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Friday, June 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Community Engagement: Defining Success

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As the core mission of opera companies expands to include community connectivity and audience engagement beyond the main stage, quantifying “success” is more challenging. A panel of professionals from both in and outside the opera field will discuss how they have defined success in community-engagement initiatives and methods for effective program assessment and evaluation.

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Mitra Sadeghpour

Director of Opera, University of Northern Iowa
Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, opera educator and soprano, joined the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2014 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she was honored as a Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor. At UNI, Dr. Sadeghpour directs the opera program... Read More →

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Stacy Brightman

Vice President, Education and Community Engagement, LA Opera
As Vice President for Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera, Stacy Brightman is responsible for the oversight and production of programs that serve 140,000 students and family members annually. She develops and supervises all public scholarship initiatives that engage students... Read More →
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Maria Bradford, CFRE, MA, MBA

Director of Community Engagement, St. Louis Community Foundation
Maria Bradford joined the Foundation in July 2017 to provide leadership for efforts to connect nonprofit organizations with the Foundation’s  programs and services. In addition to oversight of Give STL Day, she manages several grant-making programs housed at the Foundation and... Read More →
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Lauren Medici

Director of Engagement Programs, Opera Omaha
As the Director of Engagement Programs at Opera Omaha, Lauren Medici oversees all education and public programming, including the Holland Community Opera Fellowship. She specializes in making the arts accessible through cross-sector collaboration, and her work with Opera Omaha has... Read More →
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Brandon Neal

Administrative Coordinator, Education & Community Programs, The Santa Fe Opera
Brandon Neal is the Administrative Coordinator of Education and Community Programs for the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Neal is responsible for a variety of programs for the SFO, including the chamber opera productions, apprentice tours and other special programming. He also manages the... Read More →

Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • KEY THEME Civic Action
  • Live Stream Recorded for archival use.