Regional Coordinator: Jo Pennington

Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana

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

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

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

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

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

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.