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Wednesday, May 3
 

1:00pm

6:00pm

 
Thursday, May 4
 

9:00am

OPERA America Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch
Open to members of the Board of Directors.

Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 1:30pm
Austin Ballroom, 2nd Floor

10:00am

Roundtable: New General Directors
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

11:00am

Registration Open
Thursday May 4, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Live Oak, 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Campaign Readiness: Planning and Preparing for a Large-Scale Fundraising Initiative
Limited Capacity seats available

Special initiatives such as commissioning a new opera, building an endowment or renovating a hall are exciting opportunities that can only be achieved with careful planning and thoughtful preparation. Is your organization ready to undertake a major campaign? Find out in this session. Elisabeth B. Galley and Linda Lipscomb of Arts Consulting Group will lead you through the markers of being campaign-ready and help position your development team and trustees for fundraising success. This session will share practical strategies for:


  • Testing the feasibility of your special initiative;

  • Developing customized cultivation plans and moves management pipeline for the effort;

  • Identifying and screening donors to support the cause, especially new prospective donors; and

  • Empowering board members and the nominating committee.


Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Galley

Elisabeth Galley

Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
Elisabeth Galley has more than 30 years of experience as a fundraising and development professional for nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Ms. Galley rejoins Arts Consulting Group to open its Dallas office and expand its revenue enhancement and facility & program planning... Read More →
avatar for Linda Lipscomb

Linda Lipscomb

Associate Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
Linda Lipscomb joined ACG’s Dallas office in 2016, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and sales to her consulting and interim management work for the firm. As a consultant, she has expertise in facilitating major capital campaigns, maximizing annual funds and major gift programs, conducting feasibility studies, and performing interim management services. Ms. Lipscomb has served in interim management roles, leading the development departments at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, and Fort Worth Symphony. As Interim Vice President of Development at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, she successfully reversed several years of annual fund declines, increasing those efforts to meet targeted fundraising goals. Ms. Lipscomb also led the final phase of Dallas Museum of... Read More →

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

ACG is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of our clients. ACG team members have decades of combined senior leadership experience in every artistic and cultural discipline and area of functional management expertise. As specialists in the management of arts and cultural institutions who are personally and passionately committed to the creative industries, we are... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 1, 37th Floor

2:00pm

How to Be an Ally
Limited Capacity seats available

An ally is someone who recognizes his/her own privilege relative to others and works to change societal injustices to create a more equitable environment for all. In this seminar, you will learn how to recognize your own implicit bias, build a common vocabulary for understanding equity issues, and learn how to identify instances of injustice in your community and within the opera field. Learn how to develop strategies for becoming an effective ally in your community and within your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos

Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Michelle Ramos, JD, LLM has committed her career to servicing our most marginalized communities, those adversely impacted by issues of by race, gender, socio-economics, inequitable laws, and public policies. As project director of the Vera Institute of Justice, New Orleans office, she works with government and community partners to improve the criminal justice system through strategy, research and policy work. Michelle is completing her dissertation towards a PhD is psychology with an emphasis in race and cultural studies. Prior to her legal career, Michelle, a retired professional ballet dancer, worked as an executive director for multiple non-profit arts organizations and served as a program officer for... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 3, 37th Floor

2:00pm

New Works Forum
Limited Capacity filling up

The opera industry continues to identify and support the creators of new works, while also working to address challenges and opportunities associated with producing in the 21st century. The New Works Forum is a series of sessions that offers insight, practical knowledge and networking opportunities for creators and producers of new opera and music-theater works. The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Advance registration required. No additional fee.


2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Dramaturgs —A Necessity, Not a Luxury
Companies producing new work increasingly are seeing the importance of bringing a dramaturg into the development of a piece — but the pool is still very small. How do we approach the task of identifying and engaging more dramaturgs in opera?
  • Cori Ellison, Dramaturg American Lyric Theater
  • Paul Hopper, Assistant Artistic Director/Dramaturg, Houston Grand Opera
  • Pete McCabe, Dramaturg, HERE
  • Imani Mosley, musicologist/dramaturg
 
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
NextGen Family Opera
In the last decade, “operas for all ages” have expanded from simply engaging the next generation of young audiences to becoming increasingly focused on messages or goals that have changed the way they are commissioned, produced and presented. This session will look at several companies creating new family operas, exploring both their reasons and their abilities to incorporate them into their larger seasons.
  • Andrea Walters, Director of Education, Santa Fe Opera
  • Ruth Nott, Director of Education, San Francisco Opera
  • Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director, Minnesota Opera
  • Cayenne Harris, Director, Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago
 
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opera NOW!
Does opera always have to be behind the times? How can composers write pieces meant to be timeless, while also timely? With commissioning and production cycles that can take years, how can new operas be more responsive to contemporary events?
  • Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry (moderator)
  • Kim Whitener, Producing Director, HERE
  • Rick Burkhardt, composer
  • Kamala Sankaram, composer


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Andrews

Jamie Andrews

Education Director, Minnesota Opera
Jamie Andrews is currently the Education Director for the Minnesota Opera. In this position he has developed award winning programs that engage audiences of all ages, such as Music Out Loud, an opera-based El Sistema-inspired social development program, and Project Opera, a vocal... Read More →
avatar for Rick Burkhardt

Rick Burkhardt

Playwright, n/a
Rick Burkhardt studied music composition at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2006. | | He has received commissions, grants, and performances from organizations and performers such as the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, the La Jolla Symphony, Ensemble Surplus, the Boswil Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Cori Ellison

Cori Ellison

Dramaturg, n/a
Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and serves on the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School, as well the faculties of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and the Crested Butte Opera Studio. She was staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010, where she was a curator of the VOX American Opera Showcase. Active in developing contemporary opera, she teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric... Read More →
avatar for Cayenne Harris

Cayenne Harris

Lyric Unlimited Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – it... Read More →
avatar for Paul Hopper

Paul Hopper

Assistant Artistic Director, Houston Grand Opera
Paul Hopper serves as Assistant Artistic Director at Houston Grand Opera where he manages special artistic initiatives, assists in long term artistic planning, and guides a variety of audiences in learning more about HGO and opera. As principal dramaturg for the company he has worked closely with composers and librettists such as Jake Heggie, Carlisle Floyd, and Ricky Ian Gordon in the commissioning and development of new works. Paul has forged new working relationships with Houston Methodist Hospital, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rothko Chapel, and the... Read More →
avatar for Pete McCabe

Pete McCabe

Resident Dramaturg, HERE
A life-long theater artist has worked as an actor, playwright, librettist, Drama Desk nominated producer, and Dramaturg.  In his career he has worked with such notables as Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson and Max Roach, Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis. He is currently working as Dramaturg on the multi-media concert Silent Voices, with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and also with Damien Gray and Kip Winger on the new Musical Get... Read More →
avatar for Imani Mosley

Imani Mosley

Dramaturge and Musicologist, Duke University
Imani Mosley is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology at Duke University. After receiving two Masters degrees from Peabody (Bassoon Performance/Musicology), she began PhD work at Columbia where she received a Master of Arts in Musicology before attending Duke. She is a Britten scholar, also specializing in contemporary opera, feminist and queer theory, reception history, and British and American music from 1890 to 1945. She has presented papers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Her dissertation focuses on the reception history of men, male voice, and performance in Britten's... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Nott

Ruth Nott

Director of Education, San Francisco Opera
Ruth Nott is San Francisco Opera Association’s first full-time Director of Education, overseeing a department that provides opera education programs for K-12 schools, universities, families and adults of all ages throughout the bay area. Ms. Nott has over 20 years of experience... Read More →
avatar for Kamala Sankaram

Kamala Sankaram

Composer, Manhattan College
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (The Wall Street Journal.) Recent commissions include Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice, Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. She has performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects, Anthony Braxton, and the Wooster Group, among others, and is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble whose debut was named Best Eclectic Album by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop. Kamala's opera THUMBPRINT will receive its West Coast premiere at LA Opera this June. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kamala holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and can be heard as a voice on the Cartoon Network... Read More →
avatar for Yuval Sharon

Yuval Sharon

Artistic Director, The Industry
Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014... Read More →
avatar for Andrea  Walters

Andrea Walters

Director of Education and Community Programs, The Santa Fe Opera
Andrea Fellows Walters has been associated with The Santa Fe Opera for over twenty-seven years and Director of Education and Community Programs since 1993. She brings a deeply-rooted love and appreciation for the performing arts in her work as an administrator, educator, produce... Read More →
avatar for Kim Whitener

Kim Whitener

Producing Director, HERE
Kim Whitener joined HERE as Producing Director in February 2007. She works in partnership with Artistic Director Kristin Marting to co-curate and produce HERE’s performance programs and activities. During her tenure, HERE’s budget has nearly doubled, and she was instrumental... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor

2:00pm

Opera 101 for Administrators
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera fluency is an important component to a successful career in the industry. Learn how to hold your own, whether it is in conversation with donors or working with artistic departments. This session will provide strategies for studying the core repertoire, resources to become conversant across generations of opera singers and tools to understand key operatic conventions.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Reynolds

Carol Reynolds

Professor, n/a
Professor Carol Reynolds is a uniquely talented and much sought-after public speaker for arts venues and general audiences. She combines her insights on music history, arts, and culture with her passion for arts education to create programs and curricula, inspire concert audiences, and lead arts tours. Never dull or superficial, Carol brings to her audiences a unique mix of humor, substance, and skilled piano performance to make the arts more accessible and meaningful to all.Professor CarolCarol has led arts tours to Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, San Francisco, and Broadway on behalf of several arts organizations and has recently teamed with Smithsonian Journeys for cruises to the Holy Land, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Indian Ocean, and across the Atlantic. Her enthusiasm and boundless energy give tour participants an unforgettable experience.For more than 20 years, Carol was Associate Professor of Music History at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.She makes her home in Texas and maintains a second residence in Weimar, Germany... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 2, 37th Floor

2:00pm

Plugging In: Arts Marketing and Video in a Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Compelling video content is a vital part of a modern communications strategy, especially for today’s opera companies. This seminar, led by Capacity Interactive’s president, Erik Gensler, will examine digital trends across the arts and humanities, as revealed by Capacity Interactive’s Digital Benchmarking Survey, and explore how to create strong social and video-centric content.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Gensler

Erik Gensler

Founder, Capacity Interactive
Erik Gensler is the President of Capacity Interactive a digital marketing consulting firm for the cultural sector whose clients include the country's leading cultural institutions including the Seattle Symphony, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and New York City Ballet. Erik founded Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts, the only conference 100% focused on digital marketing for arts and cultural organizations. Erik speaks regularly about digital marketing at conferences and universities and is a top-rated speaker. He has guest lectured at Yale, Columbia, and NYU, and has been featured on the Carnegie Mellon Arts... Read More →
avatar for Becky Ludkiewicz

Becky Ludkiewicz

Consultant, Capacity Interactive
As a Consultant at Capacity Interactive, Becky leads a team of analysts in effectively managing digital campaigns from start to finish. She provides strategic guidance in all stages of campaign management—from content planning, budget pacing, and optimizing with an eye towards driving revenue, to reporting on results. Before joining Capacity Interactive, Becky worked as Marketing... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 4, 37th Floor

4:00pm

NEA Consultations
Georgianna Paul, opera specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, will be available by appointment to meet with general directors and their development leaders for individual consultations to discuss programs currently supported by the NEA or planned for a future NEA proposal. Visit http://go.operaamerica.org/2017NEAConsultations to sign up. Limited availability.

Sponsors
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National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Opera Volunteers International Grantor’s Reception
Members who have contributed at the Grantor Level or above are invited to this special evening cocktail reception. By invitation.

Thursday May 4, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sambuca Uptown 2120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

6:00pm

Arjuna's Dilemma with Ambassador Reception and Post-Performance Dinner
Presented by The Dallas Opera

Douglas Cuomo’s critically-acclaimed Arjuna’s Dilemma tells the story of Arjuna, a young warrior prince beset by a moral dilemma, and fuses Western classical, chamber and jazz music with North Indian musical idioms to create a “gripping” and “gorgeous” work. Featuring Tony Boutté and Humayan Khan.
Ambassadors will enjoy a reception before the performance and a seated dinner afterward in the stunning Rem Koolhaas-designed Wyly Theatre. 

OPERA America Ambassadors
: To purchase tickets, contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org.

Thursday May 4, 2017 6:00pm - 10:15pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

6:30pm

Bus to Fort Worth Opera - Frontiers Showcase
Limited Capacity filling up

Transportation is complimentary. New Works Forum members must reserve a ticket for the bus, in addition to a show ticket, or we cannot guarantee you a seat.

Non-Forum members may ride the bus but must purchase Frontiers tickets directly from Fort Worth Opera in advance ($10; call FWO’s Customer Service team at 817.731.0726).

Thursday May 4, 2017 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Sheraton Lobby

7:30pm

Arjuna's Dilemma
Presented by The Dallas Opera

Experience an exotic and appealing soundscape that combines elements of both the East and West in this visually enhanced concert performance of Douglas Cuomo’s critically acclaimed opera about life’s biggest questions. Based on the ancient text of the Bhagavad Gita, the composer melds classical, jazz, chamber and Indian musical traditions to create a work of both sweeping grandeur and hushed intimacy.

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Thursday May 4, 2017 7:30pm - 8:40pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

8:00pm

Fort Worth Opera: Frontiers Showcase
NEW WORKS FORUM PARTICIPANTS: IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY TICKET BY REGISTERING FOR THIS SESSION 
Called “one of the most significant music events of the year” (DMagazine, 2013), Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase is breaking the mold of the traditional operatic experience by inviting patrons to experience new and innovative work at the beginning stages of an opera’s creation.
Eight selected works will be presented in the intimate setting of the McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall over two evenings. These 20-minute excerpts will be sung by artists from the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment. 
Works featured on Thursday, May 4:
Escobar by Matteo Neri
La Lupa by Norman Mathews
Nothing in the Nothingness by Daniel Zajicek and John Grimmett
Service Provider 44 by Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos
*Please note that four additional works will be showcased on Wednesday, May 3 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.:
A Taste of Damnation by Avner Finberg and Edward Einhorn
The System of Soothing by Frank Pesci
A Capacity for Evil by Evan Snyder
Sweets by Kate by Griffin Candey and Thom Miller

Thursday May 4, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bass Hall 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

10:00pm

Bus to Sheraton from Fort Worth Opera - Frontiers Showcase
Limited Capacity filling up

Transportation is complimentary. New Works Forum members must reserve a ticket for the bus in addition to a show ticket or we cannot guarantee you a seat.

Non-Forum members may ride the bus but must purchase Frontiers tickets directly from FWO in advance ($10; call FWOpera’s Customer Service team at 817.731.0726)

 
Friday, May 5
 

8:00am

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive Alumni
This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required. 
The Leadership Intensive program is generously supported by the American Express Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Tomer Zvulun

Tomer Zvulun

CEO, General & Artistic Director, The Atlanta Opera
General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Tomer Zvulun is also one of opera’s most exciting stage directors, earning consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses a... Read More →

Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders wi... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 2, 4th Floor
  • Network LI

8:00am

Roundtable: New General Directors
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

8:00am

Registration Open
Friday May 5, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Live Oak, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Opening Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera Conference 2017 will kick off with opening remarks from Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America, along with warm welcomes from Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, Rhonda Sweeney, president, Opera Volunteers International, and Ann Meier Baker, director of music and opera at the National Endowment for the Arts. Hear from artists who are shaping our art form through their cooperative work.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Meier Baker

Ann Meier Baker

Music & Opera Director | Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Ann Meier Baker was appointed the director of Music & Opera at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2015. She oversees the NEA’s grantmaking in music and opera, and manages the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships.  Previously, Baker served as president and CEO of Chorus Ame... Read More →
avatar for Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell

Librettist, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Parallele, AOP, AOI, ALT, CU NOW
Upcoming projects include The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Cree, The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare; Past operas: The Shining, As One, Silent Night, Later The Same Evening, etc.
avatar for Keith Cerny

Keith Cerny

Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO, The Dallas Opera
Keith Cerny’s career spans music, technology and business. He began studying piano at the age of 10, and made his debut two years later performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He subsequently studied Music and Physics at the University o... Read More →
avatar for Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie

Composer, Bent Pen Music, Inc
avatar for Elaine J McCarthy

Elaine J McCarthy

Projection Designer, Vermilion Border Productions
Ms. McCarthy's international career spans over 20 years in nearly every area of live performance. Her opera credits include Great Scott, Iolanta, La Wally/Everest, Tristan und Isolde, and Moby Dick with The Dallas Opera, Cold Mountain with The Santa Fe Opera, Mazeppa with The Me... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson.  Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the national service organization for... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Paiement

Nicole Paiement

Principal Guest Conductor, The Dallas Opera
Nicole Paiement (Opera Parallèle Artistic Director, Conductor, Founder) has gained an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera. Her numerous recordings include many world premiere works and she has toured extensively in the US and Asia.  This past April, Paiement was awarded the American... Read More →
avatar for Kamala Sankaram

Kamala Sankaram

Composer, Manhattan College
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (The Wall Street Journal.) Recent commissions include Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice, Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. She has performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects, Anthony Braxton, and the Wooster Group, among others, and is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble whose debut was named Best Eclectic Album by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop. Kamala's opera THUMBPRINT will receive its West Coast premiere at LA Opera this June. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kamala holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and can be heard as a voice on the Cartoon Network... Read More →
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Gene Scheer

Librettist, Self
Mr. Scheer’s work is noted for its scope and versatility. With the composer Jake Heggie, he has collaborated on many projects, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick, starring Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab; Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera), which starred Frederica von Stade; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), which featured Patti LuPone. Other works by Scheer and Heggie include Camille Claudel: Into the fire, a song cycle premiered by Joyce di Donato and the Alexander String Quartet. Mr. Scheer worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on An American Tragedy, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Other collaborations include the lyrics for Wynton... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →
avatar for Yuval Sharon

Yuval Sharon

Artistic Director, The Industry
Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Sweeney

Rhonda Sweeney

Trustee, Houston Grand Opera
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 4th year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as... Read More →
avatar for Lidiya Yankovskaya

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Conductor, The Dallas Opera IWC
Conductor/Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble; currently also working on projects with Beth Morrison Projects, American Lyric Theater, and Center for Contemporary Opera | www.LidiyaYankovskaya.com


Friday May 5, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

10:30am

Partnership in Play: The Dallas Arts District
Limited Capacity seats available

Partnership among arts institutions is essential to a thriving, culturally rich community. The Dallas Arts District, as the largest contiguous urban arts district in the U.S., is a prime example of the power of partnership to elevate a city’s creative and educational life. Hear from Dallas’ arts leaders about how the partnership influences their organizational impact, while exploring benefits and realities of coordinated efforts for community development.

Moderators
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Agustín Arteaga

Agustín Arteaga

The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art
Agustín Arteaga was named The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art in July 2016. Arteaga most recently served as director at the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, one of Mexico’s largest and most prominent cultural institutions, presenting work from the mid-16th through the mid-20th centuries. Prior to his tenure at MUNAL, Arteaga was the director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico, and the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA... Read More →
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Keith Cerny

Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO, The Dallas Opera
Keith Cerny’s career spans music, technology and business. He began studying piano at the age of 10, and made his debut two years later performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He subsequently studied Music and Physics at the University o... Read More →
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Doug Curtis

President & CEO, AT&T Performing Arts Center
Doug Curtis is the President & CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that operates and programs three premier performance venues and a 10-acre park in the Dallas Arts District.  Since joining the Center in 2002, he also has held the positions of the... Read More →
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Kevin Moriarty

Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Kevin Moriarty is the artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where his work as a director includes: It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman; The Who's Tommy; The Wiz; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV; The Tempest; Fat Pig; Next Fall; his original adaptation of A Christmas... Read More →
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Jeremy Strick

Director, Nasher Sculpture Center
Jeremy Strick has been the Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since March 2009. Mr. Strick oversees collections, exhibitions and operations at the 2.4-acre museum located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. He has been responsible for the presentation of numerous exhibitions at the Nasher... Read More →
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Ann M. Williams

Founder and Artistic Advisor, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
ANN WILLIAMS founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) in 1976. Her primary focus was to have acompany of trained dancers serve as inspiration to boys and girls that had never seen a professionalAfrican American dance company. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, DBDT now serves as an inspiration tocommunities locally, nationally and internationally.DBDT is the... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Opera Volunteers International Board Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

This meeting of the Board of Directors is open to all OVI members who wish to attend. Lunch available for purchase in advance as an add-on to registration.

Friday May 5, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Majestic 7, 37th Floor

12:15pm

Long-Range New Works Planning
Limited Capacity full
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In this free-form discussion, artistic planners (general directors, artistic administrators, publishers and producers) will have the confidential opportunity to share ideas and plans for the development of new works in the coming seasons, with the intention of finding developers, co-commissioners and other collaboration opportunities among OPERA America member companies. By invitation only - please contact Laura Lee Everett or Noah Stern Weber for an invitation.

Moderators
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Laura Lee Everett

Director of Artistic Services, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.
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Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
Noah is the artistic services manager at OPERA America. With a background in producing, non-profit administration and philanthropy, he brings a unique set of skills to the OPERA America team. He co-direct the artistic granting programs at OPERA America, including the New Works Forum Grants (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Opera Grants for Female Composers program (Funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and the Repertoire Development Grant (supported by the OPERA fund). He oversee the New Works Forum and Technical Production Forum, and has experience with contract and labor negotiations, digital media licensing, production management and the development of new... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

12:30pm

Spotlight: Opera San Luis Obispo’s Countywide Arts Collaboration
Limited Capacity full
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Opera San Luis Obispo broke new ground through its collaborations with other local organizations to co-create a production of La bohème in October 2016. Six music and dance organizations in the county pooled ticket-buyer data and coordinated joint promotional activities — a level of partnership never before seen among arts organizations in the region. This session shines a spotlight on these highly collaborative and flexible marketing, fundraising and community-building strategies.
 

Speakers
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Brian Asher Alhadeff

Artistic Director & Conductor, Opera San Luis Obispo
My interests lie in expanding global awareness of opera through large-scale civic collaborations. Opera is the Olympics of Classical Music – it's where all classical arts converge together on one stage: orchestra, ballet, chorus, soloist, acting, and the design arts of lighting... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
City View 4, 4th Floor

12:30pm

NEA Consultations
Georgianna Paul, opera specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, will be available by appointment to meet with general directors and their development leaders for individual consultations to discuss programs currently supported by the NEA or planned for a future NEA proposal. Visit http://go.operaamerica.org/2017NEAConsultations to sign up. Limited availability.

Sponsors
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National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 12:30pm - 4:10pm
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Artistic Administration and Singer Training Forum
Limited Capacity filling up

Standards for Singers Entering the Workforce
Voice teachers, young artist program representatives and casting personnel at opera companies gather to vet a draft of the new “Professional Standards for Singers,” a shared guideline for artists entering the field. Open to members of the Singer Training Forum and artistic administrators at Professional Company Members.

Moderators
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Laura Lee Everett

Director of Artistic Services, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City View 2, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Development
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 1, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Education/Community Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 3, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Finance/Administration/Human Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 2, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: General Directors Budget 1 & 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City View 1, 4th Floor
  • Network GD

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: General Directors Budget 3 & 4
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City View 3, 4th Floor
  • Network GD

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: General Directors Budget 5
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City View 5, 4th Floor
  • Network GD

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Marketing/Public Relations
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 5, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Technical/Production
Limited Capacity full
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Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 6, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Trustees
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) trustees only.

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Roundtable: Connecting for Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Associate, Business, Career Services and Educational Producing Affiliate member organizations (the ABCEs) are invited to participate in a focus group to discuss how OPERA America can develop its service and support the field’s growth. Vincent Covatto, OPERA America’s organizational membership manager, will facilitate conversation about trends and opportunities in the opera sector. Share your plans for growth, connect with other members and hear how OPERA America resources can support your work. This session is reserved for organizational members only.

OPERA America Staff
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Vincent Covatto

Organizational Membership Manager, OPERA America

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Majestic 7, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Case Studies: Independent Artists Developing New Works
Limited Capacity full
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American Opera Projects (AOP) faculty will conduct a masterclass-style session with artists who received 2017 Discovery Grants from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program. The composers will have the opportunity to strengthen their current projects, which are in various stages of development. Artists and other observers are invited to observe the exchange between the AOP faculty and composers, and hear advice on how to approach each step of the developmental process. Open to all, as observers.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Gray

Matt Gray

Producing Director, American Opera Projects
Matt Gray is a director, producer, writer, and actor in New York City. As Producing Directorand Resident Dramaturg of Brooklyn’s American Opera Projects (AOP) since 2003, Matt Gray has overseen development and production of dozens of concerts, workshops, and opera premieres including the dance chamber... Read More →
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Bob Lee

Managing Director, American Opera Projects


Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor
  • Network NWF
  • Learning Theme REP

3:30pm

Co-Production Marketplace
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the place to find co-producers and collaborators for your upcoming seasons. Artistic administrators, production managers and general directors representing companies that have completed OPERA America’s Future Season Survey are invited to share information and identify opportunities for co-productions, rentals and other inter-company collaborations. Building on the first Marketplace offered in 2016, discussions will be arranged by venue and production scale to allow like-sized companies to connect while reviewing a digest of the Survey.  

Moderators
avatar for Noah Stern Weber

Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
Noah is the artistic services manager at OPERA America. With a background in producing, non-profit administration and philanthropy, he brings a unique set of skills to the OPERA America team. He co-direct the artistic granting programs at OPERA America, including the New Works Forum Grants (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Opera Grants for Female Composers program (Funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and the Repertoire Development Grant (supported by the OPERA fund). He oversee the New Works Forum and Technical Production Forum, and has experience with contract and labor negotiations, digital media licensing, production management and the development of new... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Young Artist Auditions
Young Artist auditions featuring The Dallas Opera Young Artists, Fort Worth Opera’s Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists and alumni of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Open to General directors, artistic directors and members of the Singer Training Forum.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Cerny

Keith Cerny

Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO, The Dallas Opera
Keith Cerny’s career spans music, technology and business. He began studying piano at the age of 10, and made his debut two years later performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He subsequently studied Music and Physics at the University o... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:30pm

Composition in the Board Room, Too
Limited Capacity seats available

Working board? Fundraising board? Governing board? A healthy opera company relies on its trustees to be all three. But board members, company leaders and fundraising staff must unite in taking a strategic approach to recruit and engage effective trustees. OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca will lead this participatory session to discuss how to establish and maintain a healthy balance between passionate opera devotees and business leaders; between community spokesmen and philanthropic angels; and among other dimensions of economic, geographic and demographic diversity — all as part of a unified approach to strengthening companies.

Speakers
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →
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James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →
avatar for Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Lifelong Learning in Opera: Adult Education Programs
Limited Capacity full
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The pre-show talk is the baseline of adult education at opera companies, yet a number of factors are encouraging new thinking about opera’s lifelong learners. Whether it is a company’s goal to attract new audiences, build excitement for an upcoming season or partner with community organizations, tapping into the way adults enjoy learning is an important consideration. This session will highlight practices in opera and other fields, including projects funded through The Opera Fund: Audience Development grant program, and will welcome discussions on andragogy to consider how opera educators can offer rich adult learning experiences for existing opera fans and the newly curious.

Moderators
avatar for Leah D. Barto

Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA Am... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen

Director of Education, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jamie Allen has over 30 years of experience as a composer, conductor, performer, and music educator. He has been named "Composer of the Year" by the New Mexico Music Teachers Association and was hailed as "the most inventive young composer in the state" by The Santa Fe... Read More →
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Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Senior Music Critic, Theaterjones.com
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs is a composer and professional musician who held numerous musical directorships of opera, stage shows, choral, religious and professional and youth symphonic organizations. Currently, he is the senior classical music critic for the online arts magazine, ww... Read More →
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Marcus Küchle

Director Of Artistic Operations, Cincinnati Opera
Marcus Küchle is both a performing artist and an arts manager. Küchle is the Director of Artistic Operations at the Cincinnati Opera, following previous engagements at San Francisco Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper in his hometown of Munich, Germany. He is also Co-Artistic D... Read More →
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Andrea Scobie

Manager of Education and Community Programs, Michigan Opera Theatre
Andrea Scobie is the Manager of Education and Community Programs for Michigan Opera Theatre, and oversees programming, educational materials, and evaluation for the company’s touring operas, residencies, and community events. She graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre Perfo... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 1, 37th Floor
  • Network Edu
  • Learning Theme REP

3:30pm

Volunteers for Vocalists
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera guilds and companies have developed a number of robust ways for volunteers to support emerging singers. For many volunteers, the chance to engage with promising vocalists is the primary inspiration for their service. Hear from volunteers across the field about offering assistance and opportunities for singers. From running competitions to offering hospitality and housing, find out what is meaningful to the artists that benefit from the generosity of volunteers.

Moderators
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Susan Malott

Managing Director, San Francisco Opera Guild
Susan Malott has been Managing Director of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2006.  Prior to taking on this staff position, she served on the Opera Guild’s Board of Directors for 15 years.  Susan received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Northwestern University, and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of fundraising, events and volunteerism... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Aiken

Steve Aiken

General & Artistic Director, Shreveport Opera
Steve Aiken is completing his 9th season as General and Artistic Director of Shreveport Opera. From 1998-2006 he worked alongside Michael Ching as the General Director of Opera Memphis.  He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and studied at the University of Alaska. He moved to NYC in the early 1980s where his performing took him throughout the US, Europe and South America. He performed in nearly all of the 50 states in the US, only missing Hawaii, Arizona and New Mexico. He made his Lincoln Center debut in 1988. His repertoire included most standard Mozart, Donizetti, and Verdi operatic works. He created leading roles in 11 world premiere operas; of note is the role of William... Read More →
MI

Mac Irwin

Business Consultant, Real Foundations
avatar for Jana Irwin

Jana Irwin

volunteer, The Dallas Opera Guild
Co-President of the Dallas Opera Guild; Treasurer of The Puccini Society of Dallas
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Audra Methvin

soprano
Soprano Audra Methvin has performed the roles of Adina (The Elixir of Love) in The Dallas Opera’s outreach program, Violetta (La Traviata) with Opera in the Ozarks, Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera), and the title role in Susannah with the Meadows Opera Theatre, and Micaela (Carmen... Read More →
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Rhonda Sweeney

Trustee, Houston Grand Opera
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 4th year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Majestic 5, 37th Floor

3:30pm

Where are They Now? The Building Opera Audiences Legacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Over its four years, OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, has granted $1.2 million to fund 37 creative audience-building initiatives at opera companies. As this grant program draws to a close, learn about the projects in process and hear from prior grantees about what they learned from their experiments and how these projects continue to impact their organizations — long after their grant cycle has been completed.

Moderators
avatar for Patricia Kiernan Johnson

Patricia Kiernan Johnson

Director of Marketing and Communications, OPERA America
Patricia is OPERA America's director of marketing and communications and has been with the organization since October of 2008. | | For those of you keeping score at home, that means this is her ninth conference: Houston (2009); Los Angeles (2010); Boston (2011); Philadelphia... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ned Canty

Ned Canty

General Director, Opera Memphis
Turn-ons: Italian comic opera, new works, operetta, civic engagement, site-specific opera. Turn-offs: People who use the phrase "bringing opera to the people". Opera already belongs to the people, Bub. ISO: Co-production opportunities, inspiration, sharing of ideas and progr... Read More →
avatar for Celeste Miller

Celeste Miller

Corporate & Institutional Giving Officer, Portland Opera
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Michael Mori

Artistic Director, Tapestry Opera
Obsessed with the current and future potential of opera, the evolution of the music, drama, and presentation. How are things changing to make opera for the 21st century, not just in the 21st century. Tapestry Opera has access to a rich catalogue of dramatic, juicy, sometimes hi... Read More →
avatar for Sean Waugh

Sean Waugh

Artistic Planning Manager, San Francisco Opera
Sean Waugh joined San Francisco Opera in May 2010 and currently serves as artistic planning manager, assisting with casting, season planning, and overseeing artistic operations for the company. Sean has helped lead a number of strategic initiatives at SFO including the formation... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor

5:30pm

Host Company Welcome Reception
The Dallas Opera invites you to kick off your Opera Conference 2017 experience in style with the Host Company Welcome Reception. A ticket is included as part of your registration. Guest tickets ($45) are available for purchase.

Friday May 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

7:30pm

Everest
Presented by The Dallas Opera

A semi-staged performance — with projections — of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s stunningly powerful and poignant masterpiece conducted by Music Director Emmanuel Villaume. This true-life tale of an ill-fated expedition to Mt. Everest features several stars from TDO’s 2015 world premiere, including Andrew Bidlack as Rob Hall and Kevin Burdette as Beck Weathers.

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Friday May 5, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

7:30pm

Everest with Ambassador Post-Reception
Presented by The Dallas Opera
Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest tells the true story of the 1996 disaster that killed eight people as they attempted to scale the world’s tallest peak. Sarah Jane McMahon and Julia Rose Arduino join Andrew Bidlack and Kevin Burdette, who reprise their roles from the 2015 Dallas world premiere. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
Champagne and desserts will be served at the private Post-Performance Ambassador Reception at the Winspear Opera House.

OPERA America Ambassadors
: To purchase tickets, contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org.

Friday May 5, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

7:30pm

Carmen
Presented by Fort Worth Opera

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Save 20% by using the code OA2017. Excludes value seats.

Friday May 5, 2017 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Bass Hall 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

9:30pm

Pub(lisher) Trivia
You may know your publisher colleagues, but do you know your opera facts? Come meet and greet our publisher members and try your hand at a round of opera trivia. A fun time to be had by all. Open bar and prizes. Advance registration required. This event is sponsored by Music Publishers Association.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Lankenau

Steven Lankenau

Vice President, Boosey & Hawkes

Sponsors
MP

Music Publishers Association

Founded in 1895, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators and all ultimate users of music. For more information about the MPA, please visit mpa.org


Friday May 5, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Draft Lounge at the Sheraton

9:30pm

Under 35 Mixer
Limited Capacity filling up

The future of the art form is in the hands of today’s young leaders. Young opera professionals under the age of 35 are invited to meet one another and lay the groundwork for future collaboration. Gather for drinks and networking. Ticket purchase includes one drink from a special menu, nibbles and cash bar. Tickets ($25) may be purchased during the registration process or added to your completed registration through April 28. 

 
Saturday, May 6
 

6:00am

Running Club
Runners of all levels are invited to join OPERA America’s Dan Cooperman and Patricia Kiernan Johnson for 3–4 mile runs along the nearby Katy Trail.

Saturday May 6, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Sheraton Lobby

8:00am

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive Alumni
This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required. 
The Leadership Intensive program is generously supported by the American Express Foundation.  

Speakers
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders wi... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 2, 4th Floor
  • Network LI

8:00am

Roundtable: New General Directors
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

8:00am

Registration Open
Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Live Oak, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Creating the Training Through-Line: Singers and Pianists as Citizen Artists
Limited Capacity seats available

Many singers and pianists graduating from the academy have the opportunity to work with and perform for a range of audiences in a variety of settings. This joint discussion among the members of the Singer Training Forum and Education and Community Engagement network will explore the qualities needed in the next generation of citizen artists and the steps that college and university faculty can take to prepare their graduates for work as ambassadors of opera and advocates for the arts.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Director of Artistic Services, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Fundraising vs. Sales
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Fundraising and sales have much in common, and in other ways, they are worlds apart. It is logical that certain sales attributes would have crossover value for development. Hear how the staff at Houston Grand Opera has successfully employed proven sales techniques to increase their fundraising. Whether your company is large or small, you must solicit individual gifts. Learn practical sales tactics that can be a boon to your fundraising efforts.

Speakers
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Gregory Robertson

Chief Advancement Officer, Houston Grand Opera
A Houston native and alumnus of the University of Houston, Greg Robertson is the Chief Advancement Officer of Houston Grand Opera (HGO).  Greg along with Managing Director Perryn Leech and Artistic & Music Director Patrick Summers comprise the executive leadership team of HGO.   ... Read More →

Sponsors
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Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Innovation and Ideas: Becoming a Learning Organization
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Where do your best ideas come from? Innovation is only possible when you stay in the flow of ideas and make smart choices. For opera companies, this means staying on top of field trends and social changes, while adapting models to suit an organization’s capacities and local needs. In this session, thought leaders and industry professionals reflect on how opera leaders learn and ideate. Hear takeaways from the recent launch of Innovation Grants, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and then discover how these practices can inform better organizational decisions and create a culture of learning.

Suggested Reading:
Opera America magazine: "Learning Curves: A Conversation with David McIntosh"

Moderators
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Speakers
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David Bennett

General Director, San Diego Opera
David Bennett is the General Director of San Diego Opera and assumed leadership of the Company on June 15, 2015. Prior to his appointment he was the Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. David Bennett joined the Gotham Chamber Opera as Managing Director in July, 2006 and was named Executive Director in May, 2010. He came to Gotham from Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Lower... Read More →
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Annie Burridge

General Director, Austin Opera
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Sarah Lutman

Principal, Lutman & Associates
Sarah Lutman founded Lutman & Associates in 2012 and since then has pursued a wide variety of projects both independently and with clients in cultural, public media and philanthropic organizations. Her experience as an entrepreneur and innovator is well-documented in projects across these sectors in the Twin Cities, as well as in the Bay Area, where she spent her early... Read More →
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David McIntosh

Founder and President, Creative Business Breakthroughs
David McIntosh is the founder and president of Creative Business Breakthroughs LLC, working at the intersection of innovation and effectiveness. Since founding his firm in 2003, David has served as a consultant to executives and their organizations. As a facilitator, he designs a... Read More →
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Joseph Specter

President and General Director, Arizona Opera
Joseph Specter, an experienced administrator who draws from a deep understanding of the arts and corporate environments, became President and General Director of Arizona Opera in June 2016. | | Prior to coming to Arizona, Joe was General Director of Austin Opera, from 2012 t... Read More →

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →
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The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

9:30am

NEA Consultations
Georgianna Paul, opera specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, will be available by appointment to meet with general directors and their development leaders for individual consultations to discuss programs currently supported by the NEA or planned for a future NEA proposal. Visit http://go.operaamerica.org/2017NEAConsultations to sign up. Limited availability.

Sponsors
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National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30am - 12:30pm
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

11:00am

Opera Volunteers International Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will recognize Innovative Projects of Special Merit and grant recipients. Learn more about how these programs were developed and implemented. The successes and lessons learned from these projects will be the springboard for discussion. Find a project that may work for you.

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
City View 3, 4th Floor

11:00am

Development Consulting for Sustainable Results
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s a consulting horror story: The fundraising consultant you didn’t need delivers a work plan you can never execute with a price tag you can’t afford! Knowing when to call in a development consultant, how to pick the right one for your organization and what you’ll need for a productive working relationship is crucial for the success of any consulting partnership. In this session, hear from leading arts fundraising consultants on how they work with clients to build strong and sustainable development operations.

Moderators
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Mark Saville

Director of Development, Fort Worth Opera Association
Mark Saville currently serves as the Director of Development for the Fort Worth Opera, previously holding the positions of Senior Development Consultant and Director of Development for Arizona Opera. | During his tenure at Arizona Opera, Saville successfully doubled the organiz... Read More →

Speakers
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Linda Lipscomb

Associate Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
Linda Lipscomb joined ACG’s Dallas office in 2016, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and sales to her consulting and interim management work for the firm. As a consultant, she has expertise in facilitating major capital campaigns, maximizing annual funds and major gift programs, conducting feasibility studies, and performing interim management services. Ms. Lipscomb has served in interim management roles, leading the development departments at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, and Fort Worth Symphony. As Interim Vice President of Development at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, she successfully reversed several years of annual fund declines, increasing those efforts to meet targeted fundraising goals. Ms. Lipscomb also led the final phase of Dallas Museum of... Read More →
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Marilyn Shapiro

Arts Consultant, Arts Consultant
Marilyn Shapiro’s career spans 45 years of public service, including more than 30 years in senior management positions with the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Ms. Shapiro, retired from the Metropolitan Opera as Executive Director/External Affairs in 2000, having spen... Read More →
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Bob Swaney

Founder and CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.
A highly sought-after authority on fundraising growth for arts and cultural organizations, Bob Swaney has developed systems and solutions recognized now as industry standards for excellence. | With his nearly 30-year career in arts fundraising, Bob's hallmark lies in helping or... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
City View 1, 4th Floor

11:00am

Achieving Liquidity
Limited Capacity seats available

Under the new FASB requirements, nonprofits will soon need to disclose more detailed financial information that reveals an organization’s fiscal year 2018 cash and reserve position. What can opera companies begin to do now to achieve liquidity or build working capital? Beyond budgeting for yearly surpluses, hear strategies for incorporating liquidity needs into donor cultivation, institutional funder requests and long-range planning. This session is paired with the “Minding the GAAP” session on Monday that will delve into preparing for the changes in financial reporting.

Speakers
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Elisabeth Galley

Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
Elisabeth Galley has more than 30 years of experience as a fundraising and development professional for nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Ms. Galley rejoins Arts Consulting Group to open its Dallas office and expand its revenue enhancement and facility & program planning... Read More →
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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

11:00am

Cut a Print Ad, Create a Video
Limited Capacity seats available

Video has been an influencer in the purchasing funnel for decades, but in an age where late-night TV show highlights and Tasty videos dominate our Facebook feeds, audience expectation has greatly evolved. This panel session will begin by examining exceptional arts marketing videos from both in and outside of the opera world. Then, Erik Gensler, president of Capacity Interactive, will lead a panel discussion about creating video content for opera companies, drawing upon the perspectives of marketers with varied budgets and staff resources: Eric Bornemann, director of marketing, LA Opera; Frank Luzi, vice president of communications, Opera Philadelphia; and John Rozzoni, director of community engagement, Tri-Cities Opera. This session will cover the full scope of the video production process, including strategy, budgeting, staffing needs, best practices and lessons learned. 

Moderators
avatar for Erik Gensler

Erik Gensler

Founder, Capacity Interactive
Erik Gensler is the President of Capacity Interactive a digital marketing consulting firm for the cultural sector whose clients include the country's leading cultural institutions including the Seattle Symphony, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and New York City Ballet. Erik founded Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts, the only conference 100% focused on digital marketing for arts and cultural organizations. Erik speaks regularly about digital marketing at conferences and universities and is a top-rated speaker. He has guest lectured at Yale, Columbia, and NYU, and has been featured on the Carnegie Mellon Arts... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Bornemann

Director of Marketing, LA Opera
Eric Bornemann is the Director of Marketing at LA Opera, the nation’s fourth largest opera company, where he oversees the sales and advertising for main stage and Off-Grand productions, with a particular focus on cultivating new and evolving audiences. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2015, he was the Group Account Supervisor at Situation Interactive, one of New York... Read More →
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Frank Luzi

Vice President of Communications, Opera Philadelphia
As Vice President of Communications, Frank Luzi leads Opera Philadelphia’s branding, media relations, publications, multimedia, and social media efforts. He is most proud to have launched Opera Philadelphia’s Fantasy Football League in 2016. Prior to joining the opera, he built campaigns and secured international media coverage as Director of Media Relations for the... Read More →
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John Rozzoni

Director of Community Enggagement, Tri-CitiesOpera
John Rozzoni, Director of Community Engagement at Tri-Cities Opera, has followed a meandering career path which, along with his current position, has included box office management, event planning, directing, performing, interpreting (Italian-English), bar management, and even chimney sweeping. As Director of Community Engagement, he oversees every facet of Tri-Cities Opera that touches the public: Fundraising, Marketing, Advertising Sales, Sponsorship, Box Office, Event Planning and Educational Outreach. First engaged with Tri-Cities Opera in 2009 as a singer, Mr. Rozzoni established a love for the then 61 year old company. In 2014 he spearheaded the initiative to rebrand, renew, and reinvigorate with a new logo, new website, and new promise of Opera for Everyone. Mr. Rozzoni firmly believes in collaborating through mutually beneficial community partnerships that underscore a commitment to fiscal responsibility. He strives each day to create access points to the operatic art as a current and relevant form of entertainment and to ensure that Tri-Cities Opera is a positive force in the renaissance of Binghamton and New... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

11:00am

Technical Training for Opera
Limited Capacity seats available

This session features three programs that are establishing new pathways for technicians and craftspeople for careers in opera. Hear lessons learned and highlights from the production staff who lead these initiatives.
    Cincinnati Opera’s Technical Internship Collaboration with the Performing Arts High School
    Sarah Clark, Production Administrator, Cincinnati Opera
 
   Minnesota Opera’s Tech Training in Project Opera
   Julia Gallagher, Assistant Production Director, Minnesota Opera
 
   AT&T Performing Arts Center Technical Training Seminars
   Weston Keifer, Technical Director for Operations, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas

Speakers
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Sarah Clark

Production Administrator, Cincinnati Opera
Sarah Clark, Production Administrator at Cincinnati Opera, is entering her 4th Festival Season with the company. In her current position, she supports all aspects of production with special focus on contract logistics, financials, and rentals. Sarah earned her B.S. in Music from... Read More →
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Julia Gallagher

Assistant Production Manager, Minnesota Opera
Julia Gallagher joined the Minnesota Opera production team in 2015 where she supports all aspects of production with special focus on education, rentals and new works. She also serves as the staff chair of Minnesota Opera's Diversity Task Force. Prior to joining the opera field... Read More →
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Weston Keifer

Technical Director for Operations, AT&T Performing Arts Center
Weston Keifer is the Technical Director of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where he manages backstage operations for thousands of shows, events, and meetings every year.  He studied Theatre Design and Technology, receiving a BFA, from Emerson College in Boston while working for most of the theatrical companies in the... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
City View 2, 4th Floor

11:00am

Collaborative Singer Training: Voice Teachers and Opera Departments
Limited Capacity seats available

It is up to both opera departments and vocal faculty to design well-rounded programs to prepare students for careers in the field. This session will demonstrate team teaching and explore how faculty can collaborate to offer balanced curriculum and effective performance opportunities that pave the way for emerging singers. Open to all. 

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Folsom

Rebecca Folsom

Professor of Voice, The Boston Conservatory
Rebecca Folsom, mezzo-soprano, has performed with the Fort Worth Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles in works such as Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Dvorak’s ... Read More →
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Johnathon Pape

Director of Opera Studies, The Boston Conservatory
I'm the Director of Opera at Boston Conservatory and a freelance stage director. I'm part of the Singer Training Forum and am also very interested in New Works.

Artists
avatar for Christina Pecce

Christina Pecce

soprano, Fort Worth Opera
Praised for her “astounding vocal expressivity” and “soaring full voice”, American soprano Christina Pecce is a singing-actress who crosses over the genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and performance art. She currently serves as a Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artist for the Fort Worth Opera's 2016-2017 season and will be performing the roles of Frasquita... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
McCasland Boardroom Winspear Opera House

12:30pm

Spotlight: New Works 101 Meetup
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating an opera has great risks, but also great rewards. It can engage new audiences, invigorate your board and staff, and address issues specific to either your community or larger society. Beginning the process can seem daunting to administrators embarking on it for the first time. This session provides a meeting place for those who want to learn from experienced producers about the fundamentals of commissioning and producing a new opera. Learn how companies begin to look for talent, contract and set terms, and work with publishers.

Moderators
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Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
Noah is the artistic services manager at OPERA America. With a background in producing, non-profit administration and philanthropy, he brings a unique set of skills to the OPERA America team. He co-direct the artistic granting programs at OPERA America, including the New Works Forum Grants (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Opera Grants for Female Composers program (Funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and the Repertoire Development Grant (supported by the OPERA fund). He oversee the New Works Forum and Technical Production Forum, and has experience with contract and labor negotiations, digital media licensing, production management and the development of new... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Remington, 4th Floor

12:30pm

Women’s Opera Network: Update and Discussion
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Over the past year, the Women’s Opera Network has increased awareness about gender equity in the opera field. Building on the successful implementation of ideas from last year’s conference, the network continues to convene stakeholders (of all genders) who actively promote the advancement of talented women in opera. Bring ideas for next steps.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Director of Artistic Services, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Speakers
avatar for Ana De Archuleta

Ana De Archuleta

President & CEO, ADA Artist Management
Ana De Archuleta has quickly established herself as one of the most sought after managers in the operatic field. Representing a thriving roster of vocalists, conductors, and directors worldwide, ADA Artists can be seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Grand... Read More →
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Deborah Sandler

General Director, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim of each company. Ms. Sandler has a commitment to artistic excellence and deepening community connections through the creation of programs which involve and engage audiences of diverse ages. During her early career, she served as the Executive Director of Chamber Soloists of Philadelphia. With a strong commitment and connection to political and civic life, Deborah served as Finance and Fundraising Director for a mayoral primary campaign in Louisville and worked as the Director of External Affairs at the Kentucky School of Art, part of Spalding University. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Sandler received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Temple University and a... Read More →
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Jeri Sedlar

Author, Don't Retire, REWIRE!
Jeri Sedlar is an author, motivational speaker, and has earned the title of America’s “rewiring®” expert. She is a master of retirement life planning and has been doing research on personal growth and transition for over 20 years. She has interviewed hundreds of professionals, entrepreneurs, and pre-retirees in all industries about their hopes, dreams and fears about the future. She is the creator of the concepts... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

30 Ideas in 90 Minutes: How to Get More Money from Individuals
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When your annual fund starts to slump, your gala loses its edge or your general director gives you a seemingly impossible goal, it might only take a fresh idea to get your fundraising machine moving. In this fast-paced, round-robin session, get ready to jot down great ideas as leading opera fundraisers offer bite-size strategies to help you engage your individual donors.

Moderators
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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. He previously served as director of development for BalletX, a contemporary ballet company in Philadelphia, from 2012–2015, during which time the company's budget grew by 40 percent. Cooperman's inter... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Miller Burns

Michelle Miller Burns

Vice President of Development, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Michelle Miller Burns is Vice President of Development at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  In this position she oversees the fundraising program and serves on the senior management team.  She provides strategic direction and develops annual operating plans for the Annual Fund as well as the planned giving program and special fundraising... Read More →
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Cynthia Calabrese

Director of Development, Dallas Museum of Art
Cynthia Calabrese came to the Dallas Museum of Art in mid-December, 2014 with more than 25 years of fundraising and philanthropic giving experience, primarily at visual and performing arts institutions, including nine years of prior service as Development Director at the Dallas Theater Center. She joined the DMA from Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), where she was its founding Chief Development Officer since February 2013. | From 2004 to 2013, Cynthia led the development team at the Dallas Theater Center, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of a fundraising strategy to meet and sustain operational goals. She also managed the daily operations of a $13 million Advancement Campaign and developed a five-year strategic plan to increase giving by 40%. | | In 2003, Cynthia moved to Dallas from North Carolina after serving as the Managing Director of the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College, creating an annual subscription season, increasing the subscriber base over 1800% within five years and generating a sponsorship program. She joined the Porter Center in 1996 as its Campaign Director. From 1988 to 1992, Cynthia held development roles... Read More →
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Gae Whitener

Director of Development, The Dallas Opera
With a strong background in communications and marketing, Gae Whitener joined the Dallas Opera in 2004 as Grants Manager and Corporate Associate. Her energies soon moved beyond grant writing to handle special projects including OPERAtion HQ, the campaign to construct TDO’s admi... Read More →
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Brandy Moriah Wicker

Senior Director of Development, Dallas Black Dance Theater
Brandy Moriah Wicker, Sr. Director of Development, received a BA in English with a minor in Astronomy and a BA in Theatre & Dance with a concentration in Choreography from the University of Texas at Austin. At DBDT, she directs the fundraising strategy and oversees the development... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Change Management for Opera Companies
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Change management in the corporate world means redirecting resources, adapting processes and preparing employees to reshape how the company succeeds. In some cases, this may even mean ending a product or service that is no longer competitive. As the opera field looks to address new priorities, how can company leaders reflect on what has been learned to let go of the old and welcome the new? Learn from OPERA America’s own organizational changes, and hear from other company leaders about the process of creating strategic renewal. 


Moderators
avatar for David McIntosh

David McIntosh

Founder and President, Creative Business Breakthroughs
David McIntosh is the founder and president of Creative Business Breakthroughs LLC, working at the intersection of innovation and effectiveness. Since founding his firm in 2003, David has served as a consultant to executives and their organizations. As a facilitator, he designs a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Ashbaker

Susan Ashbaker

General & Artistic Director, Tri-Cities Opera Co., Inc.
Susan Shiplett Ashbaker, General & Artistic Director for Tri-Cities Opera, brings over 30 years of experience in the performing arts. She is active in the opera and vocal world as an artistic advisor/consultant, master class presenter, lecturer, and an opera/vocal coach. Her e... Read More →
avatar for Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge

General Director, Austin Opera
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James Merritt

Trustee, San Diego Opera
James Merritt, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer for CBR International Corporation, a consultancy for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. He also serves as President and CMO for Kalos Therapeutics, a start-up. From 2003 to 2006 he served as founding CEO and... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Collective Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

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.
 

Moderators
avatar for Quo Johnson

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 →

Speakers
avatar for LeAnn Binford

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 →
avatar for Devlin Decutler

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 →
avatar for Kristian Roberts

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

1:30pm

The Power of Dynamic Pricing
Limited Capacity seats available

The airline industry has transformed traditional inventory and revenue models through the creation of dynamic pricing, revolutionizing the way that sector does business. In this session, you’ll hear from airline industry experts and performing arts leaders on the ways opera companies can and have used dynamic pricing to maximize income, manage inventory and avoid leaving revenue on the table.

Moderators
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Carrie Ellen Adamian

Director of Marketing and Ticket Sales, The Dallas Opera
Carrie Ellen Adamian’s passion and love of the performing arts began with dancing and singing at the age of 4 years. Her lifelong dedication to the art form carried her to the Broadway stage where she performed in productions that included Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel and Grease! After graduating from Fordham University, Ms... Read More →

Speakers
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Tassio Carvalho

Senior Manager, Operations Research and Advanced Analytics, American Airlines
Tassio Carvalho is a senior manager at the American Airlines’ Operations Research and Advanced Analytics Department. His department provides analytical consulting to Sales & Marketing and coordinates all activities across the company on Machine Learning and Data Science through a center of excellence. Tassio has been with American since 2002 and has worked extensively with Pricing, Revenue Management, Scheduling, Alliances and Finance. Prior to American Airlines he worked for Enron Global Markets and for IBM Research. He received his Doctorate from Princeton University in 1996 and holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica in Sao Paulo... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Tour of the Karayanis Rehearsal Production Center
Limited Capacity filling up

Members of the Technical/Production Forum are invited to a special tour of the 69,000-square-foot rehearsal center, costume and properties shop, and storage facility that opened in 1998. Hosted by The Dallas Opera staff, the group will be taken on a 75-minute tour hosted by Facility Manager Mark Wagenhurst. Meet in the hotel lobby to travel on the shuttle bus. This event is intended for the Technical/Production Forum.
E-mail Noah Stern Weber at NSWeber@operaamerica.org if you are not in the Tech/Prod track and would like to be considered for this tour.

2:00pm

Innovation Grants Consultations
OPERA America’s Innovation Grants launched in 2017 with generous support from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Consultant Sarah Lutman is available by appointment to discuss project ideas with prospective applicants for the second cycle in 2018.

Ask about available appointments at the Registration Desk.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lutman

Sarah Lutman

Principal, Lutman & Associates
Sarah Lutman founded Lutman & Associates in 2012 and since then has pursued a wide variety of projects both independently and with clients in cultural, public media and philanthropic organizations. Her experience as an entrepreneur and innovator is well-documented in projects across these sectors in the Twin Cities, as well as in the Bay Area, where she spent her early... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
City View 4, 4th Floor

2:00pm

The Magic Piano
Presented by The Dallas Opera

This animation adventure produced in 2011 is the tale of two children in Warsaw who discover an old piano abandoned on a junk heap. It becomes their magical ride through the skies above Europe, as the kids dodge hot air balloons in France, fierce storms and darkening skies over London.

Purchase tickets now >> 

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

3:30pm

Creating Change: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

Responsible individual leaders in any sector make choices that create more equitable and inclusive organizations. For opera leaders, this means developing personal awareness about power, privilege and structural inequities to make informed programming, hiring and community engagement choices. With humble curiosity, the opera field gathers in this session to hear presentations from experts in other arts disciplines and sectors who have made strides to improve equity within organizations and their communities. Following these lightning talks, opera practitioners who have demonstrated leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) respond and give voice to the steps that the opera field can take.

Moderators
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Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya has consistently supported art-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. He is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland. Prior to his appointment he was the executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), where he established the innovative P.L.A.C.E (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative that supported engagement projects in Tucson, Arizona... Read More →

Speakers
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Zenetta Drew

Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Ms. Drew has been with Dallas Black Dance Theatre since 1987 and has seen the company grow dramatically over her tenure from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 600 with national and international venues and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents and two Cultural Olympiads. Select Awards: 2016 Texas... Read More →
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Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Comm... Read More →
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Cayenne Harris

Lyric Unlimited Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – it... Read More →
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Anh Le

Publications & Brand Manager, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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David Lomeli

Manager, Casting & Hart Institute for Women Conductors, The Dallas Opera
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Keryl McCord

Founder and CEO, The Equity Quotient
Ms. McCord is founder and CEO of EQ, The Equity Quotient, a national training and organizational development firm dedicated to supporting non profits interested in becoming more just and equitable community partners, with equity, diversity, and inclusion as outcomes of their work... Read More →
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Kevin Moriarty

Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Kevin Moriarty is the artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where his work as a director includes: It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman; The Who's Tommy; The Wiz; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV; The Tempest; Fat Pig; Next Fall; his original adaptation of A Christmas... Read More →
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L. Michelle Smith

Director, AT&T Global Marketing Organization
L. Michelle Smith is a consumer insights expert who is helping one of the world's most respected Fortune 10 companies prepare for our nation's new reality-- an unwired, digitally-driven, multicultural and global society. Michelle leads Citizenship & Sustainability efforts for the... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Exhibitor Happy Hour
Join us for a celebration of the Business Members and organizations that provide essential services to the field.

Saturday May 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Atrium, 2nd Floor

5:30pm

Voir Dire with Ambassador Dinner in Fort Worth
Presented by Fort Worth Opera

Fort Worth Opera presents Voir Dire, an explosive world-premiere opera featuring true crime stories based on librettist Jason Zencka’s time as a crime reporter. With music by Matthew Peterson, this “gut-wrenching…disturbing, explicit” work is sure to be a provocative night at the opera.
Prior to the performance, Ambassadors join trustees of Fort Worth Opera for dinner at Grace Restaurant, where award-winning chef Blaine Staniford reinvents American standards in a sleek space on Fort Worth’s Main Street.

OPERA America Ambassadors
: To purchase tickets, contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org.

Saturday May 6, 2017 5:30pm - 9:30pm
GRACE 777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

6:00pm

Opera Volunteers International Awards Dinner
Opera Volunteers International is pleased to present awards to honor the efforts of opera volunteer groups and individuals within the organization. At this special dinner, award recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments in developing and advancing volunteerism in support of opera.

Advanced purchase required. Attendees may also purchase a guest ticket.


6:30pm

Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
Limited Capacity seats available

See production presentations from the most promising young director-designer teams and meet the artists who created them. The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase is a biennial competition that identifies emerging director-designer teams, each of which has developed a production proposal from a diverse list of operas. Come see the artists who will advance opera’s multimedia richness in the years ahead. Made possible by a generous grant from the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Featuring:
Glory Denied (Tom Cipullo)
  • Ashley Tata, director*
  • Stephan Moravski, scenic designer
  • Liene Dobraja, costume designer
  • Abigail Hoke-Brady, lighting designer*
  • Brad Peterson, projection and video designer
 
Der fliegende Holländer (Richard Wagner)
  • Shannon Knox, director and scenographer*
  • Becky Heisler, lighting designer*
  • Gabrielle Heerschap, technical director*
  • Micaela Tobin, sound designer and composer*
 
Der fliegende Holländer (Richard Wagner)
  • Luke Harlan, director*
  • Alexander Woodward, scenic designer*
  • Fabian Fidel Aguilar, costume designer*
  • Andrew F. Griffin, lighting designer
  • Rasean Davonte Johnson, projection designer*
*Attending conference

Moderators
avatar for Mary Birnbaum

Mary Birnbaum

Stage Director, Self employed
Nominated for Best Newcomer of 2015 at the International Opera Awards in London, Mary Birnbaum has been singled out as a young stage director to watch. Her recent production of The Rape of Lucretia at Juilliard garnered a rave from Anthony Tommasini at The New York Times who called it... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luke Harlan

Luke Harlan

Der fliegende Holländer, director, Director Designer Showcase Winner 2017
Luke Harlan is an opera and theater director living in New York. Luke holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he directed Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, as well as well as multiple world premiere plays. Luke was also the Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer... Read More →
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Shannon Knox

Der fliegende Holländer, director and scenographer, Director Designer Showcase Winner 2017
Shannon Knox (Director, Scenic and Costume Design) is a designer, director born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is drawn to explorations of the super-text in old opera, imagining new productions as transmogrified still-life machines, by manipulations of audience association and expectation, and arrangement of object and performer to create a different theatrical language. Her recent credits include Unseal, Unseam (director, scenography) We Can Only Grow Closer, CalArts (Scenic Design) and Hamletmachine (Scenic Design). She also works as a freelance concept artist and illustrator in the Los Angeles... Read More →
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Ashley Tata

Glory Denied, director, Director Designer Showcase Winner 2017
Ashley Tata (director) works principally in the fields of new opera and multi-media performance. Recently: Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit (EMPAC and Dixon Place); the multi-media pop-up series “Out of Bounds” (PROTOTYPE Festival); Molière’s Don Juan (Fisher Center, Bard Colleg... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund

The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund
The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund generously supports OPERA America's biennial Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Launched in 2008, the program provides emerging designers and directors with a national platform to introduce their work to industry leaders.


Saturday May 6, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

8:00pm

Karaoke Lounge
Join colleagues for karaoke in the hotel lounge.

Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Draft Lounge at the Sheraton
 
Sunday, May 7
 

8:00am

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive Alumni
This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required. 
The Leadership Intensive program is generously supported by the American Express Foundation.  

Speakers
avatar for David Bennett

David Bennett

General Director, San Diego Opera
David Bennett is the General Director of San Diego Opera and assumed leadership of the Company on June 15, 2015. Prior to his appointment he was the Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. David Bennett joined the Gotham Chamber Opera as Managing Director in July, 2006 and was named Executive Director in May, 2010. He came to Gotham from Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Lower... Read More →

Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders wi... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 2, 4th Floor
  • Network LI

8:00am

Roundtable: New General Directors
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 1, 4th Floor

8:00am

Roundtable: Race and Equity in Opera
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This roundtable fosters dialogue among people of color, as part of OPERA America’s strategy for addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in opera. This facilitated conversation will identify challenges and opportunities within the field, as well as strategies to achieve greater equity. This session is open to attendees in any job category. Allies are welcome.

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Comm... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 8, 4th Floor

8:00am

Registration Open
Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Live Oak, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Granting for Individuals
Limited Capacity seats available

Selling your art is hard! In this session, individual artists will learn ways to improve their grant applications. Topics include strengthening artist statements, selecting work samples and creating rich support materials. Find out what to invest in for putting forward the best reflection of artistic work. Open to all.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Gohorel

Claire Gohorel

Grantmaking Manager, OPERA America
With a professional background in museum fundraising operations and academic degrees in anthropology, I bring my passion for cultural expression to OPERA America. As Grantmaking Manager, I support the administration of grants across the Learning and Leadership and Artistic Servic... Read More →
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Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
Noah is the artistic services manager at OPERA America. With a background in producing, non-profit administration and philanthropy, he brings a unique set of skills to the OPERA America team. He co-direct the artistic granting programs at OPERA America, including the New Works Forum Grants (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Opera Grants for Female Composers program (Funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and the Repertoire Development Grant (supported by the OPERA fund). He oversee the New Works Forum and Technical Production Forum, and has experience with contract and labor negotiations, digital media licensing, production management and the development of new... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
City View 6, 4th Floor

9:00am

Board Committees Designed for Success
At a time when the traditional staff structure is being questioned, rethinking the structure of board committees is essential. Should they mirror departments? Can they be aligned with different company priorities? How do executive committees add value without distancing other board members from important company business? This participatory session will introduce new ideas tailored to each company.

Speakers
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

Field Consultant, n/a
After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. He currently sits on the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors and The TELUS Vancouver Community Board and is a volunteer with the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver in... Read More →

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Culturally Sensitive Producing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As stewards of the art form, opera leaders have the opportunity to foster important discussions and build understanding through the works they produce. With equity, diversity and inclusion in mind, this session explores issues around cultural sensitivity and the production of new works and traditional repertoire, including season planning, casting and community engagement strategies. At every stage of producing, there are opportunities for important internal and community considerations. Join a conversation and hear examples from the field.

Moderators
avatar for Leah D. Barto

Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA Am... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

Vice President, Community Initiatives, Opera Philadelphia
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Randall Eng

Assistant Arts Professor, New York University
I am an opera composer; my operas FLORIDA and HENRY'S WIFE have been developed and presented at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera's VOX Festival, American Opera Projects, and the Virginia Arts Festival. My opera BEFORE THE NIGHT SKY was showcased at the New Opera Showcas... Read More →
avatar for Cayenne Harris

Cayenne Harris

Lyric Unlimited Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – it... Read More →
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Anh Le

Publications & Brand Manager, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
avatar for David Lomeli

David Lomeli

Manager, Casting & Hart Institute for Women Conductors, The Dallas Opera
avatar for Nkeiru Okoye

Nkeiru Okoye

Composer, Harriet Tubman When I crossed that Line to Freedom
www.nkeiruokoye.com
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Sean Waugh

Artistic Planning Manager, San Francisco Opera
Sean Waugh joined San Francisco Opera in May 2010 and currently serves as artistic planning manager, assisting with casting, season planning, and overseeing artistic operations for the company. Sean has helped lead a number of strategic initiatives at SFO including the formation... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Shared Values for Production and Operations
Limited Capacity seats available

Staff from the finance and production departments bring different mindsets to managing company priorities. This session will explore how both departments can improve communication and operate more collaboratively once core values are understood. With shared values as the basis, planning, budgeting and financial reporting become a team effort.

Moderators
avatar for Kurt Howard

Kurt Howard

Managing Director, OPERA America
Kurt Howard is managing director of OPERA America, overseeing the areas of finance and operations, including those of OPERA America’s National Opera Center. Howard has been responsible for revenue growth and cost containment across all departments since early 2014, and he serve... Read More →

Speakers
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David Levy

Vice President, Artistic Operations, Opera Philadelphia
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Cynthia Marino

Director of Production, Tri-Cities Opera
After more than 10 years as a Freelance Stage Manager, I moved into the world of Production Management. I am now completing my 2nd season as the Director of Production at Tri Cities Opera and starting my 3rd season as the Production Stage Manager at Bel Canto at Caramoor.
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Sarah Squire

Director of Operations, Opera Memphis
Sarah Squire, Director of Operations at Opera Memphis, has been with the company since 2006. In her current position, she has helped develop and produce Opera Memphis' annual "30 Days of Opera" and the Midtown Opera Festival. She has held various positions at Opera Memphis includ... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Majestic 2, 37th Floor

9:00am

Succeeding Together: Marketing and Development
Limited Capacity filling up

It is essential that marketing and development departments work together in achieving revenue goals and creating a seamless patron experience. In this session, learn from marketing and development representatives of companies large and small about how to establish a culture of shared goals, implement systems for productive communication and adapt patron-centered strategies that drive revenue.

Moderators
avatar for Joe Gfaller

Joe Gfaller

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Joe Gfaller has served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Opera Theatre since February, 2011. In that time, he has managed some of the company's most successful sales campaigns, including record-setting campaign for the world premiere of Terence Blanchard and Micha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Director of Development, Opera Memphis Inc
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David Walker

Managing Director, Palm Beach Opera
Responsible for all company contributed and earned income goals, as well as all expenses used to achieve them; Oversee Fundraising, Marketing, Box Office, and Education & Community Engagement departments; Design, implement, and manage company marketing, promotion, and fundraising... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Williston

Eileen Williston

Director of External Relations, Boston Lyric Opera

Sponsors
avatar for Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Majestic 3, 37th Floor

10:00am

Innovation Grants Consultations
OPERA America’s Innovation Grants launched in 2017 with generous support from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Consultant Sarah Lutman is available by appointment to discuss project ideas with prospective applicants for the second cycle in 2018.

Ask about available appointments at the Registration Desk.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lutman

Sarah Lutman

Principal, Lutman & Associates
Sarah Lutman founded Lutman & Associates in 2012 and since then has pursued a wide variety of projects both independently and with clients in cultural, public media and philanthropic organizations. Her experience as an entrepreneur and innovator is well-documented in projects across these sectors in the Twin Cities, as well as in the Bay Area, where she spent her early... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Executive Boardroom, 2nd Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Artistic Administration
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 8, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Development
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
avatar for Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 1, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Education/Community Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 6, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Finance/Administration/Human Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 3, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: General Directors
Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally-recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning. Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera,Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington N... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chaparral Room, 38th Floor
  • Network GD

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Marketing/Public Relations
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Majestic 1, 37th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Technical/Production
Limited Capacity filling up

New Digital Offerings for Technical Production Staff
Working with OPERA America CIO Kevin Sobczyk, the Technical Production Forum members will explore the beta version of the Technical/Production Directory for costume and scenic rentals and the new Technical/Production listserv, as well as discuss other ways that OPERA America can support members through its digital offerings. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 2, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Trustees
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) trustees only.

Sponsors
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to con... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Annual Business Meeting and Lunch
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Professional Company Member official representatives and members of the OPERA America Board of Directors will review important association business, elect members to the Board and recognize the accomplishments of leaders in the field who are celebrating their 10th and 25th anniversaries. No other individual may substitute for the official company representative at this meeting. By invitation only.

Sunday May 7, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Chaparral Room, 38th Floor
  • Network GD

12:30pm

Spotlight: Design Thinking at San Francisco Opera
Limited Capacity filling up

How does a major opera company approach change and innovation? In 2016, San Francisco Opera launched SF Opera Lab, a new R&D programming arm that was created through the help of design thinking. Discover how San Francisco Opera applied design-thinking methodology in the development of SF Opera Lab and how the process has transformed the company inside and out. Learn how you and your company can utilize design thinking as an instigator of change.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Waugh

Sean Waugh

Artistic Planning Manager, San Francisco Opera
Sean Waugh joined San Francisco Opera in May 2010 and currently serves as artistic planning manager, assisting with casting, season planning, and overseeing artistic operations for the company. Sean has helped lead a number of strategic initiatives at SFO including the formation... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Presented by Fort Worth Opera

Purchase tickets >>


Save 20% by using the code OA2017. Excludes value seats.

Sunday May 7, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bass Hall 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

2:00pm

Norma
Presented by The Dallas Opera

In this John Conklin production from Cincinnati Opera, set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 B.C., a passionate love triangle in the midst of a deepening culture clash leads to dangerous consequences. A Druid high priestess, Norma, is in the throes of despair after learning her lover, a Roman proconsul with whom she has two children, has been unfaithful.

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Sunday May 7, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

2:00pm

Norma with Ambassadors
Presented by The Dallas Opera

Bellini’s tragic opera tells the story of the doomed relationship between druid high priestess Norma and Roman proconsul Pollione. John Conklin’s acclaimed production of Norma is presented by The Dallas Opera and features Elza van den Heever as Norma and Yonghoon Lee as Pollione under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume.

OPERA America Ambassadors
: To purchase tickets, contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org.

Sunday May 7, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

5:15pm

Annual Fund Reception
Limited Capacity filling up

Annual support from individuals and institutions provides the essential foundation for OPERA America to lead and strengthen the opera field with programs devoted to professional development, new work cultivation, audience engagement, industry research and national advocacy. OPERA America’s contributing members of $250 or more and special guests are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

By invitation.

7:00pm

Ambassador Dinner at the Pump House
Once a water supply for the surrounding neighborhood, the Pump House has become home to some of the city’s chicest events. Admire the original water pumps and glass floors while enjoying an inspired dinner by chefs Shelley Barsotti and Andrea Hagar, known for food that is as beautiful as it is delicious.

OPERA America Ambassadors
: To purchase tickets, contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Deedie Rose's Pump House Highland Park, TX

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Professional Company Member General Directors
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

  • Network GD

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Artistic Administration
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Amberjax, Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Development
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Casa Rubia, Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Education/Community Engagement
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
LUCK Craft Bar 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Finance/HR/Admin
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Amberjax, Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Marketing
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

The Marketing/PR network dinner is sponsored by SD&A Teleservices, Inc.

Sponsors
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SD&A Teleservices

SD&A Teleservices has proudly served the performing arts community since 1983.  With efforts backed by the Company’s core values: quality, service, integrity, innovation, and collaboration, SD&A partners with clients to custom design campaigns and develop strategies to reach their organizational... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
LUCK Craft Bar 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Singer Training Forum
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Amberjax, Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

7:00pm

Network Dinner: Technical/Production
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Dinners will be “Dutch Treat,” paid for on separate bills. Advance registration required.

Buses will run continually from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Meet in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel lobby. Bring your ticket with you.

 
Monday, May 8
 

6:00am

Running Club
Runners of all levels are invited to join OPERA America’s Dan Cooperman and Patricia Kiernan Johnson for 3–4 mile runs along the nearby Katy Trail.

Monday May 8, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Sheraton Lobby

8:00am

Registration Open
Monday May 8, 2017 8:00am - 1:00pm
Live Oak, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Network Roundtable: Festivals
Limited Capacity seats available

By invitation. Professional Company Members only. This roundtable is for general directors of companies with festival seasons.

Monday May 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Majestic 2, 37th Floor

9:00am

Arts Policy and Effective Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Under any new administration, the political landscape changes and so do the ways arts communities advocate. How will the current political climate impact the issues that affect opera and the performing arts? Hear how OPERA America is representing the field and learn how you can be an effective opera advocate.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Comm... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Majestic 3, 37th Floor

9:00am

Data to Assess and Advance Your Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

To make informed decisions, comparative data and the knowledge to interpret it are crucial to opera companies. In this session, Zannie Voss, director of SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR), will share findings from the NCAR KIPI (Key Intangible Performance Indicator), which allows organizations to compare their data to others nationwide on a variety of financial and operating performance indices. Following an exploration of general findings related to opera companies and their unique performance characteristics, attendees will learn how to assess and advance their own organization’s health, using data from the NCAR KIPI.

Speakers
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Zannie Voss

Director, National Center for Arts Research
Dr. Zannie Voss is Director of the National Center for Arts Research, and Chair and Professor of Arts Management in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business. Previously, she was a Professor at Duke University and Producing Director of Theater Previews at Duke, where she transferred two shows to... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Wallace Foundation

Wallace Foundation
Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is an independent national philanthropy dedicated to fostering improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone. It seeks to catalyze broad impact by supporting the development, testing, and sharing of new solutions and effective practices. At www.wallacefoundation.org, the Foundation maintains an online library about what it has learned, including knowledge from its current efforts aimed at: strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement, helping selected cities make good afterschool programs available to more children, expanding arts learning opportunities for children and teens, providing... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Mind the GAAP: Preparing for Changes in Financial Reporting
Limited Capacity filling up

Start preparing now for upcoming changes in financial reporting. This session will outline FASB’s new requirements for nonprofit financial statements, including changes to net asset classifications, disclosures regarding liquidity, cash flow and donor restrictions, and expense reporting by nature and function. Find out what staff will need to do differently for fiscal year 2018 and how to help your board best understand the organization’s financial picture using these new statements. This session will be led by William Epstein, director in EisnerAmper's Not-for-Profit Services Group.

Speakers
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William Epstein

Director, Not-for-Profit Services Group, EisnerAmper
William P. Epstein is a Director in the Not-for-Profit Services Group and has spent nearly 20 years in public accounting. He has extensive experience in planning, administering, and supervising not-for-profit, governmental, and commercial audit engagements, including those of entities that receive government funding and that require special compliance reporting, as well as employee benefit plans. Bill also consults on the application of accounting principles, auditing standards and other regulations of concern in the not-for-profit industry to the... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Majestic 1, 37th Floor

11:00am

Opera’s Paradox: Mission and Business Model
Limited Capacity filling up

“Opera is for all” is a mantra that permeates the field’s messaging about performances and community engagement efforts. Providing access to opera aligns with the nonprofit aspiration to serve the general public and better communities. Yet many practices at opera organizations suggest that “opera is for a select few.” Much of the revenue that supports an opera company’s existence is a result of time-tested efforts that offer exclusive benefits to the highest-level donors. Hear from a range of opera practitioners about how they grapple with this paradox and what strategies companies are employing to harmonize this intrinsic tension.

Moderators
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Ellen Adamian

Carrie Ellen Adamian

Director of Marketing and Ticket Sales, The Dallas Opera
Carrie Ellen Adamian’s passion and love of the performing arts began with dancing and singing at the age of 4 years. Her lifelong dedication to the art form carried her to the Broadway stage where she performed in productions that included Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel and Grease! After graduating from Fordham University, Ms... Read More →
avatar for Carol Lazier

Carol Lazier

Trustee, San Diego Opera
Carol Lazier led the effort to avoid closure of San Diego Opera in 2014 and assumed the position of Board President. Lazier is the co-founder, lead underwriter, and Board President of Ex;plore Solutions, a nonprofit which provides best-fit college and career information to San... Read More →
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Andrew Morgan

Deputy Director of Development, San Francisco Opera
Andrew Morgan has served in various roles in San Francisco Opera’s development team since 2008, including multiple giving officer positions as well as Director of Individual and Leadership Giving. In his current position as Deputy Director of Development, Andrew oversees a team... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson.  Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the national service organization for... Read More →
avatar for Richard Russell

Richard Russell

Executive Director, Sarasota Opera
avatar for Eva Toia

Eva Toia

Associate Director of Development and Planned Giving, The Dallas Opera
Eva James Toia has been a fundraising professional in the arts since 1998, when she joined her alma mater, University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Director of Alumni, Career Services and Outreach. In 2009, she returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she served as Di... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

12:45pm

Closing Session and Lunch
Limited Capacity filling up

Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, whose life was chronicled in the recent book Sing for Your Life, will share about his experiences in overcoming obstacles to become an acclaimed opera singer. Timothy O’Leary, board chairman of OPERA America, will offer reflections on Opera Conference 2017 and will extend an invitation to next year’s annual gathering in Saint Louis. Attendees will join O’Leary and Marc A. Scorca in thanking The Dallas Opera for their service to the field.
Add this session to your schedule online by Friday, May 5 to reserve lunch.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Speedo Green

Ryan Speedo Green

bass-baritone
Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “robust voice” and Anne Midgette of the Washington Post as an artist “fully ready for a big career,” Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. The 2016... Read More →
avatar for Timothy O'Leary

Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson.  Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the national service organization for... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA... Read More →


Monday May 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Austin Ballroom, 2nd Floor