Recent research indicates that youth are engaging in the arts in both new and established ways. San Diego Opera’s new MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program asks students to share their stories, interests, and perspectives by submitting written descriptions of their own personal artistic experiences. Student submissions will be read by San Diego Opera staff and reviewed by a committee consisting of local arts and civic leaders. This new program provides San Diego’s students an opportunity to communicate directly with San Diego Opera and the arts community.

To continue the conversation about arts engagement and to introduce students to the world of opera, San Diego Opera’s MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program will award up to two participating students in each of the nine city council districts a subscription ticket package for three operas of the 2016-2017 season. The subscription package will include a second ticket for the student’s chaperone (e.g. a parent, family member over 18, or legal guardian). Students and their chaperones will be invited to attend, free of charge, Falstaff, The Tragedy of Carmen, La traviata, and special behind-the-scenes opportunities.

This program is supported by the following San Diego City Councilmembers.

  • District 2 Councilmember — Lorie Zapf
  • District 5 Councilmember — Mark Kersey
  • District 6 Councilmember — Chris Cate
  • District 7 Councilmember — Scott Sherman
  • District 9 Councilmember — Marti Emerald


A committee will review the applications and determine which students will participate in the MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program.


Students who live or attend school within the city of San Diego and who are in grades 6-12 may apply to participate in the program. Awarded subscription packages are non-transferable and may only be used by the selected students and their chaperones.


Students may apply by completing an online form which includes this prompt: “Describe a time when you were affected by the arts.” Responses should be between 150 and 400 words. Students are encouraged to compose responses in a separate document and then copy and paste it into the online form.


If you have any questions about the program, the application, or the submission process, please contact myvoice@sdopera.org or call (619) 533-7087.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre el programa, la aplicación, o el proceso de envío, por favor mande correo electronico a myvoice@sdopera.org o llame (619) 533-7019.

This new program is supported by Offices of the San Diego City Council.