Teacher Seminar Series

Presented in partnership with Sacramento County Office of Education we are offering a Free Series of seminars to Sacramento Area Music & Arts Teachers.


Alisa Magallón is a versatile musician, teaching artist and arts advocate and administrator living in Houston, Texas. She has been active in opera education and community engagement programs since 2009, predominantly with Houston Grand Opera (HGO), Minnesota Opera, and Young Audiences of Houston. Currently, Magallón is the Senior Education Manager at HGO; she oversees implementation of school and community-based programs via arts integration projects, performances, and classes throughout the region. Alisa is passionate about mentoring other performers into the teaching artist field and connecting opera to diverse communities. In recent years, her focus has been on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skill building in all education and artistic projects she encounters. As a member of Opera America’s class of 2017 Leadership Intensive, Magallón has been identified as one of the most promising professionals in the field of opera administration and an emerging leader in the opera industry.

Magallón attained a bachelor of arts in music from Luther College and a master of music in vocal performance from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. She has performed as a young artist with Chicago Opera Theater, given concerts in Chicago’s famed Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, performed in the Teatro Piccinni in Bari, Italy, was the touring soprano for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!, and has given recitals in the capital city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. In 2014 she was awarded first place in the annual Lois Alba Aria Competition. In 2018 performed the title role in Manon Lescaut for the Soma International Foundation, Inc. in a semi-staged concert.

Colleen Maybin (she/her) is the newly appointed Director of Performing and Fine Arts at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. She lives in Tsawwassen BC, on the traditional lands of the Tsawwassen Nation. Colleen is a producer, educator, and arts leader who specializes in the practice of community-engaged arts. Her professional experience includes over 15 years with performing arts organizations in Vancouver, London UK, and across North America. She is currently finishing a PhD in arts education at Simon Fraser University. Colleen’s research focuses on critical pedagogy, social justice, and music education. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from the University of British Columbia. Colleen is best known for her ability to establish deep connections between art, audiences, and contemporary society. “I believe arts organizations, artists, and arts educators are essential to the development of healthy, vibrant communities. The arts are how we tell the stories of who we are, where we came from, and what we believe in. Engaging with arts is how we know ourselves and learn from each other.

Registration is closed, to see if there are spaces open this week or next please email clawson@sacphilopera.org.