Opera For All

St. Vincent de Paul Center is excited to introduce a new program for our School Age section. Beginning this fall, Opera For All, presented by the Chicago Opera Theater, will be a year-long instructional program for school-age children between 3rd through 6th grade. Opera For All is a program that introduces opera to young people who would otherwise not have the means or opportunity for exposure to opera or the cultural arts in general.

Thanks to a grant from a generous donor, approximately 30-40 students from St. Vincent’s will meet once a week to learn all about the world of opera, including lyric writing, vocal technique, musical composition, acting, performing, and dancing. In the spring, the students will perform their own original opera, which they will write, choreograph and design. As part of the program, the children are immersed in the world of Mozart, meet professional musicians, and attend special performances. The program allows children the opportunity to grow and develop by exploring the arts and improving their creativity and communication skills. Marillac Social Center will also take part in the program, with a number of Hope Junior and School-Age participants creating their own operatic piece as well.

The program is brought to Marillac and St. Vincent's in honor of Mrs. Sue SanGiacomo. She was an elementary music teacher before recently retiring as Principal at Pleasant Lake Elementary School in Indiana. During her long career, she stressed the importance of music and supporting organizations that help with the development of children.

Marillac and St. Vincent’s would like to thank our generous donor and the Chicago Opera Theater for this amazing opportunity. We cannot wait to see what the children learn and develop.


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