Workshop Descriptions

Opera by Children: A foray Into Imagination and ELA Connections

Session 1: Grades 2–6

A foray into the imaginative minds of young people is a privileged experience; the power of creativity is robustly unleashed in the process of creating a group opera. From story to libretto, set design to full ‘ginormous’ backdrop paintings, melody to performance; a group of young people do it all in less than 1,000 words. You can too! Join our session and together we will write and create an opera story! Learn what it takes to create an opera with your own students. It is easier than you think!!

pamPamela Gee

Pamela Nelson Gee is an accomplished arts educator, performer, playwright, wife, mother and friend. Over the past 20 years she has taught, mentored, performed, and inspired using the arts, especially in education. From grassroots to state to national involvement, Pamela has been able to develop purposeful processes in arts education in collaboration and association with the best people in the arts education business. Pamela began acting as a young child and teaching creative drama by age 15 with the Children's Festival Theatre in Rexburg, ID. Graduated from Ricks College and Utah State in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in music and dance. While attending Utah State, Ruth B. Call hired Pamela to teach and direct shows for the Unicorn Theater and she continued for 12 years. (She has recently returned, moonlighting as the education director. ) Having worked for CVCA as the Education Outreach Manager and Art Camp Director, she moved into an administrative role as Education Associate in 2003 for Utah Festival along with her continued creative role with the Opera by Children program since its inception and has now been the Director for five years. Co-author and Co-Editor of the "Opera by Children" training manual: A step-by-step approach for teachers to use as they incorporate opera into their core curriculum, directed the development of the On-line training website, and developed and teaches the online OBC course for USU. She has traveled the country teaching Opera by Children methods. She is a frequent presenter on teaching the arts to children, arts administration, creative drama and adjudicates for the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards. She also enjoys being a private acting coach, and playwright! She stands as a Change Leader for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and a frequent grant panelist. She has been influential with the recent update of the Utah Fine Arts Core Standards.