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Arizona Opera Virtual Masterclasses

  • Virtual Masterclasses are completely customizable for you and your students.
  • Choose from the free list of Masterclass topics below, paid specialty masterclasses with professionals in our community, or tell me what you are looking for and I will help connect you with the right community member.
  • Use the below online form to select the topic you are interested in and schedule your performance.
  • Please reach out if you are interested in setting up a residency for multiple days to cover multiple topics.



Time: Classes can be scheduled 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Masterclasses are 45 - 60 minutes in length

Grade Level: Recommended 6th - 12th grade

Cities: Available to ALL cities in the state of Arizona


  • FREE for Arizona Opera Masterclass  
  • $150 for Community Guest Artist Masterclass
  • Cost specific to customized program length and guest artist


We can provide a zoom link for your program, or work off of your already established platform.



You may choose more than one topic to be covered in a 45 minute session.

Vocal Masterclass: Select an individual or group of students to perform for our Education Teaching Artist who will work directly with your selected student(s) to provide masterclass style feedback while their peers observe. We are happy to address specific areas of struggle directly related to the selected piece, or in general. Teachers will need to select the student(s) before the masterclass and proved the selected repertoire or sheet music in advance. 20 minutes per student is recommended. 

Career Development/Marketing/Networking: Our Education Teaching Artists will present on how to develop a career in music including their personal journey, how to market yourself as a musician, the importance of networking, and goals to work towards leading up to graduation.

Opera History: Get on run-down on the basics of opera. With discussions about the evolution of opera, as well as information about recitative vs. aria, voice types, and other major composers, this is a perfect crash-course to introduce your students to this incredible art form.

Performance Anxiety: Stage fright is one of the most common deterrents when it comes to performing. Our Education Teaching Artist will engage in a discussion with your students on how to best tackle anxiety and nerves in performances and auditions.

Mental/Physical Health as it Relates to Performers: The opera world (and let’s face it, the world in general) can put lots of demands on performers. From dealing with rejection to staying fit for roles, students will learn techniques to become their healthiest selves both on and off the stage.

Vocal Lessons: Schedule individual or group lessons for your student(s) to work one-on-one with our teaching artists. Costs may apply based on the number and duration of lessons.

Score Study: Together as a class we will start by learning how to figure out if it is in the appropriate key, then the steps to take to learn a new song. Steps include, writing out the beat, speaking the rhythm, singing the rhythm, adding lyrics, applying techniques, and how to start memorizing. The remaining time can be used to work with a selected student on the specific piece chosen to work with. This will work best with musical theatre or pop as the sheet music is readily available. Suggested songs can be provided upon request.


Arizona Opera Masterclass Topics presented by Miriam Schildkret.




Classes are 1 hour and topics cannot be combined.

Directing and Acting: D. Scott Withers (INFORMATION COMING SOON!)

Performing: Bille Bruley, Marion Roose Pullin Studio Alumni (INFORMATION COMING SOON!)

Costume Design: Kathleen Trott, Arizona Opera Costume Shop Manager (INFORMATION COMING SOON!)


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Arizona Opera’s Department of Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible through the support of: Karen Fruen, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The City of Peoria, and Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.