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Tuesday, June 19
 

8:00pm

Center Stage Concert
This one-night-only event features members of OTSL’s nationally acclaimed young artist programs. Be among the first to discover these exciting singers as they perform some of opera’s greatest hits and cherished rarities, accompanied onstage by members of the renowned St. Louis Symphony.

Visit conference.operaamerica.org for ticketing information.

Sponsors
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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Sponsor: St, Louis Artists and Administrators


Tuesday June 19, 2018 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO
  • Area of Focus AA, STF, GD
  • Reservations Required Separate ticket required. Ticket not included in conference registration.
 
Wednesday, June 20
 

1:00pm

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.

Part 1, 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Building the 21st Century Canon
This discussion will explore how a work moves beyond its premiere/co-commission into the active repertoire. Producers and publishers will share what it takes – beyond a good story, good music and a good libretto! – to create second and subsequent productions of contemporary American works.

Part 2, 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
American Opera as a New Art Form
The field continues to treat new work as a modern extension of traditional European opera – producing, commissioning and engaging with audiences in generally similar ways. A panel-led discussion explores how contemporary artists and producers are finding new pathways to create work that connects with today’s communities. Concurrent with breakout sessions focusing on Education, Development and PR/Marketing topics.

Part 3, 3:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The New Works Forum concludes with a reconvening of all attendees to meet the 2018 Opera Grants for Female Composers Discovery grantees, learn about grant opportunities in 2018–2019 and share programming ideas for the January 2019 forum meeting at the National Opera Center in New York City.

There is no additional fee to attend the New Works Forum, and all conference attendees are encouraged to participate.

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jecca Barry

Jecca Barry

Executive Director, Beth Morrison Projects
Jecca joined Beth Morrison Projects in 2013 as General Manager and currently serves as Executive Director. In addition, in 2017 she was named a Co-Director of the PROTOTYPE Festival. Jecca began her career as a performer of avant-garde flute music, before transitioning into finance... Read More →
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Douglas Clayton

General Director, Chicago Opera Theater
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Anthony Davis

Composer
Opera News has called Anthony Davis, “A National Treasure,” for his pioneering work in opera. He has been on the cutting edge of improvised music and Jazz for over four decades as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, James Newton, and with his own ensemble Episteme. Anthony Davis... Read More →
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David Devan

General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
David B. Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed General Director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and the opera... Read More →
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Zizi Mueller

Creative Consultant, Boosey & Hawkes
Zizi Mueller’s career has spanned both performance and administration, specializing in contemporary music and advocacy of living composers. As a Consultant for both Boosey & Hawkes and UMPC (Ricordi, Salabert, Durand, Eschig and Editio Musica Budapest), among other projects, Zizi... Read More →

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sponsor: New Works Forum
Sponsor: New Works Forum
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Regency Ballroom A/B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
 
Thursday, June 21
 

11:00am

Building Authentic Partnerships
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Arts leaders and community leaders will share how they have built authentic and effective partnerships, both independent from and in support of season programming.  Participants will learn strategies for successful collaboration with partner organizations from different sectors in their communities.

Moderators
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Larry Desrochers

General Director & CEO, Manitoba Opera
2018/19 marks the start of Larry’s 19th season as General Director & CEO of Manitoba Opera. Larry has been privileged to hold a number of leadership positions in his career, having served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Founding Producer... Read More →

Speakers
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Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Former Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
Batya Abramson-Goldstein joined the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in November of 1988 and retired as its Executive Director in January 2016.JCRC programs Batya developed include the Riga/St. Louis Sister Community Project; the Student to Student Program, a prejudice reduction... Read More →
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Camtrice Bexten

Community Opera Fellowship Coordinator, Opera Omaha
Cam Bexten, working to bridge disciplines and build community, has experience with a plethora of collaborations throughout her career. Prior to joining Opera Omaha in 2017, Cam worked in the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Service Learning Academy, building partnerships between nonprofits... Read More →
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Joshua Borths

Director of Education and Community Engagement, Arizona Opera Company
Joshua Borths is the current Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement at Arizona Opera, and has previously held positions at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Seagle Music Colony, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.As... Read More →
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Kayhan Irani

Founder, Artivista
Kayhan Irani is an Emmy-award winning writer, a producer, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates art, media and live events to build community and engage audiences in social justice issues. Clients include NGOs, government agencies, and community organizations interested in using in story-based strategies for mobilization, engagement, and education.Kayhan... Read More →

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012

11:00am

Equity Begins with Access to Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Community choruses and local church choirs are common gateways to discovering talent as a singer. Recognizing talent is the first step, but socioeconomic challenges prevent many aspiring singers from opportunities to train, network and forge paths to success. Learn about companies that are creating bridges for talented singers from all walks of life.

Moderators
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Gill Sotu

Teaching Artist, The Old Globe Theatre Company
Gill Sotu is a multi-faceted artist weaving poetry, music, soul, humor, and thought provoking passion into captivating and memorable performances. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Composer
Opera News has called Anthony Davis, “A National Treasure,” for his pioneering work in opera. He has been on the cutting edge of improvised music and Jazz for over four decades as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, James Newton, and with his own ensemble Episteme. Anthony Davis... Read More →
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Julia Gallagher

Assistant Production Director, Minnesota Opera
Julia Gallagher currently serves as the Assistant Production Director at Minnesota Opera where she supports all facets of Production with a focus on special projects, education and new works. Julia also serves as the Chair of Minnesota Opera’s Diversity Council. She was a member... Read More →
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Tracy L. Wilson

Director of Community Relations, Cincinnati Opera
Tracy L. WilsonFriends and colleagues fondly refer to Cincinnati Opera Director of Community Relations and 2008 Emmy Award® nominee Tracy L. Wilson as the “The Connection Lady.” Tracy has created and produced several Cincinnati Opera community events and programs, including the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
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LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

12:45pm

Specialty: Co-Production Marketplace and Lunch
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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.

Lunch is provided.

Moderators
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Laura Lee Everett

Chief Programs Officer, OPERA America
The Chief Programs Officer for OPERA America, Laura Lee Everett has more than two decades of experience in opera production management, collaborating with some of the most renowned artists in contemporary opera. She has produced the Opera America Songbook (50 commissioned songs for... Read More →

Sponsors
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LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sponsor: New Works Forum
Sponsor: New Works Forum
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

2:00pm

Career Transition for Artists
Informed by research made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation, this panel discussion will provide advice from expert practitioners to chart a path beyond a performing career and build new skills for success. Discussion topics include opera company business structures, identifying transferable skills for off-the-stage careers and managing the emotional effects of a career transition.

Moderators
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... Read More →

Speakers
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Anne-Carolyn Bird

Executive & Artistic Assistant, Washington National Opera
Anne-Carolyn Bird joined the administration of Washington National Opera in 2017 after a successful international opera and concert career. A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera, she appeared in new productions of Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Manon, and L’elisir d’amore... Read More →
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Nathan DePoint

Director of Artistic Operations, Austin Opera
With more than 15 years of experience in opera both on and off the stage, Nathan DePoint is currently the Director of Artistic Operations at Austin Opera, a newly created position at the company. Partnering with the dynamic leadership of General Director and CEO Annie Burridge, he... Read More →
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Robert McNichols, Jr., DMA

Associate Professor of Music, Harris-Stowe State University
Bass-Baritone and St. Louis native, Robert McNichols, Jr., is the Associate Professor of Music for Harris-Stowe State University. There he teaches courses in vocal music and conducts the Concert Chorale. He was previously the Manager of Community Events and Engagement for Opera theater... Read More →
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Patricia Racette

Soprano Patricia Racette has appeared in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Paris Opera, Theater an der Wien, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Liceu... Read More →
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Jeri Sedlar

Member, OPERA America Board of Overseers
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... Read More →

Sponsors
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

2:00pm

Roundtable: All the World's a Stage
Limited Capacity seats available

Site-specific and alternative-venue performances are at the forefront of company strategies to connect to new communities and attract new audiences. Productions in these spaces frequently involve unusual or experimental programming. Learn about recent successes (and failures, too) of non-traditional production experiences.

Panel:
Matt Brogan, Consultant Fisher Dachs Associates
Todd Hensley, Partner, Schuler Shook
Robin Glosemeyer Petrone, Principal Threshold Acoustics

CASE STUDIES FROM:
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA – Anna Labykina, Production & Technical Director
ON SITE OPERA – Eric Einhorn, General & Artistic Director
CHICAGO FRINGE & Others – George Cederquist, director and Patrick Rizzotti, designer

Moderators
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Alexa B. Antopol

Chief Intelligence Officer, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is a vibrant, international theatre consulting practice specializing in performing arts and cultural spaces. Ask me anything (within reason)!

Speakers
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Matt Brogan

Consultant, Fisher Dachs Associates
For over a decade, Matt has worked as a consultant and designer on projects across the US and internationally. Matt is currently designing a new 600-seat, multi-tiered opera house for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (now in construction). Recently completed projects... Read More →
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George Cederquist

Artistic Director, Chicago Fringe Opera
George is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera (called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune), which produces experiential, immersive, and site-specific productions of operas composed in English. At CFO, George has directed THE ROSSINI PROJECT (workshop... Read More →
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Eric Einhorn

General & Artistic Director, On Site Opera
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Todd Hensley

Partner, Schuler Shook
Planning your new opera space or improving your current space. We are theatre consultants who understand opera well. We have helped many Opera America members with their projects.
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Anna Labykina

Production & Technical Director, Boston Lyric Opera
A native of Russia, Anna has made New England her home for over two decades. She is currently finishing her fourth season at the Boston Lyric Opera. Prior to BLO, she has worked as a Technical Director at The Boston Conservatory, Tufts University and Salem State College. While at... Read More →
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Robin Glosemeyer Petrone

Principal, Threshold Acoustics
I am an acoustician with a primary focus on the building and renovation of performance and rehearsal spaces.
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Scott Pfeiffer

Partner, Threshold Acoustics
Opera acoustics, running, cooking, camping or tennis.
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Patrick Rizzotti

Designer
Patrick Rizzotti is a scenic designer working in theatre, television, and virtual/augmented reality. He has a strong interest in new works and highly collaborative projects that explore how space is used to enhance an experience. Select New York Designs Include: The Assignment (A.R.T./NY... Read More →

Sponsors
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LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012

3:30pm

Opera on Broadway
Between the streamlined revival of Porgy and Bess in 1942 and the brief run of Menotti’s Maria Golovin in 1958, 18 productions of works by Weill, Blitzstein, Bernstein and Menotti brought the expansiveness of opera to the Great White Way. Although most of them avoided the label “opera,” many grappled with contemporary issues of race, ethnicity, diversity and inclusion in ways that remain relevant today. This lively panel will focus on the challenges and rewards of performing these proto-crossover pieces, with particular emphasis on the socially critical, musically diverse and dramatically potent Broadway operas of Weill, Blitzstein and Bernstein.
Presented by The Kurt Weill Foundation.

Moderators
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Kim Kowalke

President and CEO, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
Kim Kowalke is Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Rochester, where he is also the Richard L. Turner Professor Emeritus in the Humanities. He is the author of many articles and four books on 20th-century music and theater... Read More →

Speakers
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John Mauceri

Conductor
John Mauceri has taken a leadership role in editing, restoring, and performing two American art forms: the Broadway musical and the music composed by refugee composers who fled WWII and settled on the West Coast, including those who composed for films. He is the former music director... Read More →
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Patricia Racette

Soprano Patricia Racette has appeared in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Paris Opera, Theater an der Wien, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Liceu... Read More →
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Tazewell Thompson

Librettist and Director, BLUE, Glimmerglass Festival
Tazewell Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed director of opera in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the USA; and theatre, with over 85 productions (many world and American premieres, with over 20 productions at Arena Stage, where he served for many seasons as associate artistic... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
 
Friday, June 22
 

9:00am

Innovation: Human-Centered Design Thinking
Opera is a human-centered art form, created by and for people. Too often, though, productions and performances are treated like "products" to be sold in the entertainment "marketplace." Design thinking focuses on serving the needs of people through listening, exploring alternative solutions, testing and tinkering with programs, listening again, and tossing away what does not meet specific needs. This session examines process frameworks that support different human-centered design objectives.

Moderators
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Sarah Lutman

Principal, 8 Bridges Workshop
Sarah Lutman founded Lutman & Associates, now 8 Bridges Workshop, in March 2012. Since then she has pursued a wide variety of projects with clients in cultural, public media, and philanthropic organizations. Her experience as an entrepreneur and innovator is well-documented in projects... Read More →

Speakers
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Jamie Andrews

Chief Learning Officer, Minnesota Opera
Jamie Andrews is currently the Chief Learning Officer 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 →
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David Devan

General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
David B. Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed General Director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and the opera... Read More →
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Joseph Specter

President and General Director, Arizona Opera Company
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 to 2016. While... Read More →
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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 of... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Sponsor: Innovation Grants
Sponsor: Innovation Grants
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Sterling 4, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63012
  • Area of Focus GD, AA

10:30am

Meeting Audience Expectations
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent research shows that today’s arts audiences are seeking more than just a performance, and it confirms that opera companies are competing against a much larger range of activities than ever before for audience attention — important factors when working to increase customer loyalty and frequency of attendance. Leading experts will present their research findings as a prelude to an informative discussion about ways companies are responding to new audience expectations.

Moderators
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Tim Powers

Director of Sales and Marketing, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Tim Powers “stumbled” into hospitality and, for that matter, Four Seasons, which recruited him from the University of Hawaii where he was studying travel industry management on a golf scholarship he earned while on the American Junior Golf Tour. But for one 14-month break to glean... Read More →

Speakers
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Annie Burridge

General Director & CEO, Austin Opera
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David Devan

General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia
David B. Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed General Director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and the opera... Read More →
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Sunil Iyengar

Director, Office of Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA's five-year strategic... 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... Read More →
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Christine Yoon

Senior Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation
Christine Yoon is a senior program officer of the Arts at the Wallace Foundation. In this role, Christine helped launch the $52 million Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative, supporting nonprofit performing arts organizations across the U.S. Christine also supports Wallace’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →
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The Wallace Foundation

Sponsor: Audience Research sessions
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... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Friday June 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012

3:30pm

Roundtable: Artistic Administration
Limited Capacity filling up

Discussion topics brought forward from the Spring Forum include: AGMA Schedule C, next generation leadership and communal auditions.

These network-specific sessions are the place for open, frank dialogue that addresses the issues facing particular disciplines within the field of opera.

Moderators
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Scott Guzielek

Director of Artistic Operations, Palm Beach Opera
Scott Guzielek is Director of Artistic Operations at the Palm Beach Opera where he is responsible for all aspects of artistic planning including the oversight and direction of the Young Artist Program. For seven seasons he was Artistic Administrator of Washington National Opera working... Read More →
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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 of... Read More →

Sponsors
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sterling 2, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus AA
  • Limited Access Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff
 
Saturday, June 23
 

11:00am

Merging Musical Traditions
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating operas that incorporate the rich musical heritage of an ethnic community requires an open mind and heart to embrace differences in rhythms, tonal structure and even performance practices. Panelists will share their experiences in harmonizing these differences into a unified work — and what they learned along the journey.

Moderators
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Gill Sotu

Teaching Artist, The Old Globe Theatre Company
Gill Sotu is a multi-faceted artist weaving poetry, music, soul, humor, and thought provoking passion into captivating and memorable performances. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Hahn

Christopher Hahn

General Director, Pittsburgh Opera
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Daniel Kramer

Artistic Director, ENO
Daniel Kramer is the Artistic Director of ENO. He is a NY Drama League Fellow and was also an associate at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, the Young Vic and a Creative Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also been a guest artist and professor at Harvard University... Read More →
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Keturah Stickann

Stage Director
I'm a stage director and choreographer with specific interests in new work, mid 20th century work, and French rep. Currently trying to dip my toe in self producing and on a constant mission to present opera honestly, tell our stories well, and help opera maintain a cultural relevance... Read More →

Sponsors
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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

11:00am

Training Teaching Artists
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A panel of opera education leaders and representatives from related sectors will discuss both challenges and effective methods for creating professional development opportunities for teaching artists working in the opera field. New resources available for teaching artistry in opera will be shared.

Moderators
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Margie J. Reese

Executive Director, Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture
Margie Johnson Reese has an expansive portfolio as a career arts management professional, leading grant making and cultural agencies in West Africa, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She has contributed to public policy in the arts in cities and countries around the world.  Ms. Reese is currently... Read More →

Speakers
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Linden Christ

Director of Education, Chicago Opera Theater
Top 30 Professionals of the Year 2019 by Musical America Education Program finalist in 2018 The International Opera Awards Education & Outreach Co-Chair for Opera America
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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 →
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Ashley Renée Watkins

Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education
ASHLEY RENÉE WATKINS is an accomplished performing artist and teaching artist, currently a member of the prestigious faculty for Lincoln Center Education (LCE) and the 92nd Street Y Center for Education Outreach. As an LCE teaching artist, Ashley Renée works with both student and... Read More →

Sponsors
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

11:00am

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 coming seasons, with the intention of finding developers, co-commissioners and other collaboration opportunities among OPERA America member companies. 

Moderators
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Kurt Howard

Director of Programs and Services, OPERA America
After three years as OPERA America's managing director, Kurt Howard shifted into the position of director of programs services in 2017. Howard is responsible for professional development programs, annual conference planning and execution, supervision of grant programs (specifically... Read More →

Speakers
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Gina Hays

Senior Artistic Programs Manager, OPERA America

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sponsor: New Works Forum
Sponsor: New Works Forum
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
  • Area of Focus GD, AA
  • KEY THEME Innovation in Production
  • Reservations Required Yes
  • Limited Access For general directors, artistic administrators, publishers and producers. By invitation

2:45pm

Culturally Conscious Casting
General and artistic directors share audience expectations to see diversity on stage across the repertoire and in specific roles. Hear from colleagues about their strategies for identifying, nurturing and casting singers who reflect the diversity of our communities.

Moderators
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Molly Dill

Producing Director, Houston Grand Opera
Molly Dill began her career as a stage manager, working with opera and theater companies across the country, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York, and Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. While... Read More →

Speakers
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Clare Burovac

Director of Artistic Operations, Portland Opera
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Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
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David Lomeli

Casting Manager & Hart Institute for Women Conduct, The Dallas Opera
David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014 as Artistic Coordinator. In June of 2015 he was promoted to Associate Artistic Administrator. In April of 2016, David was promoted to Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manage where he assisted Music Director Emmanuel... Read More →
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Ian Rye

CEO, Pacific Opera Victoria
With Pacific Opera Victoria Ian has stewarded the creation of over 50 new opera productions, supported 5 new opera commissions, cultivated an enhancement of artistic scope and scale, and shaped a co-production model that has positioned Victoria-made productions on opera stages across... Read More →

Sponsors
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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, 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, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012