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Thursday, June 21
 

11:00am CDT

Lifestyle Entrepreneurship: Integrating Family Life with a Career in the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Navigating the needs of loved ones and the compulsions of the creative life is a necessity for a working in the arts. Lifestyle entrepreneurship simply means creating a career around the kind of lifestyle you want, not working in your business and then coming home to your life. This session focuses on single parents and families with best practice budgeting, time management and work-life integration. This session will also cover retirement versus education savings and how to plan for the first two years of new parenthood.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Soricelli

Tiffany Soricelli

Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Tiffany Soricelli is business owner, financial advisor, mother, singer, nonprofit leader, wife, presenter, workshop facilitator, educator and more. She is in her third decade working in and serving the arts. As a nationally licensed financial advisor, Tiffany specializes in helping... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm CDT
Sterling 4, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63012
  Open Session

11:00am CDT

Specialty: John Adams, Composer
Limited Capacity full
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This private conversation with John Adams, specifically for composers, librettists, conductors and stage directors, is an opportunity to discuss the arc of a successful career as an opera creator.

Speakers
avatar for John Adams

John Adams

Composer
Composer, conductor and creative thinker—John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound and the profoundly humanist... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm CDT
Sterling 2, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Spotlight
  • Area of Focus Artists
  • KEY THEME Artist Careers
  • Reservations Required Yes. All attendees must pre-register to attend.
  • Limited Access Composers, librettists, conductors and stage directors only.

2:00pm CDT

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
avatar for Anne-Carolyn Bird

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 →
avatar for Nathan DePoint

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 →
avatar for Robert McNichols, Jr., DMA

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 CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

3:30pm CDT

Opera Artists as Activists
Opera is a powerful art form with the capacity to tell stories that are deeply personal and resonate with the world around us. Yet, the long development cycle of new works makes it difficult for opera to generate dialogue on the issues that matter most in an environment where last month’s pivotal issue has already been superseded. A panel of composers, directors and performers will discuss paths for artist-activists to inspire change through opera.

Moderators
avatar for Christian De Gré

Christian De Gré

Director, Opera Center, OPERA America
Mexican Artist Christian De Gré has spearheaded numerous international projects in film, theater, television, music, publishing, web-media, fine-art and radio such as Fatty Fatty No Friends (New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for Best Music and Best Musical), Beware The... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Laura Kaminsky

Laura Kaminsky

Ambassador/Composer
Composer of AS ONE (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), the most frequently produced contemporary opera, with two dozen productions since its 2014 premiere at BAM. Currently working on TODAY IT RAINS (also with Campbell and Reed), commissioned by Opera Parallele in collaboration... Read More →
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Ben Krywosz

Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater
Producer/Director/Dramaturg BEN KRYWOSZ is the co-founder of Nautilus Music-Theater, for which he serves as Artistic Director. The company’s work blurs the distinction between classical opera, American musicals, and innovative alternative work. In addition to directing fully-staged... Read More →
avatar for Gill Sotu

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 →

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 →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

3:30pm CDT

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
avatar for Kim Kowalke

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
avatar for John Mauceri

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 →
avatar for Patricia Racette

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 →
avatar for Tazewell Thompson

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 CDT
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
  Open Session
 
Saturday, June 23
 

11:00am CDT

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
avatar for Gill Sotu

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 →
avatar for Keturah Stickann

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
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

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 CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

11:00am CDT

Training Teaching Artists
Limited Capacity full
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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
avatar for Margie J. Reese

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
avatar for Linden Christ

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
avatar for Ruth Nott

Ruth Nott

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

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 CDT
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

1:15pm CDT

Identity in Storytelling
Who tells a story is as important as the story being told. This session will explore the intersection of artistic inspiration, personal identity and expectations of authentic representation of a community's culture.

Moderators
avatar for Kurt Howard

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
avatar for Kayhan Irani

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 →
CJ

Cerise Jacobs

Creator & Librettist, President, White Snake Projects
New opera. I'm interested in using the latest in technology to tell original mythic stories. PermaDeath, A Video Game Opera, is premiering September 2018 in Boston. We're creating 3D avatars using the gaming engine Unreal and Faceware to power the avatars faces so they can lip synch... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Patricia Racette

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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Huang Ruo

Composer/Conductor, Independant
Huang Ruo: composer & conductorComposer Huang Ruo has been lauded by the New Yorker as “one of the world’s leading young composers” and by the New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Silver

Sheila Silver

Composer
I am the composer of A Thousand Splendid Suns, one of the featured works presented on the 2016 New Opera Showcase. Set in Afghanistan in the later half of the 20th century,  A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love and the triumph of the female spirit. Through different... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

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 →


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

2:45pm CDT

Creative Youth Development
Learn how opera companies are partnering successfully with humanitarian organizations serving victims of human trafficking, incarcerated youth and other marginalized communities. A moderated discussion will focus on a unique program development approach that listens to individual participants to help them reach personal and professional goals.

Moderators
avatar for Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Director of Community Programs, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Alejandra Valarino Boyer is the Director of Community Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she oversees Lyric Unlimited’s community engagement initiatives, including creative youth development programs, the creation of devised works, and artistic productions. Most recently... Read More →

Speakers
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Cheryl Coons

Program Manager, Storycatchers Theatre
CHERYL COONS is a program manager for the Temporary Lockdown Ensemble of Storycatchers Theatre, which serves the young residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. Storycatchers Theatre works exclusively with incarcerated or court-involved youth in the Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Performing Arts and Opera Consultant
Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei is a dedicated and accomplished music educator and community programmer, bringing a unique vision to what the future of arts education looks like. As an industry innovator, she recently initiated a nationally-recognized collaboration joining opera with human trafficking... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

2:45pm CDT

Recruiting, Training and Retaining Development Officers
Limited Capacity filling up

Finding talented fundraisers is no easy feat and holding onto them can be even harder. In this session, start to think more creatively about what kind of fundraiser you actually need, where to find candidates with the skills you want and how to cultivate them into successful development officers.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Cooperman

Dan Cooperman

Director of Development and Membership, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman, director of development and membership, joined OPERA America in 2015. 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%.He graduated from Tufts... Read More →
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Andrew Morgan

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

Director of Development, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Linda Schulte joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in 2015 as Director of Development. A native of St. Louis, Schulte’s fundraising and management experience includes four years in Development and Communications roles at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Most recently, she served as... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session