OVI REGIONS

Map US & Canada rev 3-2012

The Opera Volunteer Regions are listed on the map above. The Directors for each region are listed below.  Your Regional Director is the go-to person for support, education, resources and ideas to help you navigate and enhance your opera volunteer experience. Your Regional Director will connect you to experienced opera volunteers and opera support groups within your region and the entire OVI family. Your Regional Director will help you tap into OVIs network for Projects of Merit, grant opportunities, events, volunteer awards and more.

  • Great Lakes:  Sarajane King
  • Gulf:   Jo Pennington
  • North Central:   Julie Benson
  • South Central:   Wilma Wilcox
  • Northeast:   Anastasia Johnson
  • Southeast:   Laurie Knudsen
  • Northwest:   Gayle Charlesworth
  • Southwest:   Judy Vander Heide


Click the support group name to access its website.

Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild (MO)

Founded in 1961, the Guild celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The Guild is a social and support group for men and women of all ages who attend the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and enjoy the camaraderie of others who share their interests. Throughout the year we party, get up close and personal with the artists and help them get acquainted in town, take trips together, share opera stories, learn LOTS…and generally support the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. We even have a “sub-set” of the Guild—Young Friends of the Lyric—just for young professionals under the age of 40.

Mary Leonida is the Guild president.



5436 Falmouth Rd.

Fairway, KS 66205 USA
Ph: 816-589-4136

Opera Omaha Guild

The Opera Omaha Guild is a group of men and women dedicated to supporting the Company with fundraising and opera education efforts. Members plan and promote events such as Cotillion (etiquette classes for area six graders), an Annual Gala and the Burgers & Bordeaux chef competition and Spirits of the Season wine event.

Connie Kinnear is president of the Opera Omaha Guild.

jdaggett@operaomaha.org

1625 Farnam
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68102 USA
Ph: 402-346-4398

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Guild

The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Guild is a volunteer organization committed to the growth and success of opera in St. Louis.

Since 1976, men and women of all ages have played a vital role in supporting the creative life of OTSL. Guild volunteers work side-by-side with artists, company members, and staff year around. We welcome your involvement, no matter what your time commitment.

Volunteer hours are not spent in meetings, but in contributing your enthusiasm and skills to support OTSL. We have lots of volunteer opportunities:

The guild president is Gailya Barker.

mmyers@opera-stl.org

Sally S. Levy Opera Center
210 Hazel Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 USA
Ph: (314) 963-4226

Cincinnati Opera Guild

The Cincinnati Opera Guild is an organization of more than 100 committed volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the Opera. For more than a half-century their activities have promoted awareness, generated public interest in the company and deepened understanding of the art form. They bring many forms of expertise to advance the organization — from fundraising to education and outreach. Their support is essential to a vast array of ongoing activities and events, and they are among the Opera’s most enthusiastic ambassadors in Greater Cincinnati.

Guild members encourage appreciation of opera as an art form and help the Opera with various fundraising activities. They often provide logistical support for seasonal activities such as dinners before opera performances and the information station in Music Hall’s lobby. The Opera Guild Opera Ball is the most significant annual fundraising event in support of the Opera’s budget.

The Guild President is Sarajane King



7000 Knoll Road

Cincinnati, OH 45237 USA
Ph: (513) 241-2742

Chapters' Executive Board, Lyric Opera of Chicago

In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, special events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of raising money to enhance educational outreach programs and generating support for Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Chapters' Executive Board is the umbrella organization that directs and coordinates activities in the Chapters in the Chicago area and southern Wisconsin.

The Chapters Executive Board President is Sherie Shapiro.



20 N. Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60606 USA
Ph: 312-827-5655

Opera Illinois League

Beginning as a support group for Opera Illinois, Peoria in 1972, the Opera Illinois League survived the closing of its parent company and obtained its own 501(C)(3) under continuing President, Mary Ellen Clancy. The League has provided opportunities for its members to hear pre-performance lectures prior to the Metropolitan Opera matinee series, and has arranged tours to attend performances throughout the Central Illinois area.

Mary Ellen Clancy is the president of the League.



3805 North Knoxville Avenue

Peoria, IL 61614-7403 USA
Ph: 309-686-1368

Austin Opera Guild

The Austin Opera Guild’s mission is to help provide cultural nourishment to the Central Texas community, as well as provide financial support to Austin Opera.

Guild members enjoy the company of other music lovers through educational and social events and volunteer opportunities throughout the opera season.

The Guild is 30 years strong and much has evolved. Today, the Guild is an organization that focuses on volunteer service to the Austin Opera company, opera enrichment for our members through social and educational opportunities, and fundraising through Special Events. Austin Opera Guild members plan and assist with fundraising events, like our signature Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction and our fabulous opening night dinners; welcome our visiting artists to Austin; and present educational programs for local schools and our members.

Almost 300 members make up the Guild, a lifeline for the company and our Central Texas community. There is nothing more rewarding than donating your time, energy, and talent to the Austin Opera.

Marcy Melanson is the guild president.

Guild@AustinOpera.org

3009 Industrial Terrace
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758 USA
Ph: 512-472-5927

Houston Grand Opera Guild

For more than 40 years, the Guild has been behind the scenes, a chorus of support using its many voices to broaden the appeal and knowledge of Houston Grand Opera.
A full calendar of social and educational events and community outreach programs throughout the year
Volunteer performances ranging from one-time commitments to stellar appearances spanning an entire season
Unique opportunities to contribute to the development of young talent and meet the singers who grace the stages of opera houses around the world

The president of Houston Grand Opera Guild is Lynn Gissel.

guild@houstongrandopera.org

1111 Hermann Drive #8B

Houston, TX 77004 USA
Ph: 713-523-8396

Opera Southwest Guild

Opera Southwest’s Mission is to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting to audiences of all ages. Moreover, we play a leadership role in arts education in our community.
Opera Southwest incorporated in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. The 2011-2012 season is Opera Southwest’s 39th year of producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. Opera Southwest’s outreach programs provide an invaluable service by developing free or very low-cost presentations for school children and underserved individuals or groups.
Whether new to opera or a longtime fan, membership in the Opera Southwest (OSW) Guild offers you an unparalleled local opportunity to enjoy and learn more about opera while also supporting OSW.

Gerogia Meyer-Hayes is the president of the guild.
email: ga27m@netzero.net



1308 Hall Ct. SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105 USA
Ph: 505-888-7376

The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (known locally as "Guilds, Inc.") is the umbrella corporation which oversees the six opera guildsin the State of New Mexico.
In their 50 years of existence, the six guilds of The Santa Fe Opera have initiated a variety of programs and continue
(with volunteers in general) to work in collaboration with the company. These include:
* Acting as chaperons for the Opera's "Dress Rehearsal Nights" (formerly known as Youth Nights" until 2014).
* Hosting the Preview Buffet Dinners at the Dapples Pavilion during the season.
* Staffing the summer season backstage tour program. (Monday to Friday, 9am)
* Hosting the Saturday morning "Opera Insiders" breakfasts and back stage tours during the summer opera season.

Elaine Re is the president.

president@guildsofsfo.org

P. O. Box 2658

Santa Fe, NM 87504 USA
Ph: 888-666-3430

Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund

The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) 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 Celebrate 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.
We thank Opera Volunteers International for their sponsorship of Singing it Forward.

Anastasia Johnson, Ph.D., is president.



PO Box 566

Buffalo, NY 14207 USA
Ph: 716-885-2486

Opera Fort Collins Guild

The mission of Opera Fort Collins Guild is to support and to raise awareness of Opera Fort Collins through fundraising, community outreach, and volunteerism.

We are an active support organization of more than 40 dedicated volunteers who meet on the first Monday of the month to plan upcoming projects. We host three of our own fundraising events and assist with three events put on by the Opera Fort Collins Board of Directors. In between the major events, we’re always finding ways to help and promote OFC, whether picking up an opera singer at DIA, providing housing during opera rehearsals, helping schlep stage sets to the theaters, assisting the costumer, hosting a BBQ for the cast, or serving as lobby greeters before the large opera performance. There is no shortage of ways to get involved!

By the way, we have a lot of fun and host a members-only party now and again.

guildinfo@operafortcollins.org

OFC Guild PO Box 270787

Fort Collins, CO 80527 USA
Ph:

Glimmerglass Opera Guild

The Glimmerglass Opera 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, and much, much more.

Many Guild members also serve in the corps of volunteer ushers. 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.

Janet Potter is president.

info@glimmerglassoperaguild.org

PO Box 191

Cooperstown, NY 13326 USA
Ph: (607) 547-2255

The Opera League of Los Angeles

The Opera League of Los Angeles was founded in 1981, dedicated to supporting LA Opera and to stimulating interest and participation in opera in the Southern California community. Opera League members have opportunities to attend Seminars, Musicales, Backstage Magic programs, the Season Preview, and social gatherings held at various locations around Southern California. They also volunteer for a variety of tasks--preparation of cast dinners during rehearsal periods, assisting at LA Opera’s many educational and community events, working at the Opera League Boutique, and others.

The president of the League is Marlene Chavez.

president@operaleague.org

P.O. Box 49933

Los Angeles, CA 90049-0933 USA
Ph: 213.972.7220

Portland Opera Guild

Founded in 1960 by a group dedicated to supporting opera in Oregon, Portland Opera Guild has evolved into an organization that generously supports opera projects. and also has a portfolio of unique responsibilities and events which it manages for Guild membership.

From outstanding luncheons featuring performances by local singers, picnics at Opera in the Park sponsored by SummerFest Portland, to acting as volunteers in coordination with the Metropolitan Operation National Council Auditions, Portland Opera Guild blends social time and networking with many other meaningful educational and philanthropic programs. Our Guild Newsletter, the Coloratura, and OperaTunities listing of local opera events, as well as social media listings of performances, keep our members and the public informed about Opera. Contact info@portlandoperaguild.org for further information about the organization!

The President of Portland Opera Guild is Rodney Mazour.

info@portlandoperaguild.org

PO Box 25028

Portland, OR 97298 USA
Ph: 360-567-8516

San Francisco Opera Guild

San Francisco Opera Guild believes that the life lessons drawn from creative expression are the foundation of confidence and integrity. Celebrating 75 years of offering enthralling, award winning K-12 education programs and engaging community outreach programs, our mission is to give voice to potential, extending the impact of opera and bringing it center stage into the life of the community.

At a time when funding is a challenge and the arts are hard to come by in many school settings, it is more important than ever to foster students' innovative and creative hearts and minds. We share our passion with today’s teachers. With the help of our donors and sponsors, we create programs that nurture the expressive nature in students, inspiring them to make positive choices and helping them grow to become conscientious, sensitive and culturally aware adults. Through our fundraising and San Francisco Opera Guild's education fund, "A Gift for All Seasons," more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools throughout Northern California find their voices each year, benefiting from the power of arts education as only opera can deliver.
San Francisco Opera Guild’s five Chapters reach thousands of people annually—through lectures, events and news—and encourage an appreciation of the art form, ensuring the ongoing relevance of and interest in opera.

The president of the guild is Jane Mudge.
Susan Malott is managing director.

sfoguild@sfopera.com

301 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102 USA
Ph: (415) 565-3291

Seattle Opera Guild

The Seattle Opera Guild has been providing educational and social opportunities for its members since 1956. Current Guild membership is approximately 450. Through its fundraising activities, the Guild has raised of $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 essentially 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.

The president of Seattle Opera Guild is Christine Szabadi.



5620 s. 233rd Street
Suite 101
Kent, WA 98032 USA
Ph: 253-277-3064

Stockton Opera Guild

In 1975 Marietta Atherton organized a group of women who founded the Stockton Opera Guild. The purpose of the Guild was, and remains today, to promote public interest in operatic music along with the Stockton Opera Association. For over 30 years, the Guild has sponsored fund-raising events, assisted in the financial support of the Stockton Opera Association, and has a Scholarship program open to all San Joaquin County vocal students.
Guild membership is limited to 35 active members who demonstrate the capacity to actively participate in community work, who are sympathetic to the purpose of the Association, and who are able to participate fully in the work of the Guild.
Since its beginnings, Guild members have served as hostesses for the Opera Association’s annual Moonlight Melodies preparing hors d’oeuvres and welcoming attendees, ushering at opera productions, and hosting the artists’ reception. The extraordinary and enthusiastic members of the Guild have an Opera Season Kick-off party in the fall, and annual spring Gala.

The president of the guild is Beverly Fitch McCarthy.

info@stocktonopera.org

215 West Stadium Drive

Stockton, CA 95204 USA
Ph: 209-463-6957

Vancouver Opera Guild

The Vancouver Opera Guild was formed in 1979 under the British Columbia Societies Act. Since that time we have maintained a proud tradition of promoting and supporting opera in British Columbia. The Guild plans projects to benefit Vancouver Opera productions and to help young talent establish their careers. We organize social events and coordinate tours to well-known opera houses around the world.

The Vancouver Opera Guild initiated the concept of taking opera into the schools. We started with slide shows and short lectures and then developed mini-operas, performed in schools throughout the Lower Mainland and eventually the Province. The Guild still supports the Opera in Schools Touring Ensemble program.

Each November the Guild hosts the Western Canada District Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera and presents cash awards to the winners. A substantial Career Development Grant is also given each spring to a Canadian artist involved with opera or preparing for a career in opera. These, as well as other educational projects, are funded with income generated by the Guild’s activities. However, our major beneficiary continues to be Vancouver Opera Association

In 1992, the Guild received a Volunteer Vancouver Recognition Award for its contribution to the city through volunteer service. Over the years, the Guild has also received a number of awards from Opera Volunteers International. In 2003, we were awarded a Partnership Award for our involvement with Opera in Schools and we won a Resource Competition Award for our strategic planning process. In 2010, we won an Opera Volunteers International Partners in Excellence award for our “Guild Adopts a School” program.

The Guild president is Susan Mair.



O'Brian Centre for Opera
1945 McLean Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 3J7 CAN
Ph: 604-732-6931

Nashville Opera Guild

Nashville Opera Guild members have cherished their role in preserving and promoting grand opera in Middle Tennessee through their support of Nashville Opera since its founding in 1981. The Guild believes opera is the gateway to all fine arts—poetry, music, drama, painting, design, and dance. Opera invites you into its emotional realm of matchless story-telling. By joining Nashville Opera Guild, you can help ensure that your children and grandchildren can enjoy this magical medium for years to come.
When you play a part, you support...
Children's Opera: HCA TriStar Nashville Opera ON TOUR visits more than 28,000 school children in Middle Tennessee each year.
Met Auditions: Nashville Opera Guild helps the Metropolitan Opera find new, inspiring talent through its annual district and regional auditions.
Visiting Artists: Members of the Guild provide gift bags and hospitality for visiting artists performing with Nashville Opera. There are also opportunities to pick up artists at the airport or house them.
Cast Parties: Members of the Guild host parties in appreciation for the cast and crew of each opera production.
Aspiring Artists: Nashville Opera Guild provides scholarships for rising vocalists, such as the Fellows Program with Belmont University, and supports the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program, a competitive national program which offers valuable stage experience to the next generation of stars.
The day-to-day business of making opera: Volunteering with mailings, telephoning, computer entry, and other office activities helps Nashville Opera put its dollars on the stage!

Anne Pennington is president of the guild.



1433 Plantation Drive

Brentwood, TN 37027 USA
Ph: 615.371-5042

Young Patronesses of the Opera

The Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO), Inc., is a 501c3, non-profit organization Comprised of over 200 volunteer women whose mission is to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, educate and develop the understanding, taste and love of opera in our community. Educating children has always been of paramount importance to the members of YPO. They offer programs focused primarily on children's education, which build future opera lovers and supporters.

The members of YPO fulfill this mission in several ways such as:
- Our In-School Opera: For over 40 years, YPO has been bringing 30 minute children’s operas, where professional singers perform children’s opera to almost 20,000 elementary students in our local public, private and parochial schools. We perform at 35-40 schools each spring annually.

- Opera Funtimes: These are educational books designed by our volunteer members that share the story of a famous opera through poetry, activies games and more.They are given to school children for free.

- Teacher's Workshops which annually train approximately 150 Miami-Dade County music teachers on how to broaden a child's horizon by exposing them to opera in the classroom.

- Girl Scout Workshops which are workshops for over 200 Girl Scouts in South Florida to help them earn an Opera Patch through lessons in dance, music, make-up and staging centered on one of the year's performances.

- Our Voice Competition of national renown which assists aspiring young opera singers in the pursuit of their careers

info@ypo-miami.org

Doral Center
8390 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL 33122 USA
Ph:

Twin Cities Opera Guild

The Twin Cities Opera Guild, Inc., an independent non-profit organization, is dedicated to opera education and outreach, both in the schools and for the general public, in the seven-county metropolitan area and throughout the State of Minnesota.

The Opera Guild helps finance delightful musical productions staged by students who work on their own sets and costumes and perform as members of the orchestra and cast. We sponsor special student matinees at operas produced by the Minnesota Opera and other local performing groups. Professional singers and musicians visit schools for interactive programs with students. During the calendar year 2010, 14,725 students participated in Twin Cites Opera Guild education programs.

In addition to our school programs, the Opera Guild awards annual scholarships to young singers through the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions program and other established programs for young singers.

The Twin Cites Opera Guild is a national pioneer in opera education for children, introducing students to opera and quality music. Limited opportunities of this kind in today's school systems create ever increasing demand for our resources.

Barbara Belk is president.

info@twincitiesoperaguild.org

1043 Grand Avenue
Suite 189
St. Paul, MN 55105 USA
Ph: 651-227-2409

Opera Guild of Rochester

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 in January 2016. 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 at the MET HD broadcasts in local theaters.

You will find links on the website to regional opera companies and local music organizations with their exciting programs, as well as the Metropolitan Opera's schedule of HD telecasts in local movie theatres. Perhaps the most exciting feature of our website is the ability to view production photos, cast photos and bios, programs, and reviews of Mercury Opera Rochester's six seasons.

The president of the Opera Guild of Rochester is Carol Crocca.



PO Box 92245

Rochester, New York 14692 USA
Ph: 585-334-2323

Peach State Opera Company

Peach State Opera is a touring company that enriches the cultural life of small communities in the Georgia region and nurtures the careers of emerging professional opera singers. PSO creates affordable and portable productions, suitable to a variety of venues, while not sacrificing artistic quality. PSO nurtures the careers of emerging professional opera singers by casting them in important roles beside established colleagues. PSO performs musically and dramatically compelling classic operas in family-friendly, condensed English-language versions.

Evelyn Hughes is Artistic Director and President of the Board.



35 Patterson Road
Suite 466224
Lawrenceville, GA 30042 USA
Ph: 770-861-5297

Capitol City Opera Co., Inc. (Atlanta)

Capitol City Opera Company was formed in 1983 to provide Atlanta area classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform complete opera roles and to continue to develop their post-graduate vocal and acting skills on a professional level. Since its inception, the company has flourished as the only opera company in the southeast that primarily helps local singers establish their careers. We present high quality, innovative and exciting opera theater.

Capitol City Opera Company has created many recurring programs that benefit all ages and demographics of the general public and has toured throughout the Southeast and also Italy. Currently the company performs to opera theater shows per year, a monthly restaurant series (Dinner and a Diva), a vocal competition, touring Madrigals, touring gala singers, a summer pops concert (On The Light Side), and an astonishing 150-200 performances solely for children. Donna Angel, founder and artistic administrator emeritus, is the OVI liaison.

Sallie Van Houten is President of the Board.

ccityopera@aol.com

1266 West Paces Ferry Road NW
#451
Atlanta, GA 30327-2306 USA
Ph: 678-301-8013

Shreveport Opera

The mission of Shreveport Opera is to produce professional opera and musical productions of the highest artistic quality and to provide educational programming and outreach to children, youth and adults in the Ark-La-Tex region.

Shreveport Opera is one of the oldest opera companies in the country and has been privileged to host some of the world’s greatest performers including Beverly Sills, Franco Corelli, Leontyne Price, and Sherrill Milnes. It has also enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to help launch the careers of internationally acclaimed stars such as Renee Fleming and Greer Grimsley.

Over the years, there have been many creative leaders of the company, notably Mr. Robert Murray, who held the reigns for 17 years producing prominent productions while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Nearly all of the traditional operatic repertoire has been presented over its sixty-two year history.

In the 2000-2001 season, Shreveport Opera created the Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX) education and outreach touring program. SOX brings opera into schools, libraries, children’s hospitals, retirement centers, and other venues in an effort to both entertain and educate our friends and neighbors about opera and the arts. Currently, SOX performs for an estimated 50,000 young people and adults every year.

Shreveport Opera produces three professional main stage operas or musical theater works each year, as well as three operas for SOX.
Mike McCarthy is the Board President.



212 Texas Street
Suite 101
Shreveport, LA 71101 USA
Ph: 318-227-9503

Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild

The Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild is the major volunteer support team for Shreveport Opera. It is proud to boast a 60 year history and has over 400 current members. The members, primarily women, work hard each and every year to support the Opera through membership drives and special events. The Shrevepor-Bossiert Opera Guild is the financial backbone of Shreveport Opera. Their volunteer efforts continually demonstrate high levels of leadership and fiscal stewardship as they contribute the largest financial gift to Shreveport Opera each season The mission of the Guild is to financially support the Shreveport Opera and to create awareness of opera in our community.

The Guild produces numerous events throughout the year, but they are most proud of the long-standing annual fundraiser, Les Boutique de Noel. Holiday shoppers come from all around to search out unique gift items, treasures, or that special something to keep for themselves! It is not only a fundraiser, but has grown into a huge social event for all involved. This effort, along with other similar events results in an average annual gift to Shreveport Opera of roughly $100,000.

The president of the Guild is Susannah Poljak.



820 Salttery Blvd.

Shreveport, LA 71104 USA
Ph:

Opera Guild of Dayton

Our mission is to encourage and promote opera in the Greater Dayton area and to support Dayton Opera through fundraising, marketing and education activities. The Opera Guild of Dayton was founded in 1963. Between the years 2000 and 2014 the guild has contributed over $2,700,000 in direct contributions and in-kind services to Dayton Opera.

Nancy Farkas is president of the guild.



2374 Appleblossom Drive

Miamisburg, OH 45342 USA
Ph:

Artisti Affamati

Artisti Affamati, or starving artists, was born from a vision to keep opera alive and thriving in our home city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to create performance opportunities for our talented local artists. In just a few years, the company has evolved from doing the occasional offbeat performance, to producing multiple, full scale productions each season. Our repertoire spans everything from the great opera masterworks, to modern compositions and even some musical theater.
As a company we are dedicated to producing high-quality productions and seasons that appeal to opera veterans and newcomers alike. We are actively experimenting with everything from venues, timing, pricing and repertoire to find the right balance for our community and to keep our audience growing.
President: Sara Snider Schone



5410 Tennessee Avenue

Chattanooga, TN 37409 USA
Ph:

Opera Maine

Opera Maine, formerly PORTopera, 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 Managing Director and Dona D. Vaughn is Artistic Director.



P.O. Box 7733

Portland, Maine 04112 USA
Ph: (207) 879-7678

Opera NOVA

OperaNOVA was founded in 1992 as a volunteer-based, non-profit charitable organization to bring the joy of opera to residents in the Northern Virginia community. Opera NOVA was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a 501(c)(3) entity. Its mission is to educate adults and children alike in its local community by producing 3 to 4 operatic productions each year. Over 25,000 children have been exposed to opera in the Northern Virginia community. “I consider myself a steward for the residents of Arlington, Virginia, - “Arlingtonians” - who formed OperaNOVA; for the members of the Arlington Service League in the 1970s who gave money to fund the first children’s opera and for those who have helped to advance the cause of educating under-privileged about the classical arts over the years. I hope to keep that work alive. I see my volunteer work as a contribution to Arlington County and its citizens. Although OperaNOVA serves all of Northern Virginia, I view Arlington as the core of its heart," says founder Miriam Miller.
One of OperaNOVA’s most popular children’s opera, produced multiple times annually, is is “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” an English opera written specifically for children. Under the direction of Jose Sacìn, Artistic Director, this children’s opera has helped to educate many under-privileged children who are not typically exposed to classical arts.
Miriam Miller is president.

operanova@yahoo.com

PO Box 7057

Arlington, VA 22207 USA
Ph: 703-536-7557

Opera Guild at the University of Alabama

The founding members of OG@UA approved four guiding purposes of the Guild:
1. to support student artists in the UA Opera Theatre program;
2. to increase the number of ticket purchasers, donors, and fans;
3. to enhance the visibility of opera at UA, in Tuscaloosa, and beyond;
4. to extend opera through outreach and education for diverse audiences in the community.
Activities of the Guild include hosting receptions, providing greeters for Opera Theatre performances, and organizing events to showcase Opera and student singers while providing support for UA’s Opera Theatre program in the School of Music.

Contact Elizabeth Aversa for information about membership.



20 The Highlands

Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 USA
Ph: 205-394-0055

Amarillo Opera BRAVO

Amarillo Opera was founded in April 1988 by Mila Gibson, Opera Workshop and Vocal Professor at Amarillo College from 1982-2000. The company’s first production, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starred Gibson who also served as producer, director, costumer and publicist. The success of that initial production led to the incorporation of Amarillo Opera with Dr. Merrill and Catherine Winsett, H.R. and Thelma Fulton and Gibson as Founding Directors and Gibson as General Director, with complete administrative and artistic responsibility for the company. BRAVO, the Amarillo Opera membership support group, was established one year later with 75 charter members under the leadership of Founding President Dr. Bill Byrd.

The Amarillo BRAVO president is Donna Clopton.

donnaclopton@mc.com

2223 S. Van Vuren

Amarillo, TX 79109 USA
Ph: 806.372.7464

Muskoka Opera Festival Committee

The Muskoka Opera Festival Committee, founded in 2010, is working to build a presence for opera in Muskoka, Ontario. OperaMuskoka performances take place at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge as part of Muskoka Chautauqua.

The Muskoka Chautauqua is a vibrant arts-based community where visitors come for personal growth, enrichment and renewal. It is an uplifting cultural hub that encompasses the arts, education and recreation; a place removed from the day-to-day world, where practitioners and leading thinkers of our time share innovative and creative ideas; a place where the arts blend with the natural beauty of Muskoka and where the human spirit – and all its hidden talents – may be liberated … and soar.

Diane Adamson-Brdar is chair of the Muskoka Opera Festival Committee.



1054 Hewlitt Rd.

Milford Bay, ON P0B 1E0 CAN
Ph: 1-705-764-1381

Skagit Opera Guild

At Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, Skagit Opera offers outstanding productions in an intimate venue where opera buffs and newcomers alike can enjoy thrilling acting, singing and music. The non-profit company began in 2003 and has since debuted critically acclaimed productions of “Tosca” and “Elisir d’Amore,” among others.

Batsy Risser is president of the Skagit Opera Guild.



2201 N. La Venture
#1
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 USA
Ph: 360-873-8656

Friends of Opera San Jose

As Opera San José’s volunteer auxiliary, Friends of Opera San José is the primary volunteer support group for Opera San José. We cordially invite you to become a member and join those of us who volunteer our time and energy “behind the scenes.”

Friends of Opera San José offers volunteer opportunities in a range of opera-related activities, from education and special events to community outreach. Volunteers set their own hours of involvement and then enjoy the rewards of participation and receive added benefits extended by the auxiliary.

Linda Riebel is president.

FriendsofOSJ@earthlink.net

3350 Hermosa Way

Lafayette, CA 94549 USA
Ph: 925-945-1785

Against the Grain Theatre

Since 2010, Against the Grain Theatre has been making waves in Canada’s classical music scene. Offering everything from Mozart, Handel, Schubert and Puccini to Britten, Messiaen, Janáček and Kurtág, we have made it our mandate to exhibit fresh, daring re-interpretations of classical repertoire. We perform in nontraditional spaces — courtyards, bars, Victorian mansions, wedding halls — and with scaled-back accompaniment, such as a string quartet or piano, to bring out the full force of operatic singing in close quarters. The result? A thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable experience shared between our artists and audiences. Come see for yourself.

Against the Grain Theatre are proud members of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Opera Volunteers International.

Andrea Bellefeuille, President



613-705 King Street West

Toronto, ON MSV 2W8 CAN
Ph: 414-830-6727

The Guild of Tulsa Opera

JOIN us as we assist Tulsa Opera through volunteer service, educational programming, and financial support.

HELP connect people of all ages in the Tulsa community and beyond to opera through the contribution and spirit of volunteerism.

The guild president is Marlene McAllister.

TulsaOperaGuild@gmail.com

The Guild of Tulsa Opera c/o Tulsa Opera
1610 South Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119 USA
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Wichita Grand Opera Guild

Everyone can play a role at Wichita Grand Opera by joining the Opera Guild!
Exciting plans are evolving each year, bringing new energy and ideas into the Opera’s endeavors.
Guild members make things happen for the Opera, and your volunteer services help support many WGO activities.



225 W. Douglas Ave.

Wichita, KS 67202 USA
Ph: 316-683-3444

San Diego Opera

The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance.
Through excellence in innovative programming and education, San Diego Opera provides a lasting cultural service to the community.
Our tradition of excellence in fully staged opera is augmented with new models of opera and venues. Our unique and deep commitment to the community propels us to explore ways of increasing affordability and accessibility.
Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to the changing marketplace, we protect the future of San Diego Opera.
Our educational and community involvement coupled with relevant programming will build the audience of the future.

Carol Lazier is the Board President

info@sdopera.org

233 A Street
Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Ph: 619-232-7636

Opera Fort Collins Guild

The mission of Opera Fort Collins Guild is to support and to raise awareness of Opera Fort Collins through fundraising, community outreach, and volunteerism.

We are an active support organization of more than 40 dedicated volunteers who meet on the first Monday of the month to plan upcoming projects. We host three of our own fundraising events and assist with three events put on by the Opera Fort Collins Board of Directors. In between the major events, we’re always finding ways to help and promote OFC, whether picking up an opera singer at DIA, providing housing during opera rehearsals, helping schlep stage sets to the theaters, assisting the costumer, hosting a BBQ for the cast, or serving as lobby greeters before the large opera performance. There is no shortage of ways to get involved!

Ruth Billings is president.

guildinfo@operafortcollins.org

PO Box 270787

Fort Collins, CO 80527 USA
Ph: 970-225-1734

Pensacola Opera Guild

The Pensacola Opera Guild is the volunteer support group for Pensacola Opera. It is a thriving organization comprised of opera-loving men and women from all walks of life who come together to support the mission of the Opera. Guild members take an active role in volunteering both their time and talents by working behind the scenes, in the opera offices, housing artists, volunteering during productions and assisting with the Opera’s annual fundraising events. Members also play a leading role in supporting our children’s opera and education programs such as, “Family Opera-tunity Day,” “From Words to Music,” and our Summer Opera Camps.

There are no more membership fees to become a Guild member! To be a member, all you need to do is fill out a volunteer interest form and then, simply, volunteer! Once you have submitted the volunteer interest form, we will match your preferences and schedule to meet our needs and contact you as opportunities arise. Most volunteer opportunities are seasonal (January – April) and communications are carried out via email. Active volunteers will be eligible to receive benefits such as free opera boutique items and invitations to exclusive events. Volunteers can be any age - young or old, anyone looking to make a difference and become more involved with Pensacola Opera is welcome to get involved.

Karen Emmons is president.



75 S. Tarragona Street

Pensacola, FL 32502 USA
Ph: 850-433-6737

Arizona Opera League of Tucson

Founded in 1973, the Opera League of Tucson is Arizona Opera’s original volunteer and support organization. Serving the city from Oro Valley to Green Valley, Opera League members enjoy exclusive events from gourmet dining and cocktail socials, to special concerts and themed fundraisers. This year we are excited to announce our continued management of the Shopera at the Opera, our pre-show and intermission gift shop that showcases crafts and jewelry from some of Tucson’s finest local artisans. Be sure to pay us a visit at Tucson Music Hall – all proceeds go to benefit the magic you see on stage!

History & Board
40 years ago, James Sullivan, founder of the Tucson Opera Company, asked six local business women for their support of his infant company. In 1973, the Opera Dames were founded and quickly developed into a successful fundraising arm for the opera company. “Mi Casa Es Su Casa” or "my house is your house", proved to be the beginning of the Tucson Annual Home Tour, a tradition that lasted 39 years with incredible fundraising success. Other memorable events included “Bella Notte”, beautiful formal affairs, luncheons, teas, and rummage sales. The Dames did whatever was necessary to help support opera in Arizona, and their success saw membership numbers grow dramatically. In 1978, the opera company expanded into Phoenix and officially changed its name to the Arizona Opera. Ten years later, the “Dames” reinvented themselves as the Arizona Opera League, Tucson.

Duane Neidig is president.



7887 N. La Cholla Blvd
#1103
Tucson, AZ 85741 USA
Ph: 520-329-8156

Opera Omaha

Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. From the beginning, Opera Omaha was instilled with a spirit of adventure. In the Civic Opera Society’s first season (1958-1959) along with its premiere production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the Joslyn Art Museum Concert Hall, additional performances followed: Puccini’s Tosca, held at Boys Town; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, at Ak-Sar-Ben; and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Technical High School.
The Omaha Civic Opera Society was founded to meet two needs in the community:
To provide quality opera entertainment through a community-wide organization
To provide an operatic showcase for the promising vocal talent in the region
Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches thousands from elementary school through adulthood.



1850 Farnham Street

Omaha, NE 68102 USA
Ph: 402-346-4398

Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point is a unique training program and festival founded in 1950.

Affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), Opera in the Ozarks has earned the reputation of being a prominent training program for all singers interested in pursuing a career in opera. Our alumni have sung on all the major operatic stages of the world. One of the outstanding features of the program is that every participant is afforded an opportunity to perform in fully produced operas, a scenes program or an educational outreach program taken to the several areas in Northwest Arkansas. Four weeks of intensive rehearsals under the direction of a professional staff culminate in a month of performances over the course of which the artists continue to grow and develop.

Nancy J. Preis is the General Director.

generaldirector@opera.org

P O Box 127

Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632 USA
Ph: (479) 253-8595

St. Petersburg Opera Guild

The Guild extends a cordial invitation to anyone who wishes to join its members. Our purpose is to provide education, and to encourage and support young talent throughout the area through vocal competitions and to help support educational programs of the St. Petersburg Opera Company. The Guild's president is Marilyn Ward.



PO Box 66681

St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 USA
Ph: 727-367-2036

Palm Beach Opera Guild

Our mission is to support Palm Beach Opera and provide “opera culture” opportunities for Guild members to nurture their appreciation and knowledge of opera.
The Palm Beach Opera Guild is a group of women and men dedicated to supporting Palm Beach Opera by raising funds for Palm Beach Opera Studio, a seven-month training program that fosters the skills
high school students will need to pursue a successful music career in college and beyond, and Opera Rehearsal 101, a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to catch a glimpse of the opera production process during a live working rehearsal before opening night.

The PBOG president is Ari Rifkin.





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Opera Memphis

We do one thing: we tell stories out loud. Whether they are funny or tragic, on a stage or in a park near you, stories have the capacity to transform, to help us see the world through new eyes, and to unite us in ways we never thought possible. Our strong volunteer program is one of the things we are most proud of. Volunteers are a vital part of the work we do to put on our mainstage productions, make 30 Days of Opera possible, and provide the kind of help that keeps our office running.

info@operamemphis.org

6745 Wolf River Parkway ,

Memphis, TN 38120 USA
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