Teaching Artist Mary Gresock at Southwood Boys & Girls Club during the 2015 Artist-in-Residence series.

Teaching Artist Mary Gresock at Southwood Boys & Girls Club during the 2015 Artist-in-Residence series.

Education Opportunities

Charlottesville Opera has a long-standing commitment to providing free, year-round education opportunities for students and adults of all ages in our community. These programs have reached over 15,000 people since 1994, and range from in-school programs for underserved youth to performance opportunities for young singers and internships for students interested in arts administration.

We are proud to offer the following educational opportunities. If you would like more information about any of these programs, or to join the Education Committee of our Guild, which oversees our Artist-in-Residence, KidsFest, and Library Programs, please contact info@charlottesvilleopera.org.

[Mary Gresock] touched on music, acting, singing, scenery, and costumes. The kids enjoyed the interaction with all the props and costumes[...] Anything classical is good because our kids get very few cultural experiences.
— Participating teacher on our 2015 Artist-in-Residence series



Artist in Residence

Each spring, a Teaching Artist introduces students to Charlottesville Opera's summer opera by exploring the basic elements and structure of opera, as well as the composer, plot, and music of the production. These presentations, which take place in schools and after-school programs throughout the area, are highly interactive, with students singing, dancing, trying on costumes, and reenacting parts of the production. This program alone has reached over 2,150 students since 2013, with the majority of teachers and schools returning each year.


Charlottesville Opera offers semester-long internships for college and high school students with an interest and passion for arts administration. Our interns work directly with leadership staff to receive hands-on experience with the arts. These experiences are tailored to the interests of each individual intern. Find out more information, as well as current internship availability, here.

 Intern Rachel Mink at the 2015 KidsFest

Intern Rachel Mink at the 2015 KidsFest

Young Artists and Apprentice Singers

Emerging singers perform in summer productions, are mentored by coaches and visiting artists, and present a number of performances throughout the area. See our Performance Opportunities for audition information.

Pre-Performance Lectures

Free to all ticket buyers, these informative lectures are held before most mainstage performances at The Paramount, and introduce audience members to each production.


An activity-filled summer event for Charlottesville Parks and Recreation participants, KidsFest is a wonderful opportunity for children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live opera. First, an Education Intern travels to Parks and Recreation day camps to introduce kids to our summer opera, its plot, characters, major themes, and music. The campers then come to The Paramount Theater for a program led by a Teaching Artist, where they also have dinner and meet some of the child performers, before seeing the dress rehearsal of our opera.

Student Dress Rehearsal

A special opportunity for Charlottesville and Albemarle County middle and high school music and drama students, as well as local Girl and Boy Scouts, to attend the dress rehearsal of the summer musical. Information on attending will be made available as the season approaches.