About SBYO:

Santa Barbara Youth Opera, now in its second year, provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment. Young singers will also enjoy unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company.

This year the Youth Opera celebrates the work of Benjamin Britten, with a performance of the composer’s Ceremony of Carols in December and an original children’s opera production of his one-act opera Noye’s Fludde in February.

Erin McKibben will direct the program in collaboration with Kostis Protopapas, Opera Santa Barbara’s Artistic Director and in conjunction with Andy Radford, Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

For additional information on the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, email [email protected] or call 805-898-3890.


2017/2018 SBYO Performance Schedule

December 9, 2017, 5:00pm

Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols

at the Santa Barbara Presidio

OSB Artistic Director, Kostis Protopapas

Music Director, Erin McKibben


February 3, 2018, 3:00pm

Noyes Fludde, a one-act opera

at First United Methodist Church

Kostis Protopapas, conductor

Andy Radford, Music Director of the

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony


February 9, 2018

Opera Santa Barbara’s Opera Ball

Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito

Other outreach activities TBA.

SBYO Program Director

Erin McKibben is an active performer and educator in Southern California, originally from Portland, Oregon. Locally, she is the Music Director of the Santa Barbara Revels and Choir Director of the Franklin Academy Children’s Choir (after spending 5 years as Choir Director for the el Sistema inspired music program, the Incredible Children’s Art Network). She is a Teaching Artist in Choral Music and Flute for the Santa Barbara Symphony, performs as a principal with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra, and is owner and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music. Erin is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble, wild Up, whose performances LA Times music critic Mark Swed has described as “impressive both technically and for their unabashed spirit.” The group’s recent New York City debut was listed in the New York Times’ “Best Classical Music of 2015.” She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, Colburn’s Zipper Hall, Warner Brothers Studios, and as soloist at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. As a chamber musician, Erin participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has been heard on Santa Barbara’s classical music radio station as a featured artist. Erin was also engaged as the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Chapter Conference of the College Music Society. She holds a BM from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter as a fellow.

L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore