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Saturday, June 23 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Leading Community Conversations

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Small companies are demonstrating their civic value as conveners and facilitators by leading community conversations around repertoire choices that connect to larger issues. In organizing town halls, forums and art exhibitions, companies are forging new partnerships and sparking dialog. Speakers in this session will provide practical examples of methods to help you achieve deeper engagement with your community on socially and locally relevant subjects.

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Jason Hardy

Director of Development, Opera Memphis
Jason Hardy currently serves as the Director of Development at Opera Memphis. He joined the company in 2016 after serving as the Managing Director at OperaDelaware. Prior to this work, Hardy had an 18-year career as a leading operatic bass with a complimentary career providing data... Read More →

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Rebecca Hass

Director of Community Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria
Rebecca Hass is the Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera Victoria, having joined the team this past December. Her key role at the company involves the launch this fall of The Co|opera|tive, a suite of community programming and partnerships, including forums, exhibits... Read More →
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Cecilia Nadal

Executive Director, Gitana Productions
Cecilia Nadal is the Executive Director of Gitana Productions, which she founded in 1996. Using music and the dramatic arts to encourage acceptance between diverse populations, Gitana was the region’s first arts organization with a focus on cross-cultural engagement through the... Read More →
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Christina Rios

Artistic Director, R-S Theatrics
Christina Rios is a trained lyric coloratura, the mother of four children, the wife of an incredible human, and the Artistic Director of R-S Theatrics, a professional theater company dedicated to producing St. Louis premieres of thought-provoking work that demand conversation long... Read More →
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Jerome Shannon

Executive Director, Music Director, Principal Conductor, Pensacola Opera
Praised for his “skill and verve” (New York Times), Shannon celebrates nearly 30 years as a professional operatic pianist, vocal coach, conductor and administrator. During this time, Maestro Shannon has held leadership positions with Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston... Read More →

Saturday June 23, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102