Northeast Region

Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc.
Address: PO Box 566
Buffalo, NY
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Opera Guild Description:

The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation supporting and promoting opera in Western New York and especially the idea of a dedicated performing arts space for opera and ballet.  Our organization, established in 1988, commits a significant amount of donations received to our established endowment fund and to grants for opera- related projects and education, especially for the youth, in Buffalo and the Niagara region.

As continuing advocates of opera, our work includes:
· Performances in the form of children’s tickets
· Annual scholarship for a nominated young vocalist from a local studio to continue vocal lessons
· Material support to local musical organizations
· Opera outreach programs for children and seniors
· Offering three concerts each year to the community
· Coordinating and promoting National Opera Week in Buffalo/Niagara
We are also proud of EHJ Memorial Fund, Inc.’s, Singing it Forward outreach program, created especially for children to bring classical, operatic, and musical education to WNY schools throughout the year.  It has been so successful, that an adult version is now available for the community.

Anastasia Johnson, Ph.D., is president.

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Opera Guild Phone Number: (716) 885-2486
Opera Guild of Rochester
Address: P.O. Box 25613
Rochester, NY
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The Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. presents free opera lectures at local libraries, tours to productions of leading local opera companies and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, as well as our popular Beat-the-Blahs — The Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series at Temple B’rith Kodesh.  The Guild also has a newly updated Reading Room that contains handouts and playlists for all of our free lectures, as well as our monthly newsletter and opera flyers that are handed out at local opera events such as the MET HD broadcasts in local theaters..

Carol Crocca is the guild president.

Opera Guild Phone Number: (585) 334-2323
Opera Maine
Address: PO Box 7733
Portland, ME
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Opera Maine is the only opera company in Maine that presents fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. We are dedicated to producing creative, inspiring and professional opera performances of artistic excellence. We achieve this mission by:
Promoting our performances and other events locally, regionally, and nationally
Providing educational opportunities related to opera in local schools and other forums
Fostering young operatic talent
Reaching out to our audience, supporters, and community to share our enthusiasm for opera and to collaborate with them in creating and enjoying our productions.

Caroline Koelker is the Managing Director.

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Opera Guild Phone Number: (207) 879-7678
Seattle Opera Guild
Address: PO Box 5745
Lynnwood, WA
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Opera Guild Description:

The Seattle Opera Guild has been providing educational and social opportunities for its members since 1956. Through its fundraising activities, the Guild has raised $65,000 each year for donation to opera-related organizations. The bulk of the money has gone to Seattle Opera, but other recipients include King county libraries, Metropolitan Opera National council—Northwest Region and Northwest Opera In schools Etc. (NOISE).

The eleven Preview Groups of the Seattle Opera Guild are essentially independent in the manner in which they operate their previews and special events. Each is a close-knit social group, whose members cherish the associations that they form through group activity. Each group is expected to raise a significant amount of money each season to supplement the funds available to the guild for donations, and each group chooses different methods of doing this. The groups are organized primarily along geographical lines, but there is nothing mandatory about this. People generally join a group to be with friends, or to enjoy previews at a time and location that they find convenient.

Gayle Charlesworth is the guild president.

The Guild of the Glimmerglass Festival
Address: PO Box 191
Cooperstown, NY
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Opera Guild Description:

The Glimmerglass guild provides essential volunteer support to the company throughout the year.  With approximately 200 members, the Guild fills a variety of company needs through its various service, fundraising and education programs.

The Guild furnishes suppers for production staff on Saturday afternoons in July and August when hectic schedules do not allow the staff to leave the site for a dinner break between matinee and evening performances.  Guild members also help paint residences used by guest artists, serve as greeters at performances and other events, provide transportation for artists and staff to and from area airports and train stations, assist with campus landscaping, enter information into databases, act as volunteer ushers, and much, much more.  The Guild averages almost 6,000 hours of volunteer assistance every year. In addition to the many volunteer hours, the Guild collectively contributes more than $20,000 to the company every year through the sponsorship of the Doris P. Shields Artistic Intern, the opening night receptions, and other in-kind donations. Through its many programs and initiatives, the Glimmerglass Guild inspires conversations about opera within its membership and works to encourage an appreciation of the art form within the community.

Dennis Banks is the guild president.