Opera Children’s Chorus

Opera Children's Chorus


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The Crested Butte Music Festival features world-class artists, teachers, and music of all kinds in the pristine beauty of one of Colorado’s premier mountain resorts. The Festival’s Opera Children’s Chorus (OCC) is a unique, three-week intensive performance program for talented young singers aged 8-18. Led by acclaimed director and clinician Nina Revering, OCC participants receive professional-level performance training and experience. Additionally, they enjoy access to Festival events and have plenty to enjoy in the family-friendly Crested Butte region.

Your tuition covers all instruction, musical activities, and music over the 21-day program.

  • $399.00
  • 10:00am: Vocal and body warm-up
  • 11:00am: Group rehearsal
  • 12:00pm: Lunch and outdoor play
  • 1:00pm: Group rehearsal and opera staging
  • 3:00pm: Break-out sections, dramatic work, musical theory exercises
  • 4:00pm: Optional early pick-up or individual coaching
*Subject to change
LOWER DIVISION (mostly ages 9-12)
  • Participation in the OCC opera and Showcase Concert
  • Music Theory, Movement and Staging Workshops with OCC staff
  • Vocal Coaching with Nina Revering (Conspirare Youth Choirs)
  • Appropriate for beginners
UPPER DIVISION AGES (mostly ages 13-18)
  • Opportunities to sing solos in the OCC opera and Showcase Concert
  • Opportunities to sing solos in the mainstage opera
  • Music Theory, Movement and Staging Workshops with OCC staff
  • Masterclasses and vocal coaching with Nina Revering (Conspirare Youth Choirs) and the Faculty of the Crested Butte Opera Studio
  • Appropriate for intermediate level students
Nina Revering
Nina Revering

Nina Revering is the Founding Artistic Director of the Conspirare Youth Choirs in Austin, Texas, an outreach program of the Grammy®-winning, six-time Grammy®-nominated vocal ensemble Conspirare. As a performer, Nina has performed widely as a soloist and chorister throughout the Southwest and around the country. Her educational background includes work at the Youth Performing Arts School and Boston University. A soloist at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 1994 to 1997, she was also Victoria Bach Festival’s New Young Artist in 1994. Nina studied baroque recorder with John Tyson of the New England Conservatory and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under conductors Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, and John Oliver. She has been with Conspirare since 1995 and founded the Conspirare Youth Choirs in 2005. Nina also teaches music in Austin area schools.

David Stern

David Stern's musical leadership is spread across three continents. He is the founder and director of the Paris-based opera company and period-instrument ensemble, Opera Fuoco, as well as artistic advisor and principal conductor of the Shanghai Baroque Festival. He is chief conductor of the Palm Beach Opera in Florida and music director of opera at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado. Since launching the Aix Festival International Academy in 1998, David Stern has been committed to developing young voices. He created Opera Fuoco in 2003 as a platform to train young French singers in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to John Cage, combining both an opera studio offering regular master classes and an opera company producing and co-producing larger concertante and staged productions. In 2016 he conducted The Magic Flute at The Juilliard School in New York. As artistic advisor of the Shanghai Baroque Festival, he involves singers from the Shanghai Conservatory and the Opera Fuoco Studio, and he works regularly with the Young Artist Programs in Palm Beach and Crested Butte, Colorado.

For questions or additional information, please contact Mark Moorman, Director of Artistic Administration-Opera at mark@mycbmf.com.

“This has been an extraordinary experience for our family. Our son has done some great singing and acting, and he has benefited from the group and individual instruction from a talented artistic team.”

– OCC Parent