Young Artist Development and Community Engagement Programs »
Amarillo Opera's Young Artist Development/Community Engagement Programs begin at a very early age. The programs feed into one another so that people of all ages can develop their talents through the programs of Amarillo Opera.

ARTS: An Alternative » 
Aimed at children ages 5-13, this program offers lessons and workshops in visual arts, music, drama, dance, poetry and comportment – building self-esteem and confidence in local youth. Since its inception, the program has served over 16,000 area youth in seven neighborhood sites in Amarillo. Programming is summer based and offered in day camp settings at The Maverick Boys and Girls Club, The Wesley Community Center, The Black Historical Cultural Center, Buckner's Bruce Ford Community Center and Ascension Academy. Camp counseling is provided by the Artist in Training Program. Children that express an interest in the art form are encouraged to participate in the Summer Youth Musical.

Summer Youth Musical »
Beginning in the summer of 2013, Amarillo Opera is the sole sponsor of the annual Summer Youth Musical at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Launched in the summer of 2004 as a collaborative effort with Civic Amarillo and aimed at ages 9-19, it is an invaluable training ground for young regional singers. Artists in Training participants serve as mentors to these middle and high school aged young artists. 

Sunday Sessions: An Actor's Intensive »
Select students from the Summer Youth Musical Program ages 10-18 are chosen for advanced master classes throughout the year. Artists are evaluated and mentored on their progress in technique and presentation. Sunday Session students participate in community outreach events at nursing homes and at other community programming venues.

Artists in Training »
College aged artists are retained each summer to mentor youngsters in the ARTS: an Alternative program. Beginning in the summer of 2011, these Artists in Training also assisted with the Summer Youth Musical and are available for more extensive community outreach. Amarillo Opera annually distributes more than $40,000 in scholarships to these young students who are encouraged to continue with Amarillo Opera as part of the Opera Ensemble. Those interested in being an Artist in Training should fill out the application found here.

Amarillo College Opera Workshop »
Through our unique partnership with Amarillo College, Amarillo Opera's General Director serves as an adjunct faculty member of Amarillo College and leads a section of the institution's Opera Workshop. AC students are given opportunities to participate in main stage productions and educational outreach programs. Many of these students are Artists in Training.

The Emily Pulley Endowed Scholarships at WTAMU »
In the Fall of 2010, WTAMU announced the establishment of the Emily Pulley Endowed Scholarships which will pay fees to WTAMU vocal students that sing small roles and in the ensemble of Amarillo Opera. This important new initiative strengthens our relationship with a major University and will help them attract quality singers into the vocal music program at WTAMU. Many of these students will also be Artists in Training.

Amarillo Opera Ensemble »
Aimed at regional professionals at all levels, the Amarillo Opera Ensemble, a group of 24-32 singers, is meant to be the premiere small vocal ensemble in the Texas Panhandle. Ensemble members are called on to do outreach activities and are given comprimario and small roles in mainstage productions whenever possible.

Amarillo Opera Texas Artists »
These young principal artists are engaged by the company to ensure that the next generation of American operatic artists is heavily represented by singers from the Texas Panhandle. This recently added sponsorship category for our donors encourages Panhandle residents to support regional artistry.

Amarillo Opera Principal Artists »
Those that come up through the ranks of the programs listed above will hopefully graduate to Principal Artist status and return to Amarillo Opera for years to come - working with young artists at every stage of development.

All of these programs continue to support Amarillo Opera's educational and community engagement efforts including our annual mainstage season of two operas, our Family Chamber Opera Series, our Musica Variada Concert, and our Summer Youth Musical.