The Twin Cities Opera Guild (TCOG) is dedicated to opera education and outreach, both in the schools and for the general public, in the seven-county metropolitan area and throughout the State of Minnesota and some adjacent states.TCOG helps finance musical productions staged by students who work on their own sets, costumes, and perform as members of the orchestra and cast. We sponsor special student matinees at operas produced by Minnesota Opera and other local performing groups. Professional singers and musicians visit schools for interactive programs with students. In addition to our school programs, TCOG supports summer music camps and workshops, and awards annual scholarships through the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program and other programs for young singers.

Each year, schools and other arts organizations are invited to submit requests for grants that support music education. Requests are reviewed twice a year by a volunteer group of board members and awards are made based on the project merit. If you are interested in submitting a grant request, please contact Karen Johnson, Education Chair at In 2016, over $100,000 in education grants were made and we were able to reach over 26,000 students.

Metropolitan Boys Choir Scholarship support K-12 on-going
Minnetonka Chamber Choir Scholarship support 9-12 on-going
Northfield Youth Choirs Scholarship support K-12 on-going
Urban Arts Academy School After-school music program K-8 Sept-June
Lundstrum Performing Arts Center After-school/weekend classes K-12 Sept-June
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music After-school program at 6 low income schools K-12 Sept-June
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Chorale music program on El Sistema model at 7 schools K-7 Sept-June
Cantus Artists-in-Residence 3 high schools 9-12 Oct-May
ComMUSICation After-school choral program 3-8 Oct-June
Metropolitan Opera Auditions District and Regional awards N/A January
Folwell Arts Magnet School 4th & 5th grade original operas K-6 Jan-June
VocalEssence Cantaré Hispanic Choral Program 2-12 Feb-May
Linwood Monroe Arts Magnet 4th grade original opera K-5 February
Opera for the Young Performances of Elixir of Love in 10 elementary schools K-5 February
New Richmond School District/Opera for the Young Performances of Elixir of Love in 3 elementary schools K-5 February
Roseville Middle School Student Musical 6-8 February
Fargo-Moorhead Opera Quartet performances in FM area high schools 9-12 Feb-March
Murray Middle School Student Musical 6-8 March
Capitol Hill Middle School Student Musical with Steppingstone Theater 6-8 March
University of Minnesota Opera Theatre Quartet performances in 10 schools 1-12 April
Fargo-Moorhead Opera Quartet performances in 10 Twin Cities area schools 1-12 April
White Bear Lake Middle School Student Musical 6-8 April
Minnesota Opera Dress rehearsal of La bohème 6-12 May
Mill City Summer Opera Workshops and Dress Rehearsal 7-12 July
Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth Summer workshop 7-12 July
Mixed Precipitation 5 one week-long summer camps 1-9 July-August
Lakes Area Music Festival (Brainerd) Music Day Camp 1-5 August
University of Minnesota Summer opera workshop 9-12 August