SCMC is proud to offer a variety of music education programs for West Michigan youth. Our wide array of kids music classes provide training and experience in everything from jazz to chamber music, music clubs, and music


OPERAtunity, a collaboration between St. Cecilia Music Center and Opera Grand Rapids, gives middle school and high school groups, individuals and homeschool families a behind-the-scenes snapshot of themes and characters, drama and music of each opera.

OPERAtunity begins with a presentation and discussion from an Opera Grand Rapids artist, then a pizza dinner is served. Students will then make their way to to the performance, either in Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center or to Devos Hall with their teachers or parents to enjoy the final closed dress rehearsal.

October 30, 2019 
The Mikado
by Gilbert & Sullivan

The Mikado is a comic operetta in two acts set in mythical Japan.  Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado.  He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn’t know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together.


6:00PM | Opera Talk with a guest speaker from the production
6:30PM |  Pizza Dinner
7:00PM |  Dress Rehearsal in Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center

OPERAtunity is $10 per person and includes opera talk, dinner and dress rehearsal performance.





Strings to Schools (STS) is a free after-school beginning strings program open to any student who attends Stocking Elementary or Kent Hills Elementary.

Established to help fill a gap in elementary instrumental education in Grand Rapids Public Schools, students in grades 1-5 receive string instruction two days per week for 45 minutes each session. For students with an interest in learning how to play the violin, viola, or cello, this class provides the training they need to get started. There is no cost to the student or the school – all instruments, music, and instruction is paid for in full by SCMC.

STS students receive excellent arts instruction in a nurturing, hands-on environment. There is a large focus on teamwork and the development of good practice habits alongside the instruction on music fundamentals. All students bring their instruments home with them after school and on holiday breaks so that they are able to practice as much as possible. At the end of the school year, the students’ hard work is showcased in a performance for friends and family in St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium.