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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 - 2:00pm
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
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 2018   With Vancouver Opera he inaugurated the company's award-winning community engagement programs in 2002 that took deep dives into... 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 B. Galley

Elisabeth B. 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 practice areas. Her areas of expertise include capital campaign feasibility, strategy, management, and implementation, as well as maximizing major gift and annual... 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... 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

Vera Institute of Justice, Project Director
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... Read More →


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

2:00pm

New Works Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

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.


Opera NOW!
Does opera always have to be behind the times? How can composers balance writing pieces meant to be timeless, while also timely.  With commissioning and production cycles that can take years, how can new opera be more responsive to contemporary events?
 
Dramaturgs – A Necessity, Not a Luxury
Companies producing new work are increasingly 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?
 
NextGen Family Opera
In the last decade, “operas for all ages” have expanded from simply engaging the next generation of young audiences, 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 ability to incorporate them into the larger season.
 
New Work: Trustees and Board Advocates
Preconceptions about new music and esoteric industry jargon have created unnecessary boundaries to engaging board members and funders in new work. This session will offer ways to translate “inside” lingo and demystify the creation process to help recruit board members and encourage their support for commissioning and producing of new works.

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
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... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Strategies for Creating Compelling Digital and Video Content
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... 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 & Social Media Manager for the New Jersey Symphony... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Theater, 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 - 10:30pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

6:30pm

Bus to Fort Worth Opera - Frontiers Showcase
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)

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

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.

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

Thursday May 4, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

8:00pm

Fort Worth Opera: Frontiers Showcase

NEW WORKS FORUM PARTICIPANTS: YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY TICKET BY REGISTERING FOR THIS SESSION IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND

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 Matthews
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 are showcased on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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
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)

Thursday May 4, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
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. 
Leadership Intensive 2012-2016 program has been made possible by American Express.

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

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
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 2018   With Vancouver Opera he inaugurated the company's award-winning community engagement programs in 2002 that took deep dives into... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 1, 4th 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, and Rhonda Sweeney, president, Opera Volunteers International. Hear from artists who are shaping our art form through their cooperative work.

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 of California at Berkeley. After graduating with highest honors in both degrees, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to London. There he studied at the... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA Amerca
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... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Sweeney

Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd 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 a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →


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.

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 of California at Berkeley. After graduating with highest honors in both degrees, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to London. There he studied at the... Read More →
avatar for Doug Curtis

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 Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Vice President of Design and Construction and Interim CEO. A seasoned real... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

President and CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Martin assumed his duties as President and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2012. Under his leadership with Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony has enjoyed increased artistic achievements and financial strengthening, inaugurating new concert formats and genre-crossing programs, and expanding the reach of the orchestra in the North Texas community. A key initiative of this growth is the inaugural Nancy... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Moriarty

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 Carol; Oedipus el Rey; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; Medea; The School for Wives... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Strick

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, including Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species (2010); Rachel Whiteread Drawings (2010); Revelation: The Art of James... Read More →
avatar for Ann M. Williams

Ann M. Williams

Founder and Artstic 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 nation’s 4th largest and Dallas’s oldest continuously operating minority... 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

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Development
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 - 2:45pm
Majestic 1, 37th Floor

1:30pm

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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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 - 2:45pm
Majestic 6, 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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
City View 1, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: General Directors Budget 3
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 - 2:45pm
City View 3, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: General Directors Budget 4
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 - 2:45pm
City View 4, 4th Floor

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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
City View 5, 4th Floor

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 - 2:45pm
Majestic 5, 37th Floor

1:30pm

Network Roundtable: Technical/Production
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 - 2:45pm
Majestic 2, 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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Austin Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Case Studies: Independent Artists Developing New Works
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Majestic 4, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Standards for Singers Entering the Workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Friday May 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
City View 2, 4th Floor

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.  

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.

Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
TBA

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 Amerca
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... 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 seats available

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 an expert in 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 America’s Leadership Intensive program. Barto coordinates education/community engagement services for a network of more than 200 opera education practitioners and... 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 Reporter.   Allen was a Teaching Artist and director of Children’s Choruses for the Santa Fe opera for ten years, and has taught music at every level, from primary... Read More →
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Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Senior Music Critic, Theaterjones.com
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Andrea Scobie

Manager of Education and Community Programs, Michigan Opera Theatre


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

3:30pm

Toolbox Sessions, TBD
Sessions designed to develop practical skills for opera practitioners.

Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
TBA

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.  

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... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Sweeney

Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd 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 a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
City View 6, 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 (in concert)
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.

Purchase tickets now >> 

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

Purchase tickets >>


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

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 - 10:30pm
Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

9:30pm

Under 35 Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available

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
 

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. 
Leadership Intensive 2012-2016 program has been made possible by American Express.

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

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
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 2018   With Vancouver Opera he inaugurated the company's award-winning community engagement programs in 2002 that took deep dives into... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
City View 1, 4th Floor

8:00am

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

9:00am

Fundraising vs. Sales
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Gregory Robertson

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.    HGO is one of America’s most accomplished and distinguished performing arts organizations.  Greg leads and oversees all aspects of... Read More →


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

9:00am

Innovation and Ideas: Becoming a Learning Organization
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Moderators
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA Amerca
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... Read More →

Speakers
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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 career. For more information on Lutman’s background, work and... 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 and leads strategic planning sessions for businesses and non-profits. As a teacher, he creates customized management development programs for CEOs and their leadership... Read More →


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

9:00am

Think Tank Sessions, TBD
Sessions that explore important issues in depth.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA

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
Seminar Theater, 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Bornemann

Eric Bornemann

Director of Marketing, LA Opera
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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 Children’s Museum of Philadelphia and as Senior Press Officer... Read More →
avatar for John Rozzoni

John Rozzoni

Director of Community Engagement, Tri-Cities Opera Co., Inc.


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor

11:00am

Toolbox Sessions, TBD
Sessions designed to develop practical skills for opera practitioners.

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:15pm

Long-Range New Works Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Remington, 4th Floor

12:30pm

Spotlight: Opera San Luis Obispo’s Countywide Arts Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Brian Asher Alhadeff

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, costume, makeup, and set. Opera is unique in that it is the performance genre responsible for uniting the greatest number of independent artistic forces on one... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
City View 3, 4th Floor

1:30pm

30 Ideas in 90 Minutes: How to Get More Money from Individuals
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Dan Cooperman

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 interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... 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 initiatives.   Previously, she served as Vice President for Development at the Newberry... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Calabrese

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... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Moriah Wicker

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 department.  Previously, she was the Chief Development Officer at Cancer Care Services where she created an individual giving program, wrote and solicited... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Change Management for Opera Companies
Limited Capacity seats available

Change management in the corporate world means redirecting resources, adapting processes and preparing employees to reshape how the company succeeds. In some cases, this even means ending a product or service that is no longer competitive. As the opera field looks to address new priorities, shifts in organizational structures and programs will be needed. Learn from examples in the field and beyond to prepare your organization for change, whether it is smoothly closing a program to make room for new ones or changing the staffing structure to support new endeavors.

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 and leads strategic planning sessions for businesses and non-profits. As a teacher, he creates customized management development programs for CEOs and their leadership... Read More →

Speakers
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Susan Ashbaker

General & Artistic Director, Tri-Cities Opera Co., Inc.
avatar for Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge

General Director, Austin Opera
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA Amerca
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... 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.
 

Speakers
avatar for Gigi Antoni

Gigi Antoni

President and CEO, Big Thought
Giselle “Gigi” Antoni has served for 25 years as Executive Director then President and CEO of Big Thought, a Dallas-based nonprofit that utilizes creativity, imagination and collaboration to provide equitable learning opportunities for students and families. Gigi was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her convening role in Thriving Minds, a citywide initiative that joins the City of Dallas, the Dallas... Read More →
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Kristian Roberts

Education Program Senior Manager, The Dallas Opera


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.

Speakers
avatar for Tassio Carvalho

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... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City View 1, 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.

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

3:30pm

General Session, TBD
Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
TBA

3:30pm

Owning 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.

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

5:00pm

Exhibitor Happy Hour
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 - 11:30pm
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.

Saturday May 6, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor
 
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. 
Leadership Intensive 2012-2016 program has been made possible by American Express.

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

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
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 2018   With Vancouver Opera he inaugurated the company's award-winning community engagement programs in 2002 that took deep dives into... Read More →


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

8:00am

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

9:00am

Culturally Sensitive Producing
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

9:00am

Think Tank Sessions, TBD
Sessions that explore important issues in depth.

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
TBA

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Artistic Administration
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 4, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Development
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 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 3, 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 6, 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.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapparell Room, 38th Floor

10:45am

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.

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
City View 5, 4th Floor

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Technical/Production
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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

10:45am

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 Noah Stern Weber

Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
With a background in producing, non-profit administration and philanthropy, I bring a unique set of skills to the OPERA America team. | | I manage the 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). | | I... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Annual Business Meeting and Lunch
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
Chapparell Room, 38th Floor

2:00pm

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Presented by Fort Worth Opera

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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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Save 20% by using the code OA 20

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

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

5:30pm

Annual Fund Reception
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.

6:45pm

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 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Deedie Rose's Pump House Highland Park, TX

7:00pm

Network Dinners
Enjoy a night out while networking with colleagues and enjoying some of the best food and drink Dallas has to offer. Tickets for this event will be available shortly and can be added to your completed conference registration through April 28.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, May 8
 

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 Communications Director for Youth Service America in D.C. and Publications Director for Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. He has his B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American... 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
avatar for Zannie Voss

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 Broadway.  Zannie has consulted on projects for the Irvine Foundation, the League of American Orchestras, Theatre... 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 seats available

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.

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

11:00am

Opera’s Paradox: Mission and Business Model
Limited Capacity seats available

“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.

Monday May 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:45pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

11:00am

Think Tank Sessions, TBD
Sessions that explore important issues in depth.

Monday May 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:45pm
TBA

1:00pm

Keynote Session and Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Monday May 8, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Austin Ballroom, 2nd Floor