Opera Idaho’s children’s programs are designed to encourage acceptance, appreciation and enjoyment of opera in young people. Opera Idaho hopes to enable students to experience a live opera performance first hand with professional singers, and acquaint students with opera terminology, history and the lives of great opera composers. Opera Idaho’s programs also introduce students to the significance of theater, set and costume design in opera.
The Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses program provides learning and performing experiences in classic repertoire, and encourages healthy vocal technique for children through membership in a vocal ensemble. Musical education objectives are accomplished through weekly rehearsal sessions and performances through the year. Performances range from choral concerts to appearing in Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho productions and other venues throughout the Treasure Valley.
The program includes two vocal groups:
- Children’s Chorus
- Angelus Chorus
The program is tuition-based; scholarships are available in limited number for those showing financial need.
Grade Levels: 2nd – 4th grades
Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings
6:00pm – 6:45pm
Annual Tuition*: $225
Grade Levels: 5th – 10th grades
Rehearsals: Wednesday afternoons
4:30pm – 5:45pm
Annual Tuition*: $275
*There is a $15.00 discount if the full year’s tuition is paid by 9/30/16. If you have more than one child enrolled in the children’s Chorus programs, there is a $15 discount per additional child.
Location: Opera Idaho Studio
Director of Children’s Choruses
Anna Branigan began her roles Director of Children’s Choruses at Opera Idaho in July of 2017. She recently moved to Nampa from Moscow after graduating from the University of Idaho, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. While in Moscow, Anna helped develop the Palouse Choral Society’s Children’s Choir, where she served as an accompanist and guest conductor.
Anna will be teaching general music, piano, and choir this year at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa. She previously taught elementary music and high school choir in Gilcrest, Colorado. A native of Minnesota, she received a B.S. in Music Education- Choral and General as well as Piano Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Anna’s family consists of her husband, Philip, who is a fisheries biologist for Idaho Fish and Game, and their energetic Boxer, Tyson.
Children’s Choruses Founder
Linda Eustice Berg was founding director of Opera Idaho’s Children’s Choruses and directed the group from 1993 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009 she directed the Capital City Children’s Chorus program, which merged with the Opera Idaho program in August 2009. Linda passed away in October 2015.