Opera Idaho’s children’s programs are designed to encourage acceptance, appreciation and enjoyment of opera in young people. Founded by Linda Eustice Berg, the programs hope to enable students to experience a live opera performance first hand with professional singers, and acquaint students with opera terminology, history and the lives of great opera composers. Opera Idaho’s programs also introduce students to the significance of theater, set and costume design in opera.
The Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses program provides learning and performing experiences in classic repertoire, and encourages healthy vocal technique for children through membership in a vocal ensemble. Musical education objectives are accomplished through weekly rehearsal sessions and performances through the year. Performances range from choral concerts to appearing in Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho productions and other venues throughout the Treasure Valley.
The program includes three vocal groups:
Kinder Chorus – 3yo to 1st grade*
Angelus Chorus – 2nd to 5th grades*
Excelsior Chorus – 6th to 12th grades*
* If interested singers fall outside of these age ranges or would like to sing in a choir other than their grade assigns, please talk to the director so we can find the best place for them.
Opera Idaho Studio
513 South 8th Street, Boise
Kinder Chorus rehearse on Mondays
Kinder: Ages 3 to 4 – 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Angelus & Excelsior choruses rehearse on Wednesdays:
Angelus: 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Excelsior: 5:30pm to 6:45pm
The program is tuition-based; scholarships are available in limited number for those showing financial need.
Kinder Chorus – $200 per year
Angelus Chorus – $225 per year
Excelsior Chorus – $275 per year
There may be additional performance attire costs yet to be determined.
* Financial assistance available. There is a $15.00 discount if the full year’s tuition is paid by 10/30/20. If you have more than one child enrolled in the Children’s Chorus programs, there is a $15 discount per additional child.
COVID-19 & the Children's Choruses
The health and safety of our young singers and staff is very important for us. For in person sessions will be temperature-taking upon arrival, students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the building, face masks will be required and social distance measures will be observed with rehearsal seating. We will be offering a virtual option for those who are not ready to step back into the choral rehearsal.
Virtual rehearsals will be a live stream of the in-person rehearsal, where singers at home will be ‘in the room’ with the rehearsal interacting as much as they can. Once families begin to have more confidence that public environments are safer, they can begin to join us at rehearsals.
Parents and/or students will be required to read and sign our back to the studio guidelines & COVID-19 waiver.
Director of Children's Choruses
Kerry Calverley has been working with children’s and youth choirs of all levels for 30 years. Most recently, Kerry was the director of choirs at East Junior High School in the Boise School District. In the Boise area, she has been a children’s choir director at Trinity Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, also co-directing musical theater productions for the singers in these programs. Previously, while living in Ukiah, California, Kerry created and implemented the Ukiah Community Children’s Chorus while also leading a K-8 music program at St. Mary’s of the Angels School and teaching music classes for Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE).
Kerry also taught in Lodi, California at Bear Creek High School and at John Muir Elementary, leading choirs at both levels and locations. Kerry is a graduate of California State University-Fresno where she has a degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance, also previously studying with a similar double-major at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. Kerry has been involved in various opera workshops, including starring in Menotti’s The Telephone and a Rhinemaiden in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, as well as leading roles in Wiz, Grease and also performing in L’il Abner and The Music Man. Kerry is a member of the Idaho Chapter American Choral Directors Association as well as the Idaho Music Education Association. Kerry has also served as an accompanist for various performing groups through the years.
Kerry is married to Steve and has 2 daughters. Allison, who sang in Opera Idaho’s Children’s Choruses for 3 years, is now a student at University of Idaho, and Kate is a student at University of Arizona. Kerry also works in real estate and is currently working on some historic home renovations. She loves to cook, entertain, play tennis, hike and travel.