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 two 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 1: Ages 3 to 4 – 4:30 pm to 4:55 pm
Kinder 2: Ages 5 to grade 1 – 5:00 pm to 5:30 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.
Annual tuition $200
Annual tuition $225
Annual tuition $275
Director of Children's Choruses
Brenda Winkle began directing choirs in 1996 and became the Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses Director in October 2017. She has directed choirs of all ages from students as young as 3 to adult choirs. Brenda earned Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Boise State University.
Brenda moved to Boise in 2004 and began teaching in the Boise School District in 2007. Since being in Boise she has directed the All City Honor Choir and choirs at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. Brenda is currently the elementary music specialist and choir director SE Boise.
Under her direction, singers in OICC have performed as soloists for Boise Philharmonic, Knock ‘em Dead Dinner Theatre and more. The premier children’s choruses of the Treasure Valley; Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses have successfully performed in collaborative endeavors with Boise Philharmonic, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Treasure Valley Concert Band, and Ballet Idaho.
When not directing choirs, Brenda enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter and their two dogs, practicing yoga, hiking or traveling.