditions for programs will be held December 14, 16, and 19. See the After School Matters webpage for more information.