Opera Children’s Chorus

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.

“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


This program is generously supported by grant funding from the NEA Artworks program.


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

Director, Opera Children's Chorus

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.

Kristel Jelenik Brown
Kristel Jelinek Brown

Stage Director, Opera Children's Chorus

Kristel Jelinek Brown is a director, teaching artist, and performer, who holds both a Masters Degree in Applied Theater from the City University of New York, and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado (Boulder). Her performance credits include: Norwegian Cruise Lines (principal vocalist), The Show at Showboat, Atlantic City (principal vocalist), Urban Cowboy: The Musical (First Nat’l Tour) regional productions of Lysistrata Jones (Cleonice), Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), Aida (Ensemble), Grease (Frenchy), and Alice in Wonderland (White Queen). Directing/choreography credits include: The Sound of Music, Le Nozze di Figaro, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Merry Widow, Bye Bye Birdie, and Seussical. Kristel is the current the Director of Voice, Theatrical, and Specialized Programming for Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder. Her teaching artist experience extends, locally, to Imagine! of Lafayette, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn’s Spellbound Theater Company, Broadway’s Inspire Change Program, the CUNY CAT Youth Theater program, and the New Americans Welcome Center of Staten Island. She resides in Lafayette with her husband, Darin, and two children, Charlotte and Bodie.

Registration for this program is closed for 2018.


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