Bel Canto to Broadway

Celebrating the Year of Reflection, join us as we launch this musical journey from Handel to Hamilton!

 A year-long residency and singing experience tracing musical storytelling from opera to modern-day musical theater!

Over the course of the school year, a teaching artist visits a classroom once a week to teach the stories, culture history, and music of how musical theater evolved from opera.  In each of 24 different modules, students will learn cultural history, hear musical samples, and learn an aria or song written by a composer that represents that time period.  An accompanying rehearsal CD allows students to easily learn the song.  By the end of the year, the students will have sung through 24 pieces that take them up to the modern-day Broadway musical.  Each classroom will be assigned one of these songs to perform at a final concert at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco in May.  In this concert students will take us from Monteverdi to Lin-Manuel Miranda in song with historical notes and cultural facts noted throughout the performance.


Who It's For

Grades 4-12


Weekly 50 minute sessions take place in the classroom and are comprised of 25 teaching artist classroom visits from September 2019 to May 2020 (24 modules and one final rehearsal). Interactive materials including stories, handouts, and accompaniment audio tracks will be accessible to the class should teachers wish to extend the lesson.  The final performance will take place in early May 2020 (date to be confirmed) at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.


$2,000. Financial aid is available for qualifying schools.