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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
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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

2:00pm

New Works Forum Breakout Session - Making the Case for New Work
Limited Capacity full
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The decision to commission or produce a new work can have significant implications for fundraising. New work is expensive, and ticket income covers only a portion of the exceptional costs. The development staff has to convince individual donors and institutional funders to invest in the entire creative process from commission, through rehearsals to opening night. But how? Nicole Ambos Freber of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will lead a panel discussion with members of the St. Louis funding community about why they choose to fund works in the company’s New Works, Bold Voices series.

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
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Nicole Ambos Freber

Director of Development, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Speakers
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Lelia Farr

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Mrs. Lelia J Farr retired from Price Waterhouse as a Managing Director, Management Consulting Services who, after rising to head the St. Louis consulting practice, started the Price Waterhouse management consulting services practice in their Cleveland office.  She holds a B.A. in... Read More →
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Christy Gray

Executive Director, Whitaker Foundation
Christy Gray is the Executive Director of the Whitaker Foundation in St. Louis.  Before joining Whitaker she worked as allocation staff at three other grantmaking organizations.  She moved initially to St. Louis as a CORO Fellow in Public Affairs.  In addition to her work at the... Read More →
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Sally S. Levy

Board Member, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Sally S. Levy is a founding board member of Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL).Over many years, Sally and her family have made a critical impact on the company. With her lead support, OTSL opened the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, providing space for administrative, rehearsal and community... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sponsor: New Works Forum
Sponsor: New Works Forum


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012

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
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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 →

Speakers
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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
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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

2:00pm

New Works Forum Breakout Session - Sowing the Field of Dreams
Limited Capacity filling up

For marketing and communications staff, promoting and publicizing a new work can feel like both a limitless playground and an uphill battle. The uniqueness of a new work can provide many opportunities for publicity and generate excitement among jaded patrons. But the unfamiliarity of title, story and music can make new work a tough sell – especially when production photos, audio recordings or videos are not in your toolbox. In this session, we’ll explore ways to engage current and new audiences throughout the creation process, capitalize on publicity opportunities and develop resources for marketing these new works.

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.

Speakers
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Joe Gfaller

Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Joe Gfaller has served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Opera Theatre since February, 2011. In that time, he has managed some of the company's most successful sales campaigns, including record-setting campaign for the world premiere of Terence Blanchard and Michael... Read More →
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Patricia Kiernan Johnson

Director of Marketing and Communications, OPERA America
Patricia is OPERA America's director of marketing and communications and has been with the organization since October of 2008.For those of you keeping score at home, that means this is her tenth conference: Houston (2009); Los Angeles (2010); Boston (2011); Philadelphia (2012); Vancouver... Read More →
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Kamaria Morris

Public Relations Manager, Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Carlotta Soares

Director of Marketing, Communications, and PR, Arizona Opera Company
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Chris Thoren

Marketing Manager, Chicago Opera Theater

Sponsors
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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


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
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