K-12 Education Programs

Augmenting Your Curricula, Embellishing the Lives of Children

Award-winning Guild programs instill confidence, creativity and integrity in more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 Northern California schools.

Since 1939, the San Francisco Opera Guild has held a steadfast belief: life lessons, drawn from creative expression, are the foundation of confidence and integrity. Help each student find his or her voice with our innovative programs, designed to nurture the expressive nature in children, inspire them to make positive choices and help them grow to be conscientious, sensitive and culturally aware adults.

Our faculty of engaging teaching artists brings music, drama, design, history, culture, language and literature – and so much more – to Bay Area children.

Sing a Story (Grades K-3)

Bring one of our most popular programs (reaching 250 schools) to your class in a session students will never forget. Host a Guild teaching artist in your classroom who will introduce opera with interactive story telling, props and boundless fun for each and every child.

Touring Show: Flute for Two (Grades K-5)

In this exciting 45-minute interactive assembly, two costumed singers entice children with the classic tale of The Magic Flute, while also teaching them about singing technique, stage presence and character expression.


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Opera à La Carte (Grades 3-8)

Let our artists help your class stage a masterfully designed, 45-minute mini-opera. Students become true apprentices and are coached in voice, technique and scenery, and they join in a performance of their work for the entire school.


Book to Bravo! (Grades 4-9)

Invite a team of teaching artists to your classroom and match your curriculum to an original opera, allowing children to learn libretto writing, composition and rehearsal techniques. Witness your students' enchantment when their work comes to life on stage in a school-wide performance!

Voices for Social Justice (Grades 4-9)

Collaborating closely with you, Guild teaching artists introduce how songs have shaped cultural change. We examine social and political music from a period you're teaching and create an original piece to demonstrate how art can serve as a non-violent conveyor of opinions and ideals.


Touring Show: How Andy Found His Voice (Grades 4-9)

In this participatory musical play, four singers present a 50-minute play in which a troubled ninth-grader, Andy, finds his voice and self confidence. Students learn about vocal technique and singing and even participate the chorus.


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Opera Junior (Grades 4-12)

After being immersed int he world of a classic opera, students create an adaptation of the piece using the original music from the opera. Guild teaching artists help students finesse the story to suit the ages and skill levels of the performers, while maintaining the integrity and meaning of the original opera, which they then rehearse and perform in this twelve week residency.


Madeleine H. Russell High School Night at the Opera (Grades 9-12)

In association with San Francisco Opera Education, this is a formal event exclusively for Bay Area high school students. It complements our Student Dress Rehearsal program with an evening of social activities, culture and careers in performing arts.


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Student Dress Rehearsals (Grades 4-12)

Give your class a rare and marvelous sneak peak of a fully staged San Francisco Opera dress rehearsal. Includes curriculum guides sent in advance. And, as part of our new OperaSpiel Speaker Series, have a docent enlighten your class before or after the rehearsal.


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Opera House Tours (Grades 4-12)

There's more than just opera history that imbues the War Memorial Opera House. Students will also learn about historical events such the signing of the United Nations Charter and the memorial service for Harvey Milk.


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Summer Conservatory (Grades 6-12)

A three week program of total immersion, offering students instruction in all aspects of performing arts: voice, theory, movement, music, language, acting, history and more. Students create, rehearse and perform an original operatic/theatre work! Includes attendance to a Student Dress Rehearsal (see above).


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