It may have been a couple of lousy years, but good things have been happening nonetheless. OVI and its membership recognized some amazing people and awarded grants to enable more imaginative and worthwhile projects to become reality.
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/ Application materials to download for Matching Grants, Partners in Excellence, and Projects of Special Merit for 2022 as well as contact information can be found via this link.