Pittsburgh Opera
Sessions: 4 | Students: 10 | Grades: 9-12 | Meets: Varies

Total Costs: A $75.00 registration fee payable to Allegheny Intermediate Unit is due when Apprenticeship Application Page is mailed to our office.

Students will be exposed to all aspects of a professional opera company. Students must attend four mandatory half-days touring and learning about all Pittsburgh Opera departments, observing and participating in coaching sessions, and investigating requirements for careers in opera. Students may choose to participate in additional activities, including performance and education programs. These sessions are mandatory and take place on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Opera headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional, optional, events will be shared at the first session.

Fall 2018 Schedule:

September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Instructor Bio: Pittsburgh Opera Director of Education Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., has taught students from pre-school through graduate school how to learn, how to make music, and how to teach. Marilyn explores ways to integrate the arts meaningfully into all subject areas through a wide array of opera programs for educators, students, schools, families, and adults. For her work at Pittsburgh Opera, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council presented Marilyn with a Work of Art Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2009 and a second Work of Art Award for Established Accessibility Champion in 2013.

Dr. Egan has offered graduate courses on classroom techniques, learning styles, brain-based instruction, and multiple intelligences through Performance Learning Systems. She has taught at Duquesne University, Gannon University, Geneva College, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University. Marilyn has degrees in Music Education, Music Theory, and Orff certification from Duquesne University; the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate and License from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University.

For 26 years, Marilyn volunteered at Radio Information Service as a newspaper reader, host of Towntalk (an interview program), and producer of special audio descriptive programs. For fun and variety, Marilyn served as a Nonresponse Follow-up Enumerator for the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census, designed and presented in-service presentations for teachers at Colegio Casuarinas y Colegio Robles in Lima, Peru, and is currently reading the 100 best novels selected by the editorial board of Modern Library.

About Pittsburgh Opera

The Pittsburgh Opera headquarters includes offices and rehearsal spaces in the George Westinghouse Air Brake Factory. <br> <br> Pittsburgh Opera purchased the building in 2008 and renovated it for producing and rehearsing opera. The original exposed brick interior walls, 150 historically accurate windows, and the original metal fire safes where Westinghouse, according to legend, stored his paperwork every night when he closed the factory, were kept intact. To commemorate the building's Westinghouse origins, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission installed an historical marker near the original office entrance. <br> <br> The U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) awarded Pittsburgh Opera LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to the Silver level under its Operations and Maintenance category. The award establishes Pittsburgh Opera as the first green opera company in an existing building in the U.S. and the Company's headquarters as the oldest LEED-certified structure in Pittsburgh. <br> <br> Pittsburgh Opera's home has a storied and rich history—what better place to produce artistically excellent operas from a vast repertoire, using a fresh and visionary approach. <br> <br> BRIEF DIRECTIONS TO THE PITTSBURGH OPERA HEADQUARTERS <br> Travel to 25th Street and Liberty Avenue in the Strip District. Enter Pittsburgh Opera from the 25th Street side. <br> <br> Free parking is available on Penn Avenue or the side streets. Other parking is available in a $7 lot beside the Harp & Fiddle restaurant. Enter the lot from Penn Avenue; exit onto Smallman Street. Please walk back to the 25th Street entrance to the building.