Program Description

The Lyric Workshop at Oregon State University is a performance ensemble and training program devoted to preparing outstanding opera and music theatre artists for professional careers on the stage. Through the production of operas and musicals, a deep focus on dramatic training, and myriad performance opportunities, the OSU Lyric Workshop promotes a creative, student-centered atmosphere where students are able to cultivate their craft in a safe environment, supported by encouraging faculty and peers.


The Lyric Workshop perform full productions and scenes showcases from the major operatic tradition as well as important contemporary works. Most operas are performed in original languages. Students enjoy in-depth acting and musical training as they work towards the production of large-scale operas and showcases of scenes from across the operatic spectrum.

Musical Theatre

The Lyric Workshop stages a biennial collaboration with the OSU Theatre Arts program on a major musical theatre work. This gives our singers the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment as they experience comprehensive training in musical theatre performance skills.

Acting for Singers

Each spring term, in lieu of mounting a full opera production, the Lyric Workshop offers Acting for Singers, an intensive course covering basic acting principles, the Stanislavskian system, actioning, character research, movement, audition and industry prep, working with the musical score to clarify musical and dramatic beats and more.