Students receive regular performance opportunities at the Chicago Opera Theater, including covering roles, chorus participation and consideration for principal roles. There are also targeted coaching and networking opportunities with composers, librettists, conductors and directors from outside of Chicago who are brought in for COT activities.
Students participate in sessions on “business/life” topics like taxes, engagement with donors, managers/agents, industry experts, websites/resumes and personal marketing. The Chicago Opera Theater also hosts occasional donor-focused events where students are coached on how to engage a room of donors.
In addition to vocal training CCPA classes offer students a well-rounded arts education that includes languages, movement, acrobatics, puppetry and other theatrical skill trainings.