Youth Opera Experience

The 3-day Musical Theater experience ("Youth Opera") at the Star Valley Jr. Music Festival (held at the Thayne Community Center) culminates in an outstanding performance that is an audience favorite every summer! PLEASE NOTE that the festival is reduced in 2019 - - the Youth Opera Experience will NOT be held in 2019, but please look for it again in 2020!!!

What you will do & learn...

Professor Kathleen Lane (see bio below) takes students age 8-18 on a 3-day adventure learning, rehearsing and performing classic operetta. Rehearsals are twice a day, morning and afternoon; and they are a fast-paced, fun experience with an energetic Professor Lane and her  accomplished staff, including Alexis Walker.  This is the fifth year of the Youth Opera program and parents are emailed information and guidelines early enough to start listening and anticipating the process to come. Casting, musical arrangements, and organization take place before the first  rehearsal, and music is provided. Operetta is perfect for fun,  lighthearted singing and stage movement, appropriate for any age.   

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This Youth Opera Experience is a rare, unique opportunity to work closely with Professor Lane, an accomplished music educator and voice teacher with four decades of teaching experience at every level. Young students learn vocal technique, confidence, projection, poise, and the joy of performing. The performance is held at the final Honors Concert of the  music festival on Friday evening to an audience of over 300 community members 

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Schedule (2020)

Rehearsals begin promptly at 9am each morning and 3pm each afternoon (except Friday).  Students are treated with respect and given the opportunity to demonstrate their maturity, as they are expected to arrive on time, with needed materials and with an excited attitude ready to dive in and learn!

Wednesday Rehearsals: 9-11am and 3-5 pm

Thursday Rehearsals: 9-11am and 3-5 pm

Friday Rehearsal: 9-11am

Friday Performance Honors Concert: 6pm (The Youth Opera will be at the end of the program)

If you cannot attend ALL of the scheduled times above, please do not sign up for this experience, but we will hope to see you next year!

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Professor Kathleen Lane



Professor Kathleen Lane joined the Idaho State University voice faculty in 1993, after teaching singing for five years at the Yale University School of Drama.  At ISU she currently serves as Vocal Coordinator and head of Opera ISU, while appearing as a singer and actress throughout the region and maintaining an active and successful voice studio. This past winter she was featured in the title role of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium at the Old Town Actors Studio in Pocatello Idaho.  

As general director of Opera ISU since 1996, Prof. Lane has revitalized the program, mounting major productions ranging from Johann Strauss and Franz Lehar, to Mozart and Puccini.  In 2016 she collaborated with Theatre ISU as music director for Frank Loesser’s popular musical, Guys and Dolls and Ned Rorem’s opera version of Our Town is scheduled for spring of 2018.

Well-known as a choral conductor, Prof. Lane founded and directs the ISU Women’s Choir. Ever dedicated to artistic outreach and education, she offers clinics and master classes throughout the Northwest; most recently speaking at the All Northwest Music Educators Convention this past February, in Bellevue Washington. 

Professor Lane earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Montana, followed by post-graduate studies in choral conducting at Portland State University. After winning the 1986 district Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the mezzo-soprano was recruited into the Yale University Opera Program, where she earned her Master of Music degree in 1988, along with the Yale School of Music Alumni Prize. 

Student Testimonials...

"Professor Lane was so fun to work with, and we learned so much from her! I loved being in the Youth Opera with her!" - Annie Johnson