In her lifelong career in the world of opera, Youth Company founder Robin Jensen has put her talents to work in virtually every aspect of the art form. Even still, one pursuit has trumped all others: the opportunity to have a hand in building a powerful future for opera- for both performers and audience.
When the Florida Opera Theatre (now Opera Orlando) approached Robin with the idea to create a program for pre-professional training in 2011, she jumped at the chance.
So was born the Opera Orlando Youth Company. The heralded program has already produced performers for the new millennium while building the character and artistic appreciation of all who have been a part of it.
The program is designed for aspiring young artists who are interested in classical music, opera, and musical theater. Members explore their artistic creativity in a workshop environment and develop their performing powers while practicing and developing healthy vocal habits.
The Opera Orlando Youth Company is currently comprised of two divisions:
Children's Chorus - elementary and middle school age
Apprentice Company - high school age
TUITION: $375 per semester
Class Schedule spring 2018
Monday 5:00-6:15 p.m.--Elementary and Middle School Youth Chorus
Monday 6:15-7:30 p.m.-- High School Apprentice Singers
*Saturday 10:00-11:30 a.m.--Company Class/Master Classes and Rehearsals
*time can extend to 1:00 p.m. for additional rehearsals as needed
Classes are held at Broadway United Methodist Church, 406 E. Amelia St, Orlando, FL 32803
Whether a preteen or a teenager, the Opera Orlando Youth Company member receives training in all aspects of the arts of theater and music. Areas of concentration Include:
- Acting and singing techniques focused on the ability to perform in a natural, realistic style and delivery.
- Understanding and practicing singing text in English and foreign languages.
- Using the voice as a musical instrument, expanding company members’ artistry through creative improvisation and play.
- Performance training to build self confidence and stage experience in preparation for college and other professional performing opportunities.
- Professional crossover: Singers will have an opportunity to work with professional artists from the opera and musical theater genres.
THE WHOLE SINGER
Opera Orlando’s director of education, Robin Jensen, takes a holistic approach to the process of building the world of young singers. The process is designed to include an experience that is rich with the sense of team and community, a quality that is often overlooked in conventional education. Being a part of the Opera Orlando Youth Company instills a profound sense of responsibility, accomplishment, and pride.
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There are various performing opportunities for members of the Opera Orlando Youth Company. For the 2017-2018 Season these included "Brundibár," Opera Orlando season opener "La Bohème," Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees, "Home for the Holidays" with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, IMPROV Opera, and Opera Orlando’s "Amahl and the Night Visitors."
The Opera Orlando Youth Company and Training Programs are made possible in part by the City of Orlando through its Mayor's Matching Grant program