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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.
 
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
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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
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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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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

3:30pm

Active Crisis Preparedness
Codified emergency preparedness plans are in place for performances in traditional opera houses. As more and more events move to outdoor and alternative venues, new plans are needed. Gain tactical knowledge about good practices and resources to help protect your staff, artists and audiences.

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 →

Speakers
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Phil Melcher, CPP, CAS

Director of Security, St. Louis Cardinals, LLC
Phil is the Director of Security for the St. Louis Cardinals and has over 30 years of security, law enforcement, military and intelligence experience. As the St. Louis Cardinals Director of Security, Phil is responsible for all public safety and security at Busch Stadium, including... Read More →
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Sarah Gamblin-Luig

Deputy Commissioner, City of St. Louis Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) a division of the Department of Public Safety
Sarah Gamblin-Luig joined the City Emergency Management Agency in February 2010 as a program specialist responsible for public information, community outreach, training, exercise and general emergency management. In 2012, Sarah was promoted to Communications Center Coordinator taking... Read More →
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Sgt. Sally Panzer

CIT & Officer Wellness Program Coordinator/Crisis Negotiation, St. Louis Metro Police Department
Sgt. Panzer is an 18 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. She is highly trained in crisis negotiation, de-escalation techniques and strategies, CIT, trauma informed care and suicide. She is in instructor at the Police Academy for CIT, Officer Wellness and... 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 →



Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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
 
Saturday, June 23
 

11:00am

Roundtable: Singer Training Forum
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
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Brian Luedloff

Artistic Director, Opera Fort Collins

Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Sterling 4, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63012
  • Area of Focus STF
  • Limited Access Open to members of the Singer Training Forum

1:15pm

Roundtable: Attracting and Retaining Artisans and Technicians
Experienced artisans and technicians trained in the opera/music-theater arts are coveted for their skills, difficult to find and even harder to retain. Learn how companies are changing job descriptions, recruiting strategies and changing work schedules to assemble and keep a strong staff.

Recommended sites for job postings:
http://www.hireculture.org/
http://offstagejobs.com/

Moderators
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Alicia Moriarty

Production Operations Manager, Seattle Opera

Speakers
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Mitra Sadeghpour

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

Director of Operations, Opera Omaha
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Tom Wright

Director of Artistic Planning, Vancouver Opera

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 →


Saturday June 23, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
  • Area of Focus TECH/PROD, STF
  • Limited Access Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff

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
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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 →
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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