You're Invited to Join OTSL's Docent Program

Opera Theatre relies on the enthusiastic support of nearly 300 dedicated volunteers who — in 2019 — generously gave over 16,000 hours of their time to the company. One such group of volunteers, the Docent Committee, is devoted to presenting opera-related educational lectures throughout the community.

OTSL’s docents visit senior centers, churches, synagogues, schools, and libraries to teach people about opera. And now, as part of an ambitious new plan intended to reach a larger and more diverse audience, the Docent Committee is expanding its reach, including educational organizations and social clubs. In addition, they are working to offer age-appropriate opera talks for children through local libraries and childcare centers, getting the word out and encouraging interest in Opera Theatre’s education programs, including Opera Camp for Kids.

To implement this expansion successfully, we need your help — if you’re passionate about opera, we’re asking you to consider sharing your love of the art form by becoming a docent! Experienced docents will guide you through the training process, provide content for your opera talk, and equip you with strategies and training for effective, engaging presentations.

If this piques your interest, please contact Rachel Butchko, Constituent Relations Coordinator, at rbutchko@opera-stl.org or (314) 963-4225. Rachel will put you in touch with a volunteer to learn more about what’s involved in becoming a docent. The first docent lecture for the 2020 Festival Season is Wednesday, December 4. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Gailya Barker
OTSL Guild, Docent Advisory Committee