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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
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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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 →
avatar for Zizi Mueller

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

2:00pm

New Works Forum Breakout Session - Repertoire Development for Teen Singers
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover how opera companies are commissioning new work specifically for their teen vocal programs in this panel discussion with composers, educators and administrative staff. Learn how repertoire development for adolescent voices encourages broader youth involvement in opera and vocal training, and creates a stepping-stone to further studies in opera.

This session is one of several breakout sessions held concurrently during the New Works Forum.

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.

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Andrews

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel J. Peters

Rachel J. Peters

Composer/Librettist
Rachel J. Peters writes all manner of works for the stage including: Rootabaga Country (Sarasota Opera, OPERA America Commissioning Grant recipient), Companionship (Fort Worth Opera), The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Royce Vavrek (Center for Contemporary Opera), No Ladies in the... Read More →
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Christopher Powell

Director of Artistic Initiatives, The Glimmerglass Festival
Producer of Breaking Glass - a series of National Forums and a 5-episode podcast exploring opera's role in social justice and civic responsibility
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Richard Russell

Executive Director, Sarasota Opera
Richard Russell is Executive Director of Sarasota Opera. A former singer, he performed with the company for four seasons beginning in 1989 as an apprentice artist, studio artist, and principal. After transitioning out of professional performing he joined Citigroup’s Emerging Markets... Read More →
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Chaz'men Williams-Ali

Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Chaz’men Williams-Ali is a young tenor from St. Louis MO. Chaz’men studied voice at the University of Iowa School of Music. He was a member of the OTSL Artist in Training in program from 2005-2007.Chaz’men made his professional opera debut in 2008 in Gilbert and Sullivan’s... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sponsor: New Works Forum
Sponsor: New Works Forum


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
 
Thursday, June 21
 

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
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 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
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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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

2:00pm

Roundtable: Education and Community Engagement (Budget Groups 1 and 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Andrews

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 →
avatar for Allison Felter

Allison Felter

Director of Education & Community Engagement, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Thursday June 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Sterling 4, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63012
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • Limited Access Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff

2:00pm

Roundtable: Education and Community Engagement (Budget Groups 3–5)
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Moderators
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
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Brenda Huggins

Learning and Leadership Manager, OPERA America
I manage the Education and Community Engagement Network at OPERA America, and work to create professional development opportunities for opera educators. I also mentor the Opera Teens Advisory Committee, made-up of high school students from across the country who represent their local... Read More →

Thursday June 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Sterling 3. 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • Limited Access Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only

3:30pm

Arts Integration: S.T.E.A.M.
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Budgets for the arts in schools continue to shrink at the same time that educational priorities are shifting toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Opera companies are responding by working more strategically with school partners to create needs-based arts curricula that aim to fill achievement gaps in these areas while ensuring that students have access to quality arts learning. Learn how opera companies are implementing innovative S.T.E.M. and arts-integrated approaches in their communities.

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Huggins

Brenda Huggins

Learning and Leadership Manager, OPERA America
I manage the Education and Community Engagement Network at OPERA America, and work to create professional development opportunities for opera educators. I also mentor the Opera Teens Advisory Committee, made-up of high school students from across the country who represent their local... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Kirk

Rebecca Kirk

Manager of Education Programs, Boston Lyric Opera
Rebecca Ann S. Kirk, M.Ed. has worked in the overlapping fields of creative youth development, arts education, and community engagement for nearly fifteen years. She has managed youth programs and school partnerships for Boston Lyric Opera for three seasons and has previously worked... Read More →
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Tim Mulhall

Manager of Youth Development, Saint Louis Science Center
Tim Mulhall holds a Master's of Social Work from Saint Louis University and has a background of working with youth in out-of-school programming. Prior to the YES program, Tim delivered customized programs on character education, anti-bullying, health relationships and body image... Read More →
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Dr. Pamela Retzlaff

Principal, The BiOME STEAM School
Dr. Pamela Retzlaff has been an educator for 36 years, working in private and public schools and as an adjunct university instructor. Dr. Retzlaff is dedicated to teaching and learning and has spent her career working with children, teachers and parents to provide the best learning... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Rifenburg

Nathan Rifenburg

Education Manager, LA Opera
I have been Education Manager for LA Opera since 2015, and before that worked as a teaching artist with the company visiting schools throughout Los Angeles County. My background includes teaching music in schools, performing in regional theater and music directing in various community... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus EDU
 
Friday, June 22
 

3:30pm

Community Engagement: Defining Success
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.

Moderators
avatar for Mitra Sadeghpour

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 →

Speakers
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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
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • KEY THEME Civic Action
  • Live Stream Recorded for archival use.
 
Saturday, June 23
 

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
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
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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

1:15pm

Roundtable: Education (Teaching Artist Training Workshop)
Limited Capacity seats available

Focusing on identifying and developing essential skills needed for teaching artistry practice, leaders of teaching artist training in the opera field will lead sample exercises and share curriculum and lesson plans in a hands-on workshop.

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 Stuart Holt

Stuart Holt

Director of School Programs & Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild
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Stefanie Izzo

Access Opera Manager, Metropolitan Opera Guild
avatar for Ashley Renée Watkins

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 →


Saturday June 23, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • Limited Access Open to Professional Company Members (PCM) staff only.
  • Live Stream Recorded for archival use.

2:45pm

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
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102