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Words and Music

The Words and Music program reaches students at elementary, middle, and high schools. The program has provided thousands of students in grades 6-12 with weekly instruction in opera composition since the program began in 1999. The program recently expanded to include (1) year-long artist residencies providing standards-based instruction in composition, production, and performance, (2) a writing component that encourages students to “tell their own story” through opera by exploring their heritage, celebrating cultural diversity, and valuing cultural proficiency, (3) arts integration curriculum, and (4) student performances open to the public at the end of the school year. San Diego Opera is proud to partner with Teatro Izcalli, a Chicana/o comedy troupe, at specific school sites.

Please contact San Diego Opera at  educate@sdopera.com  for more information about this program.