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The applications for 2022 Matching Grants and awards have all been received and reviewed and will be announced in the next newsletter.  All the winners will be recognized at the May Opera Conference in May in Minneapolis.


Nominated for Partners in Excellence Awards were William Everett from the Kansas City Opera for his commitment to the Adult Education Program; Carla Thorpe from Lyric Opera of Chicago for her service to there Chapter and heading the Opera Lovers Lecture Corps; and Sara Young from Opera Omaha Guild who has remained Cotillion Liaison for 26 years while maintaining many other volunteer positions.

Matching Grants were awarded to Central City Opera Guild for “Volunteers Maintain a Denver Tradition with Virtual Home Tour;” Opera Maine for “Training Opera Maine Volunteer Ambassadors;” and Nashville Opera Guild for “Launching a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.”


Projects of Special Merit recognized Lyric Opera of Chicago Chapters’ Executive Board for “Virtual Member Engagement;”  Opera Theater of St. Louis for “Virtual Docent Presentation: Reaching Audiences During Covid Crisis;”  San Francisco Opera Guild for “Life Changing: An Evening with Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie;” and Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc. for “The Songstress and the Swordsman.”

For a fuller description of awards and awardees, go to https://www.operavolunteers.org/matching-grants-and-awards/  Applications for 2022 are now closed.


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