Children’s Opera

Details of the 2019-20 Children’s Opera to be announced soon.


April 26, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Burton Elementary and Middle School Auditorium
2133 Buchanan Ave SW | Grand Rapids, MI 49507

The 2018-19 Children’s Opera Program took place at Burton Elementary and Middle School and included 50 student participants. The students performed “The Miracle Tree,” an ecological opera written and choreographed by the Program’s Directors, William and Hollis Bokhout. “The Miracle Tree” takes place in the beautiful, dense Amazon Rainforest and introduces us to characters such as Gaia, goddess of the Earth, and the creatures and villagers who call the rainforest home.

Importance of Arts Education

The arts are essential. They teach students invaluable lessons—such as the importance of practice, the benefits of collaboration, and that there’s more than one way to find a solution to a problem.

Numerous research discuss the ways that arts education nurture students’ ability to succeed in school, work, and life in general. Despite the impressive benefits of arts education, many students do not have access to these quality learning experiences. That’s what makes programs such as these vital to a children’s learning experience.