Opera Scouts

A Cultural and Performing Arts Organization for Teens

Italia in(Canta)!

Opera Scouts go to Italy in April 2018

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Opera Scouts

Celebrating individual achievement in a supportive ensemble, Opera Scouts provides a social, developmental, career and service home for arts-minded youth. Scouts meet weekly for training, rehearsals and trips to local performances. Join us!

Who It's For

Students aged 12–18. While most students are vocal performers, we also welcome designers, composers, writers and multimedia artists interested in live performance.


Weekly meetings run September through June, on Wednesdays from 4:30pm–6:30pm, plus additional outings and events. Scouts must attend two meetings per month to maintain good standing.


42nd Street Moon, 250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, and other local venues.


$250 annual fee, plus minimal costs for extra events. Scholarships are available for qualifying students.

Information for Applicants

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2017 to ensure eligibility for the Italia (in)canta adventure. An interview and audition will be scheduled upon receipt of application. For more information, contact Caroline Altman at 415-565-3238 or caltman@sfopera.com.

Scouts are trained in skills promoting better communication, confidence, integrity and conflict management. As they advance through the program, they become eligible to be student conflict mediators at their schools.

Activities include:

  • GUEST SPEAKERS AND MASTER CLASSES. Each meeting has a specific area of learning enhanced by master classes and expert guest speakers.
  • MERIT BADGES. Each Scout plans a project in the arts and works toward this project for 4–6 weeks, receiving a Merit Badge upon completion.
  • OPERA AND THEATER TRIPS. Scouts attend San Francisco Opera dress rehearsals, as well as student performances and concerts at other Bay Area venues. Additional ticket fees may apply.
  • AUDITIONS. Scouts gain access to audition, competition, internship and job placement opportunities. Scouts receive special preparation and support for audition success.
  • PERFORMANCE. Scouts participate in recitals, performance showcases and community outreach opportunities throughout the year.
  • LEADERSHIP. Scouts help plan events and reach out to partnering arts and community organizations.
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION. Scouts are trained in conflict resolution through the arts, enabling them to become conflict mediators at their schools.

Italia (in)canta

This season, Opera Scouts have an opportunity to blossom in Italy, the birthplace of opera, through performances, cultural exchanges and examination of Italy's rich culture and history.

Learn more about this exciting adventure.

Sample Merit Badge Offerings

  • Singing
  • Languages
  • Improvisation
  • Set design
  • Costume design
  • Dance
  • Composition
  • Music theory
  • Music history
  • Directing
  • House management
  • Arts journalism
  • Digital arts
  • And many more!