Opera Philadelphia

Save the Boys: Student Guide

Welcome to our virtual Dress Rehearsal Program for Tyshawn Sorey's Save the Boys! Through this program, we invite you to dive into the poetry, life, and legacy of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper who's 1887 title poem serve as the text for this new Digital Commission.


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Cast & Creative Team

Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Soreycomposer
John Holiday
John Holidaycountertenor
Grant Loehnig
Grant Loehnigpianist

view the full creative team of Save the Boys here

Lessons & Activities

Who was Frances Ellen Watkins Harper?
Who was Frances Ellen Watkins Harper?Philadelphia's Unsung Hero
"Save the Boys"
"Save the Boys"read Harper's 1881 poem
Historical Tour
Historical TourDiscover Harper's Philadelphia
Speeches & Reenactments
Speeches & ReenactmentsUplifting Harper's words
Reading List
Reading ListComing Soon!
Teaching Save the Boys
Teaching Save the Boysprofessional development by Kalela Williams

Dedicated funding for the Sounds of Learning Dress Rehearsal Program has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Eugene Garfield Foundation, Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, and Mr. William A. Loeb

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