Opera Scouts

A Cultural and Performing Arts Ensemble for Teens

OPERA SCOUTS 

Discover Opera. Discover the World. Discover Yourself.

Celebrating individual achievement within a supportive ensemble, Opera Scouts provides an artistic, social, career and developmental home for youth who are passionate about the performing arts. Scouts meet weekly for training, activities, projects, rehearsals and trips to local performances. Join us!

Who It's For

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

Duration

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.

Where

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

Cost

$300 annual fee, plus minimal costs for extra events. Scholarships are available for qualifying students.

Information for Applicants

Full year applications must be submitted by September 14, 2018. 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.

Discover the World

Because exploring art and culture means exploring the world, the Opera Scouts program also presents opportunities for travel and exchange in both local and distant destinations. In early 2018 we embarked on the exciting ITALIA (IN)CANTA program featuring a 10 day musical trip to Italy in April!

Read more about Italia (in)canta here!

Sample Merit Badge Offerings

  • Voice recital
  • Foreign language
  • Music history
  • Composition
  • Music theory
  • Costume design
  • Stage Make-up
  • Set/lighting design
  • Community
  • Directing
  • Sight-singing
  • Arts journalism
  • Digital arts
  • And many more!