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Saturday, May 6 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Collective Impact LIMITED

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Opera companies have a role to play in addressing their communities’ most complex problems. Learn how the collective impact model, which brings cross-sector partners together to create social change, has been applied in Dallas to address the biggest problem facing education today — the opportunity gap. Dallas-based Big Thought, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits focused on building partnerships, will offer insights on collaborations that expand equitable access to programs that ignite the imagination in every child. Participants will explore strategies to engage partners from multiple sectors of their community and discover practical approaches to collaborative fundraising, resource-sharing and communications.

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Quo Johnson

Education Coordinator and Teaching Artist, The Dallas Opera
Passionate arts advocate and professional, Quo Johnson, continues to forge a diverse and exciting career in the arts. Quo is dedicated to providing lasting arts experiences through education and performance as the Dallas Opera’s Education Coordinator and the Guest Services Coor... Read More →

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LeAnn Binford

Director of Big Thought Institute, Big Thought
A passionate advocate for creative education and life-long learning, LeAnn Binford joined the Dallas nonprofit Big Thought in 2007. As Director of Big Thought Institute she supports the organization’s mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning by facilitating partnerships with local, regional and national partners as well as through grant and project management. While in her previous position as Director of Education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Binford was a leader in establishing the citywide Learning Partners collaboration, and she is credited with developing innovative programs at the DSO which have become models for the industry, including Young Strings and DSOKids.com. A 2014 Leadership ISD Fellow, Binford actively volunteers in Dallas schools, including the... Read More →
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Devlin Decutler

Choir Director and Music Teacher, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center
Devlin DeCutler is in his eleventh year as the choir director at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Under his direction, the Townview Choir has received numerous accolades and performed at venues across the state of Texas. Devlin directs the Met: Live in HD program in Dallas... Read More →
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Virginia Dupuy

Professor of Voice, Southern Methodist University
Virginia Dupuy has earned a reputation as one of the finest recital and concert singers in the United States. She has championed American music in recordings of the Grammy-nominated Voces Americanas, and she premiered the role of “Crone” in Conrad Susa’s opera Wise Women. Fanfare magazine hailed her recording of Dominick Argento’s Pulitzer Prize winner From the Diary of Virginia Woolf as one of the top classical recordings of the year. | Dupuy made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall and has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Eugene and Honolulu. A professor of music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, she is a leading scholar and interpreter of music set to Emily Dickinson’s texts. Gasparo Records, Inc. released Dwell in Possibility, a CD of 24 Dickinson poems and one letter performed by Dupuy with Shields-Collins Bray of Voices of Change, set to music by her esteemed friends, including Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Dan Welcher, Richard Hundley, Simon Sargon and William Jordan. She continued her performances of contemporary composers with Voices of Change and the Cliburn Modern Composers Concerts with the composers Golijov, Danielpour, Higdon and Bolcom present. She sang songs and duets, including texts of Sister Helen Prejean, with Jake Heggie at the Cliburn’s “Modern at the Modern” in Fort Worth with pianist and producer Shields-Collins Bray. She continues to perform “Emily Dickinson in Song” throughout the country. | Her student... Read More →
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Nathan Myers

Music Cluster Coordinator/Director of Opera, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and Visual Arts
American baritone, Nathan De'Shon Myers is an artist with international appeal. He has been a featured soloist with several companies including Staatsoper Berlin, Stadttheater Trier, Theater Magdeburg, Chautauqua Opera, Dallas Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera. With over 200 performances as soloist with... Read More →
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Kristian Roberts

Education Program Senior Manager, The Dallas Opera
Kristian Roberts has served The Dallas Opera as the Education Program Senior Manager for the past six years. In this capacity, she has led the company’s student-based education efforts, overseeing seven distinct programs designed for young people in grades K through 12, as well... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor

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