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Teen programs | Lyric Opera of Chicago

Teen programs

Lyric is proud to offer opportunities for teenagers to engage with other art-loving young people in Chicago.

Interested in joining a teen event? Please reach out to Lyric at

Youth Opera Council

Lyric’s Youth Opera Council is a select group of Chicagoland high school students, from a broad range of backgrounds, who share a passion for opera and the performing arts. The purpose of the Council is to encourage and grow youth interest and participation in the arts by helping students develop critical thinking and advocacy skills through student-led activities.

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EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts is a groundbreaking partnership, launched in 2017, with the Chicago Urban League that immerses Chicago teenagers in the creation of an original performance. In the 2020/21 Season, EmpowerYouth! continues virtually, and consists of members of the 2019/20 ensemble. As in previous years, participants work with professional artistic staff and program facilitators in learning how principles of performance, the written word, music, and dance can translate to their everyday lives.

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Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

The Beaubien Family

The Grainger Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

Anonymous Donor

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago