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In collaboration with the City of Chicago’s After School Matters program, COT now offers two Chicago Opera Theater for Teens programs. COT for Teens is in it's third year at Solorio Academy High School with Teaching Artists Caryn Ott Hillman & Chris Richard throughout the school year and Emily Cox and Chungers Kim during the summer term. Our newest teen program begins this summer at Perspective Charter Schools with Dylan Bandy and Matt Piet.
Since 2006, students from many different backgrounds come together for this 10 week musical after school program in the fall and spring semester and a 6 or 7 week intensive program during the summer. Through an audition process, 30 students receive a stipend to study vocal technique, drama, opera and musical theater staging and production, and learn about college and career opportunities each semester. The Chicago Opera Theater for Teens are often seen performing around the city of Chicago.