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Tuesday, May 17
 

12:00pm

 
Wednesday, May 18
 

9:00am

New General Directors Roundtable
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
AO

Ann Owens

Field Consultant, OPERA America
Ann Owens is a performing arts professional whose breadth of management experience and long association with the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) inspires her current work as a performing arts consultant.  From 2006 to 2010 Owens was Executive Director of HGO, where she served as chief operating officer, oversaw the work of the senior management team, and played a critical role in the strategic development of the organization in support of its... Read More →
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James Wright

General Director, Vancouver Opera


9:00am

OPERA America Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Open to members of the Board of Directors.
Lunch will be served in the Reporter Lounge following the meeting.

1:30pm

Seminar: Business Planning for Artists and Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Creativity and risk-taking drive innovation for the field. Whether you are an artist looking to start a new project or an administrator seeking to design a new initiative as a part of your company’s research and development, business planning provides the backbone for success. In this seminar geared toward individual artists, producers and program staff, learn how to develop and articulate your concept, assess your surroundings to better understand your intended audience or community and leverage your unique position within the field. This seminar will focus on developing an effective plan that will attract support and partners, as well as guide effective business operations and financial management for startups and new ventures.

Moderators
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Christina Loewen

Executive Director, Opera.ca

Speakers
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Géraldine Dallaire

Doctoral Student in Entrepreneurship, HEC Montréal
Geraldine has more than seven years experience supporting art and cultural entrepreneurs. Her focus is on developing tools to support startups and idea development. She began her thesis research in 2012 at HEC Montreal / IAE Grenoble. She also teaches several courses in France and Quebec, on entrepreneurship, management and marketing.  Géraldine travaille depuis 7 ans sur les enjeux de l'accompagnement des entrepreneurs culturels... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gamboa

Shaun Gamboa

Co-Director, ArtUp
Shaun Gamboa has been a social entrepreneur and innovation researcher for over a decade. Most recently he has been the Innovation Manager of District 3 and a PhD student in Innovation at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. He has been lucky enough to continually serve as a mentor and coach to an incredible group of successful people.
avatar for Marie-Claude Lacerte

Marie-Claude Lacerte

Entrepreneurship Faculty, HEC Montréal
Marie-Claude Lacerte teaches the course "Creativity - Innovation - Entrepreneurship" for the entrepreneurship certificate program at HEC Montréal. She has also served as project manager at the Pôle Entrepreneuriat, Repreneuriat, Familles en affaires since fall 2013. Her work focuses on the development of educational content related to business models and innovation. Marie-Claude is a graduate of UQAM (Strategies for... Read More →


1:30pm

Seminar: Elevating Your Marketing Efforts on a Budget
Limited Capacity seats available

There are myriad ways for opera marketers to build awareness, drive conversion to attract paying customers and retain patrons. With a constantly changing product and ever-evolving market, companies need to test new ideas and adapt their practices to maintain impact over time, but without breaking the bank. This interactive workshop will offer budget-conscious strategies for reaching new customers, engaging dormant audiences and creating brand advocates for your cause. Learn how to:

  • Define your target audience and create the best messaging platform;
  • Use e-mail marketing for sustainable engagement;
  • Choose social media channels that are best for your targeted audiences;
  • Create engaging content that amplifies your messaging platform; and
  • Incorporate experiential marketing into your game plan.


Speakers
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Peter LaMotte

Senior Vice President & Chief of Engagement, Levick
Peter LaMotte oversees the digital practice at LEVICK where he services their global client base of corporations, associations, governments, and non-profits. Mr. LaMotte focuses on helping clients build lasting reputations through stakeholder engagement and well executed messaging. A veteran of digital marketing and online advertising, Mr. LaMotte has spent the majority of his career helping organizations better understand how managing their... Read More →


1:30pm

Seminar: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Improving racial equity in the arts is an urgent and important issue in the field. Opera companies that embrace diversity can harness the strengths of various backgrounds and bolster connections with their local communities. Carmen Morgan, founder and director of artEquity, leads this in-depth seminar for an intimate group of opera practitioners that marks an initial step for coordinated action in the field.

  • Understand your personal approach to difference and identity.
  • Unpack commonly used language to have more productive and actionable discussions about racial equity.
  • Learn how to develop an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiative for your organization. 

Following the conference, participants who have an interest in personal leadership development and a passion for organizational change will be called upon to help inform OPERA America’s approach to EDI initiatives over the next year.  



Speakers
avatar for Dafina McMIllan

Dafina McMIllan

Program Manager, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dafina McMillan joined the arts program team at Bloomberg Philanthropies in February 2016, where she manages Bloomberg Connects, a digital technology initiative to increase visitor engagement, and the Arts Innovation and Management program (AIM), which supports the capacity-building of more than 260 small and mid-sized arts organizations in six U.S. cities. She recently served as the Director of Communications & Conferences for Theatre... Read More →
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Carmen Morgan

Founder and Director, artEquity
Carmen is a national consultant leading conversations at the forefront of the field on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. She is the founder and director of artEquity, a national program that provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersections of art and activism.  She has provided leadership development, organizational planning and coaching for staff, executives, and boards for over 100 non-profit organizations. She... Read More →


1:30pm

Seminar: Making Meaning of Your Arts Ecosystem
Limited Capacity seats available

How can an opera company be seen as a greater source of public value and increase its connections with diverse communities? This central question will guide a workshop on research and capacity-building for community engagement. This interactive seminar will introduce useful frameworks, strategies and language for community mapping/research and authentic collaboration. Participants will leave with a fuller understanding of steps to take for integrating opera into the social fabric of a larger arts and community ecosystem. Rachel Rosner, a professional researcher committed to community building, brings more than 20 years’ experience supporting collaboration across organizations, communities and social movements.

Suggested Advance Reading
  • Eleven Principles for Turning Public Spaces Into Civic Places [Online Resource]
  • Community Assessment, Chapter 3 from the Community Tool Box, University of Kansas [Online Resource]
 

Speakers
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Rachel Rosner

Researcher, Independent
Rosner is dedicated to supporting collaborative efforts, especially across social movements, on issues ranging from environmental justice to immigrant integration, to community participation. For over 20 years she has supported communities first by serving as a Research Associate at the University of Santa Cruz, California’s Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community, and later as an independent consultant.  Rosner has worked with... Read More →


1:30pm

Seminar: Strengthening Fundraising and Leadership Capacities
Limited Capacity filling up

Board members need to be strategic governors, compelling ambassadors and powerful fundraisers for opera companies, but they can often struggle. Find out what system-level obstacles are in the way and how to remove them, regardless of your role as a key staff member or fellow board member. You will leave this highly interactive session with concrete, practical solutions that you can implement easily, including how to:
  • Encourage more strategic participation at board and committee meetings and events;
  • Equip board members to better articulate the strengths of the organization as representatives in the community; and
  • Engage leaders in the most effective fundraising strategies, safely and joyfully!
This seminar is geared toward any board member or staff person involved in fundraising.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett

Consultant, Independent
Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully and amping up board leadership for over 40 years -- as a trustee, development director, executive director and consultant to over 1000 nonprofits just like yours. People leave her sessions with concrete, practical, no-cost solutions to age-old problems. Author of two acclaimed books (Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully and Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant... Read More →


1:30pm

New Works Forum
Limited Capacity full

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. 

Advance registration required. No additional fee.

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. WELCOME
Laura Lee Everett, OPERA America’s director of artistic services, introduces the recipients of the Opera Grants for Female Composers and shares announcements about upcoming New Works Forum events. 

1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  DEVELOPING YOUR AESTHETIC VOCABULARY FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA
Creators and administrators in opera share a common vocabulary to discuss and critique canonic composers and their work. With contemporary opera’s genre-bending styles of composition and untraditional dramaturgical formats, it can be challenging to identify terminology to describe shared experiences and articulate your personal responses to a new piece. In this session, Ben Krywosz, artistic director of Nautilus Music-Theater, leads exercises on developing vocabulary that can help you define your personal aesthetic and translate it into programming choices for your company and your audience.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BESPOKE OPERA
While many theatrical works strive for global and timeless appeal, the most resonant stories often come from local or personal accounts. Three companies share their perspectives on developing works that are specific to their geographic area. Examine the unconventional paths that led to the creation of these projects and explore the communities’ responses to these tailor-made operas. Garnett Bruce (moderator); Brittany Duncan, programs director, HGOco; Ben Hilgert, U.S. Army Field Band; Andrea Walters, librettist.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NEW WORKS FORUM DISCUSSION
Participate in a facilitated discussion about other topics that arise in the course of the New Works Forum and provide input on what would be most helpful to your work going forward. OPERA America stands at the ready to hear your feedback and shape future programs to address your needs and suggestions.

The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Moderators
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Speakers
avatar for Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce

Stage Director, Independent
Stage Director, (Recently San Diego, Utah, Chicago, San Francisco, Omaha) Faculty at Peabody/JHU and Aspen Music Festival & School
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Brittany Duncan

HGOco Programs Director, Houston Grand Opera
avatar for Ben Hilgert

Ben Hilgert

Staff Sergeant, Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band
avatar for Ben Krywosz

Ben Krywosz

Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater
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Andrea Walters

Director of Education and Community Engagement, The Santa Fe Opera
Nimble storytelling | Passion about the importance of live performance and critical role of audience Belief in younger audiences

Sponsors

5:30pm

Host Company Welcome Reception
Opera de Montréal welcomes you to enjoy drinks and appetizers at the Bonsecours Market to kick off the conference in the heart of Old Montréal. Inaugurated in 1847, this essential stop on any visit to Montréal is acknowledged as one of Canada's 10 finest heritage buildings. The Bonsecours Market, which borders on Montréal's Old Port and is the headquarters of the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec (Québec Crafts Council), houses 15 boutiques featuring top-quality “made in Québec” creations.

The reception is hosted in partnership with the City of Montréal and Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

7:00pm

Ambassador Dinner at Le Club Chasse et Pêche
Open to OPERA America Ambassadors (supporters of $500 or more). Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.
Depart Opéra de Montréal’s Host Company Reception (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) for a private dinner around the corner at one of Canada’s top restaurants. Founded by chef Claude Pelletier and maître d’ extraordinaire Hubert Marsolais, Le Club Chasse et Pêche offers a charming lodge setting for an inventive menu of local Québécois fish and game.

Transportation provided to the Host Company Reception and back to the conference hotel following dinner. Open to OPERA America Ambassadors. Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.

 
Thursday, May 19
 

6:00am

Running Club I: Montréal’s Downtown Charm

Join other running enthusiasts for an early morning jaunt. This three-mile run led by OPERA America’s Dan Cooperman will tour Old Montréal and the Old Port along the St. Lawrence River. Runners of all levels welcome, and maps of the route will be available. Meet in the hotel lobby promptly at 6:00 a.m.


7:00am

Walking Tours
Limited Capacity full

Wake up with a Montréalais or Montréalaise for a morning stroll through Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal), right outside your doorstep at Le Westin Montréal. Old Montréal is the charming area where the city was founded back in the mid-17th century. Your walk will take you on Saint Jacques Street (the former Wall Street of Canada), Saint Paul Street (the very first road laid out in the city), Place Jacques-Cartier (a major square at the core of Montréal) and the Place d’Armes (where the famous Notre-Dame Basilica stands) before heading back to the hotel. Led by an informative guide, you will learn things about the city only a native would know.

Cost is $7.50 USD per person in advance, $10 CAD walk-up.
Tour group limited to 16 people per day.


7:30am

Opera.ca Conference Kick-Off Breakfast

Opera.ca invites Canadian members and affiliates to a conference kick-off breakfast. Space is limited, and separate RSVP is required by May 6 by contacting Christina Loewen at C_Loewen@opera.ca or 416.591.7222.


8:00am

Women’s Opera Network Steering Committee Meeting
Limited Capacity full

This committee meeting is only open to the members of the Women's Opera Network Steering Committee. Breakfast will be provided.


8:00am

Leadership Intensive Alumni Roundtable

This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Leadership Intensive is made possible by a generous grant from the American Express Foundation.


Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders have on business and society, and we dedicate resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with practical opportunities to build leadership skills. americanexpress.com


8:00am

New General Directors Roundtable
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
AO

Ann Owens

Field Consultant, OPERA America
Ann Owens is a performing arts professional whose breadth of management experience and long association with the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) inspires her current work as a performing arts consultant.  From 2006 to 2010 Owens was Executive Director of HGO, where she served as chief operating officer, oversaw the work of the senior management team, and played a critical role in the strategic development of the organization in support of its... Read More →


9:15am

General Session: Opening Assembly
Limited Capacity seats available

Acclaimed Québécois film and stage director François Girard will kick off Opera Conference 2016 by sharing his perspective on enlivening the drama of opera to resonate with modern audiences. Welcoming remarks from Frayda B. Lindemann, Ph.D., OPERA America’s board chairman, Pierre Dufour, executive director of Opéra de Montréal, and Rhonda Sweeney, president of Opera Volunteers International, will follow. Hear a warm welcome from City of Montreal Executive Committee Member Manon Gauthier. Marc A. Scorca, OPERA America’s president/CEO will then set the stage for introductory comments from Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Video Recording: https://youtu.be/ox8ZqVYIzkk

Speakers
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Simon Brault

Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
Photo Credit: Tony Fouhse | | Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. He comes to the position with a full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably, as... Read More →
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Pierre Dufour

Executive Director, Opéra de Montréal
With a background in the theatrical milieu, in which he worked for over twenty years, Pierre Dufour joined the Opéra de Montréal in 2000 as Production Director. Having taken on the role of Acting General Director from 2002 to 2003, he became the General Director in August of 2006, in addition to maintaining his role as Production Director. In the theatre world, he has been active in all aspects of stage work, moving from... Read More →
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Manon Gauthier

Member Responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design Space for Life and the Status of Women, City of Montréal Executive Committee
Membre du comité exécutif de la Ville — | Responsable de la culture, du patrimoine, du design | d’Espace pour la vie et du statut de la femme | Manon Gauthier est membre du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal, responsable de la culture, du patrimoine, du design, de l’Espace pour la vie et du statut de la femme. Elle supervise également toutes les affaires liées à la... Read More →
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François Girard

Film Director and Screenwriter, Independent
FRANÇOIS GIRARD gained notoriety as much for his filmmaking as for his staging of operas and theater plays. In 1993, his feature film THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD would go on to garner international success including four top Genie Awards. Five years later he directed THE RED VIOLIN, featuring Samuel L. Jackson, which received an Academy Award for best original score and enshrined Girard as an important player on the... Read More →
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Frayda Lindemann

Chairman of the Board, OPERA America
Dr. Frayda B. Lindemann is vice president of the Metropolitan Opera Association, as well as a member of the executive committee and a managing director of the board. In addition, she is a member of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Young Concert Artists, and she also supports the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (LYADP) of the Metropolitan Opera. Each year, the LYADP discovers and nurtures a group of exceptionally... 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 of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →
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Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →


10:45am

Network Roundtable: Development
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Cooperman

Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. 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 percent. Cooperman's interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... Read More →


10:45am

Network Roundtable: Education/Community Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Moderators
PV

Pierre Vachon

Communications, Outreach and Education Director, Opéra de Montréal

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Finance/Administration/Human Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

FLSA and DOL Updates, Discussion and Strategies
Anna Brewer, director, HR Administrative Compliance Center of Excellence with Insperity, will present updates on the proposed rule changes in exempt employee qualifications and overtime pay, with particular focus on effects on the nonprofit sector.

Speakers
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Anna Brewer

Director, Insperity, HR Administrative Compliance Center of Excellence
Anna Brewer has 37 years in Human Resources with extensive generalist knowledge in HR, Employer relations and Compliance. Under Anna’s leadership the HR Administrative Compliance Center of Excellence focus is to assist Insperity clients with highly sensitive, complex and potentially costly matters such as: Background Services, Compliance Posters, Unemployment Claims, Worksite Employment Verifications,  Drug Testing Services, FLSA... Read More →

Sponsors
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Arts Insurance Program

Director, Arts Insurance Program
The Arts Insurance Program is the largest insurer of opera companies nationally. Our Opera Insurance Program provides the most comprehensive coverage, at very aggressive pricing. Workers compensation, general liability, volunteer accident, entertainment equipment and other specialty insurances are specifically crafted for the opera community. Bob Middleton, Director Phone: 410- 547-3167 Bmiddleton@MDpins.com mdpins.com


10:45am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Level 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


10:45am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Level 4
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


10:45am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Levels 1 and 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


10:45am

Network Roundtable: Marketing/Public Relations
Limited Capacity full

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Moderators
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Guillaume Therien

Sales and Marketing Director, Opéra de Montréal

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Technical/Production
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

10:45am

Network Roundtable: Trustees
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to trustees of Professional Company Members (PCMs) only.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce D. Thibodeau

Bruce D. Thibodeau

President, Arts Consulting Group

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com


10:45am

Gaming the Opera Season
Limited Capacity filling up

Participate in an interactive exercise to test your assumptions about opera titles and season formulas. What kind of information actually informs the success of the productions that are selected by opera companies? OPERA America’s senior research manager, Shannon Jackson, leads this fun exercise, which will be followed by a conversation about the strengths and limitations of available artistic data in the opera field. Open to all.  



Moderators
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.
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Shannon Jackson

Senior Research Manager, OPERA America
I have worked as a researcher for nonprofits and academic institutions in various public policy areas including criminal justice, health economics, and housing. In my previous life I was a professional dancer and choreographer. I have a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University and a MA in Public Administration from San Diego Sate University. I enjoy both qualitative and quantitative research projects, as well as projects that afford me the... Read More →

12:00pm

Ambassador Lunch at Toqué!
Open to OPERA America Ambassadors (supporters of $500 or more). Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.
Join together over an unforgettable lunch at Toqué! Founded in 1993 by chefs Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche, Toqué! was named Canada’s best restaurant in 2015 for its creative take on market-fresh cuisine. Its kitchen has produced some of the country’s leading culinary minds through its emphasis on developing new approaches to cooking and local gastronomy.

A five-minute walk from the conference hotel. Open to OPERA America Ambassadors. Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Toqué! 900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montreal, QC H2Z 2B2

12:15pm

Women’s Opera Network: Update and Discussion
Limited Capacity full

Over the past year, the Women’s Opera Network has increased awareness about diversity and gender parity in the opera field. Building on the popular kickoff session at last year’s conference and OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, the network was established to convene stakeholders (female and male) who will actively promote the advancement of talented women in opera. Hear updates from the steering committee and learn how you can support this important effort.

A complimentary box lunch will be provided to all session participants.

Speakers
LK

Laura Kaminsky

Composer, As One
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Deborah Sandler

General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim... Read More →
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Kim Witman

Senior Director, Wolf Trap Opera
Kim has cast and overseen over 50 opera productions ranging from undiscovered baroque gems to commissioned world premieres. Under her direction, the Company earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Opera Recording in 2009, for a live performance CD of John Musto and Mark Campbell's Volpone. For over twenty years, she has traveled the country, identifying the brightest talent for Wolf Trap Opera, hearing over ten thousand auditions in the process... Read More →

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development, and dramatic improvement to contributed and earned revenue.


1:00pm

Atelier Lyrique Young Artist Auditions
Limited Capacity filling up

General directors, artistic directors and members of the Singer Training Forum are invited to hear auditions performed by the promising young voices of Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique program.  Directed by Chantal Lambert, the Atelier Lyrique offers 13 Canadian opera singers and one pianist-vocal coach a veritable springboard for professional careers.

Speakers
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Chantal Lambert

Director - Atelier lyrique, Opéra de Montréal
I am a soprano and have been directing the Atelier program (YAP) at the Opéra de Montréal for 25 years. I'm eager to share with my colleagues how to best prepare the emergent artists for the reality of the career at the Opera, in the multi facets that their profession include.


1:30pm

AFM and AGMA Media Agreements
Limited Capacity seats available

The new Integrated Media Agreement (IMA) was ratified in spring 2015 following negotiations with the AFM and the Employers’ Media Association (EMA) representing 72 symphony, opera and ballet employers. Is your company taking advantage of the provisions in the new American Federation of Musicians (AFM) IMA for news, promotion and fundraising purposes, in addition to those of streaming and downloading? Has your company developed proposals to negotiate agreements with AGMA? Or if you are not an AGMA company, have you considered revising your employment agreements to include the more liberal provisions of the AFM IMA? Learn how the opera field can utilize these new provisions as part of its marketing and fundraising efforts. This session will inform opera companies that have AFM and AGMA collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), those that subcontract orchestra services from the local symphony orchestra, and those that do not have formal union CBAs but still need agreement on media usage from all participants.


Speakers
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Michael Bronson

Electronic Media Consultant, OPERA America
Michael Bronson has been a member of the symphony/opera/ballet management negotiating committee for national American Federation of Musicians contracts for audio/visual, Internet, sound recording and radio activity for over 35 years. As a television producer and consultant for Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera for more than two decades, Bronson has negotiated union agreements for their media projects for... Read More →


1:30pm

Collaborations for Civic Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Organizational partnerships that increase opera’s civic impact take careful cultivation, often operating on longer time horizons than a given season. This kind of networking and relationship building requires different capacities and metrics than traditional productions and collaborations. Rachel Rosner, a professional researcher committed to authentic community building, will lead a discussion on effective partnerships to increase opera’s civic impact. How do community engagement goals differ from audience goals? What does successful civic impact look like? Hear from opera practitioners who are putting these ideas into action, and join a conversation about strengthening your own collaborations.


Speakers
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Larry Desrochers

General Director & CEO, Manitoba Opera
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Brittany Duncan

HGOco Programs Director, Houston Grand Opera
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Rachel Rosner

Researcher, Independent
Rosner is dedicated to supporting collaborative efforts, especially across social movements, on issues ranging from environmental justice to immigrant integration, to community participation. For over 20 years she has supported communities first by serving as a Research Associate at the University of Santa Cruz, California’s Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community, and later as an independent consultant.  Rosner has worked with... Read More →


1:30pm

Long-Range Fundraising
Limited Capacity seats available

The demands of the annual budget frequently make it difficult for companies to think beyond their current fiscal year when fundraising. Yet the development of a long-term strategy can be crucial to feeding your pipeline and building sustainability. Learn from professionals in the field about the tactics they employ — mounting a multiyear campaign, cultivating donors beyond the immediate community, engaging boards in fostering relationships — in an effort to evaluate what is the best approach for your company.

Moderators
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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. 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 percent. Cooperman's interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... Read More →

Speakers
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Lisa Bury

Director of Development, Seattle Opera
Captivated by music at age four, Lisa Bury continues to pursue her love of the performing arts as Seattle Opera’s Director of Development. She leads all of the company’s contributed revenue activity including a $28 million capital campaign, $11 million annual fund, planned giving program, and endowment building efforts. She began her career as a marketing intern at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and continued there to nurture donor... Read More →
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Joan Desens

Director of Institutional Advancement, Glimmerglass Festival
Joan Desens, Director of Institutional Advancement for The Glimmerglass Festival, became professionally involved with both opera and Glimmerglass in 1987, when she moved to Cooperstown from NYC for lifestyle reasons, coinciding with the opening of the Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater. Initially an avid volunteer, she donated her skills from her years of work in media and advertising in support of PR projects and outreach to schools... Read More →
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Susan Howlett

Consultant, Independent
Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully and amping up board leadership for over 40 years -- as a trustee, development director, executive director and consultant to over 1000 nonprofits just like yours. People leave her sessions with concrete, practical, no-cost solutions to age-old problems. Author of two acclaimed books (Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully and Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant... Read More →

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com


3:30pm

Beyond Lip Service: Equity-Based Opera Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera is a powerful, multidisciplinary art form that thrives on collaboration and gives voice to stories of substance. It is in the hands of individual leaders to drive organizations toward being more inclusive, whether it is through hiring, artistic choices or authentic community engagement. With humble curiosity, we gather to learn together and take note from other arts sectors that have made strides to improve equity within organizations and their communities. This presentation and guided conversation will inform coordinated action for the field.


Speakers
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Dafina McMIllan

Program Manager, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dafina McMillan joined the arts program team at Bloomberg Philanthropies in February 2016, where she manages Bloomberg Connects, a digital technology initiative to increase visitor engagement, and the Arts Innovation and Management program (AIM), which supports the capacity-building of more than 260 small and mid-sized arts organizations in six U.S. cities. She recently served as the Director of Communications & Conferences for Theatre... Read More →


3:30pm

Opera Repertoire: Energizing Old and New
Limited Capacity full

Artistic leaders will share their perspectives on curating the opera repertoire for modern audiences. With the exuberant creation of contemporary American opera, how are producers finding balance with works from opera’s rich canon? What treatment is needed to infuse those time-honored works with the same energy as premieres? Hear a lively dialogue on these themes and join a conversation to shape the future of the art form.

Moderators
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Philip Kennicott

Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post
Philip Kennicott is the Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). In 2006, he was an Emmy Award nomineeand won the Cine Golden Eagle for video work exploring the role of oil money in the politics of Azerbaijan. He has served as classical music critic of... Read More →

Speakers
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John Conklin

Designer, Independent
John Conklin has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera and the opera houses of Munich, Amsterdam, and Bologna, among many others. Locally, his work has been seen in Boston Lyric Opera’s I Puritani (2014), Rigoletto (2014), The... Read More →
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Kasper Holten

Director of Opera, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Danish stage director Kasper Holten was born in Copenhagen in 1973. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera 2000-2011 and is Director of Opera at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London since 2011. An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 65 productions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Russia, Australia, Japan and the US. He headed the... Read More →
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Robert Marx

President, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Robert Marx is President of The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation in New York City.  He has worked extensively in theatre and opera as a producer, essayist and consultant, and since 1995 has appeared regularly on the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts as an intermission host, commentator and Opera Quiz panelist.  His many Met programs have ranged from lectures on Wozzeck and The Rise and Fall of the... 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 Mueller represents John Adams, Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov, David T. Little, as well as many developing music/theatre and opera projects with leading performance... Read More →
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Deborah Sandler

General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim... Read More →


5:00pm

Exhibitor Happy Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a celebration of the Business Members and organizations that provide essential services to the field.

Sponsors
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Stingray

Stingray
Stingray – the leading B2B music products, services, and content provider worldwide – reaches an estimated 400 million households in 152 countries. Headquartered in Montreal, the company is the one-stop-shop for Pay-TV providers looking for a diverse and expertly curated offering: multiplatform products, music video and long-form television channels. The newly introduced Stingray Brava is the most engaging TV channel dedicated... Read More →


5:00pm

Opera Volunteers International Grantor’s Circle Reception
Members who have contributed at the Grantor Level or above are invited to this special cocktail reception, with access to the museum until closing.  The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, or Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, is Canada’s largest and most popular art museum. Located in the historic Golden Square Mile and founded in 1860, the museum was one of the first encyclopedic collections assembled in North America.

By invitation. 

5:15pm

Ambassador Cocktail Dînatoire at McGill University
Open to OPERA America Ambassadors (supporters of $500 or more). Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.
In the evening, McGill University and the Schulich School of Music invite OPERA America’s Ambassadors for a cocktail dînatoire in the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building. Opened in 2005, this state-of-the-art facility houses the symphonic-sized Music Multimedia Room, the Wirth Opera Studio, the Marvin Duchow Music Library and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, as well as performance halls and classrooms. Senior members of the University community and the School’s Faculty Advisory Board will join us for food, drinks and tours of Canada’s leading university-based music school. The event is followed by the world premiere of The Trials of Patricia Isasa (8:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.) by Montréal’s leading new works producer, Chants Libres.

 

Transportation is provided from the conference hotel to McGill University and the Chants Libres performance. Open to OPERA America Ambassadors. Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.

5:30pm

New Attendee Welcome

Join your colleagues at the New Attendee table during the Exhibitor Happy Hour to share your first impressions, ask questions of OPERA America staff and build bonds for the rest of the conference.


8:00pm

The Trials of Patricia Isasa (world premiere)
Presented by Chants Libres. Music by Kristin Norderval and libretto by Naomi Wallace.

Tickets ($40) are general admission and may be purchased directly through Chants Libres at 514.871.2224. 

In 1976, Patricia Isasa — then a high school student, and just 16 years old — was abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. She was held for two years but never charged with any crime. After her release, Isasa felt compelled to find out who had been responsible for her abduction, torture and detention in a secret prison. Thirty-three years after her abduction, she managed to identify and bring her torturers to justice.

Based on personal conversations held with Patricia Isasa in 2010, the opera raises questions about the amnesty given to highly placed people in government, the use of torture for political reasons and the need to act with urgency.

Read more about The Trials of Patricia Isasa. Additional performances on May 20 and 21.

10:30pm

Pub(lisher) Trivia
Limited Capacity seats available

You may know your publisher colleagues, but do you know your opera facts? Come meet and greet our publisher members and try your hand at a round of opera trivia. A fun time to be had by all. Advance registration required.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Sponsors
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Music Publishers Association

VP Composers & Repertoire, Schott Music Corp & European American Music Dist Co


 
Friday, May 20
 

6:00am

Running Club II: Ascending Mount Royal

For the more adventuresome early morning runners, this four-mile moderate run led by OPERA America’s Dan Cooperman will ascend the city’s namesake mountain, offering views from the Chalet du Mount Royal. Runners of all levels welcome, and maps of the route will be available. Meet in the hotel lobby promptly at 6:00 a.m.


7:00am

Walking Tours
Limited Capacity full

Wake up with a Montréalais or Montréalaise for a morning stroll through Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal), right outside your doorstep at Le Westin Montréal. Old Montréal is the charming area where the city was founded back in the mid-17th century. Your walk will take you on Saint Jacques Street (the former Wall Street of Canada), Saint Paul Street (the very first road laid out in the city), Place Jacques-Cartier (a major square at the core of Montréal) and the Place d’Armes (where the famous Notre-Dame Basilica stands) before heading back to the hotel. Led by an informative guide, you will learn things about the city only a native would know.

Cost is $7.50 USD per person in advance, $10 CAD walk-up.
Tour group limited to 16 people per day.


8:00am

OPERA America Advocacy Forum
Limited Capacity filling up

 OPERA America advocates on a wide range of issues that impact your company’s operations and funding, including support for the National Endowment for the Arts, tax policy for nonprofits, visa processing at USCIS and labor regulations. Join OPERA America’s director of government affairs, Brandon Gryde, to learn how to better engage your company in arts advocacy, be a voice for advocacy in your organization and engage your co-workers, board members and artists. This breakfast session is for Government Affairs (GA) Liaisons who represent their companies, those who wish to become GA Liaisons for their companies and others who would like to engage further in advocacy for the opera field.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Communications Director for Youth Service America in D.C. and Publications Director for Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. He has his B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American... Read More →


8:00am

Leadership Intensive Alumni Roundtable

This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Leadership Intensive is made possible by a generous grant from the American Express Foundation.


Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders have on business and society, and we dedicate resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with practical opportunities to build leadership skills. americanexpress.com


8:00am

New General Directors Roundtable
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required.

Speakers
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

General Director, Vancouver Opera


8:00am

Co-production Marketplace
Limited Capacity full

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 attend. A digest of the Survey will be available as a tool for identifying collaborators. Breakfast included.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.
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Noah Stern Weber

Artistic Services Manager, Opera America
I am co-managing the Tech/Prod Forum, New Works Forum and the Artistic Admin Forum. I have a background in producing, conducting and digital media, and (sadly) can recite the Integrated Media Agreement chapter and verse.

9:00am

Network Roundtable: Development
Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Communications Director for Youth Service America in D.C. and Publications Director for Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. He has his B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American... Read More →


9:00am

Network Roundtable: Education/Community Engagement
Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Moderators
avatar for Leah D. Barto

Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. Barto coordinates education/community engagement services for a network of more than 200 opera education practitioners and... Read More →

9:00am

Network Roundtable: Finance/Administration/Human Resources
Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Topic: Becoming an Employer of Choice 
Share with your colleagues the challenges your organization is having in attracting and retaining employees in today’s labor market. How does flextime, remote access, elimination of paid time off (PTO) or other attractive benefits affect your workforce? Learn from peers what is being considered, what is being implemented and what may be needed in the nonprofit sector to become ahead of the curve in employment practices. 

Speakers
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Lisa Brown Morton

President & CEO, Nonprofit HR
Over sixteen years ago, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the only human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, and in the process, they’re changing the way an entire... Read More →

Sponsors
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Arts Insurance Program

Director, Arts Insurance Program
The Arts Insurance Program is the largest insurer of opera companies nationally. Our Opera Insurance Program provides the most comprehensive coverage, at very aggressive pricing. Workers compensation, general liability, volunteer accident, entertainment equipment and other specialty insurances are specifically crafted for the opera community. Bob Middleton, Director Phone: 410- 547-3167 Bmiddleton@MDpins.com mdpins.com


9:00am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Level 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


9:00am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Level 4
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


9:00am

Network Roundtable: General Directors: Levels 1 and 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


9:00am

Network Roundtable: Marketing/Public Relations
Limited Capacity full

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Moderators
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Carrie Ellen Adamian

Director of Marketing & Ticket Sales, The Dallas Opera
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Suzanne Calvin

Director of Media and PR, The Dallas Opera
Suzanne Calvin has directed media and public relations for The Dallas Opera for the past fourteen years. This followed a similar stint at the Van Cliburn Foundation, where she managed media and publicity for the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and subsequent Peabody Award-winning documentary, garnering personal praise in Moscow’s “Pravda” (June 2001) for her extraordinary information management. Suzanne’s move to the... Read More →

9:00am

Network Roundtable: Singer Training Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

Following a summary of the previous fall Forum meeting, Garnett Bruce will lead a conversation with baritone Gino Quilico. Brandon Gryde, OPERA America's director of government affairs, will provide an advocacy update. The Forum participants will then join a facilitated discussion about other pertinent topics and updates from the field. 

Moderators
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Garnett Bruce

Stage Director, Independent
Stage Director, (Recently San Diego, Utah, Chicago, San Francisco, Omaha) Faculty at Peabody/JHU and Aspen Music Festival & School

Speakers
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Gino Quilico

Baritone
Lyric baritone Gino Quilico continues to perform around the world in opera productions and in recitals and is also a sought-after vocal instructor and stage director.  He has performed throughout his career with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milano, The Royal Opera in London, and the Paris Opera. | | Quilico has worked with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Von... Read More →


9:00am

Network Roundtable: Trustees
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to trustees of Professional Company Members (PCMs) only.

Speakers
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Bruce D. Thibodeau

President, Arts Consulting Group

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com


9:00am

Getting Ahead: Career Development for Artists
Limited Capacity filling up

Creative artists in opera are the lifeblood of the art form, and OPERA America is dedicated to supporting their careers. Hear a short presentation on the services that are available to artists as members of OPERA America and participate in a discussion on developing your personal brand. Composers, designers, directors and any other independent contractors are encouraged to attend this session.


Speakers
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Julia Morton

Individual Giving and Membership Manager, OPERA America


9:30am

Production Managers Tour of Cirque du Soleil Costume Facility
Limited Capacity filling up

THIS EVENT IS INTENDED FOR THE TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION FORUM AND HAS EXTREMELY LIMITED CAPACITY. IF YOU ARE IN TECH/PROD, PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITLIST. E-MAIL NSWEBER@OPERAAMERICA.ORG IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE TECH/PROD TRACK AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS TOUR.

Members of the Technical/Production Forum are invited to a special tour of Cirque du Soleil’s international headquarters and costume creation facility. Hosted by the Global Citizenship staff, groups will be taken on a 90-minute tour. Meet in the hotel lobby and travel together. Guests on the tour will need to be on the check-in list and have ID with them to go on the tour. Absolutely no photography or recording of any kind will be permitted once inside.


10:30am

General Session: The Festival Effect
Limited Capacity seats available

Montréal is a city of festivals. Two of the city’s leading producers share how they have used the festival model to their advantage. Gilbert Rozon is the founder and chairman of Just For Laughs, which is a month-long international comedy festival with related events held across North America. André Ménard is co-founder and artistic director of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which features more than 3,000 artists performing in 1,000 concerts, of which most are free and outdoors. Both will outline their strategies for creating immersive experiences through concentrated activity. Hear how the festival effect has shaped public life, attracted new audiences, broadened artistic genres and demonstrated organizational adaptation — all elements that the opera field can learn from. While a festival structure may not be right for your organization, find out about what makes this activity so compelling for audiences and the cities that host them.

Moderators
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

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 of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →

Speakers
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Pierre Dufour

Executive Director, Opéra de Montréal
With a background in the theatrical milieu, in which he worked for over twenty years, Pierre Dufour joined the Opéra de Montréal in 2000 as Production Director. Having taken on the role of Acting General Director from 2002 to 2003, he became the General Director in August of 2006, in addition to maintaining his role as Production Director. In the theatre world, he has been active in all aspects of stage work, moving from... Read More →
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André Ménard

Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
André Ménard ranks among the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene, one who has made a considerable and lasting contribution in shaping the cultural life of Montréal. Ménard has been active in the concert production milieu since 1975, and has been associated with Alain Simard for over 35 years as co-founder and vice-president of L'Équipe Spectra. He is also co-founder and... Read More →
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Gilbert Rozon

Founding President, Just for Laughs Group
Founding president of the Just for Laughs Group, Gilbert Rozon was born in Montreal on October 26, 1954, and grew up in Saint-André d’Argenteuil. He began working at a young age as a paperboy and by the time he turned 14, had tried his hand as a gravedigger, salesman, printer, publisher of business telephone directories, and more. | | After graduating in law from Université de Montréal, he was called to the Quebec... Read More →


12:15pm

Annual Business Meeting and Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Professional Company Member official representatives and members of the OPERA America Board of Directors will review important association business, elect members to the Board and recognize the accomplishments of leaders in the field who are celebrating their 10th and 25th anniversaries. No other individual may substitute for the official company representative at this meeting. By invitation only.

Sponsors
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Schuler Shook

Principal, Marketing & Business Development, 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, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Contacts: Chicago: Todd Hensley, Partner. Phone: 312-944-8230 Email... Read More →


12:15pm

Career Advance

This working lunch and career strategy session is open to a select number of opera administrators in early stages of their career development. Participants have been nominated by their general directors and accepted into the session by application.


Moderators
avatar for Leah D. Barto

Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. Barto coordinates education/community engagement services for a network of more than 200 opera education practitioners and... Read More →

Speakers
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Annie Burridge

Managing Director, Opera Philadelphia
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Ashley Magnus

Director of Development, Chicago Opera Theater
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Bradley Vernatter

Director of Production, Boston Lyric Opera


1:45pm

Network Roundtable: Artistic Administration
Limited Capacity seats available

Network-specific sessions are the place for frank, open dialogue addressing issues facing professionals with similar roles in the field of opera. Open to Professional Company Member (PCM) staff only.

1:45pm

Building Opera Audiences: Updates and Inspirations
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Building Opera Audiences grants, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, help further groundbreaking projects designed to generate new and more frequent opera attendance. This session will include a retrospective of key learning from the past four funding cycles, presentations by company representatives to inspire your own strategies and information on future opportunities for support.

Moderators
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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 ninth conference: Houston (2009); Los Angeles (2010); Boston (2011); Philadelphia (2012); Vancouver (2013); San Francisco (2014); Washington, D.C. (2015), Montreal (2016) and Dallas (2017)!

Speakers
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Lawrence Edelson

Producing Artistic Director / Artistic & General D, American Lyric Theater / Opera Saratoga
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Ann Owens

Field Consultant, OPERA America
Ann Owens is a performing arts professional whose breadth of management experience and long association with the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) inspires her current work as a performing arts consultant.  From 2006 to 2010 Owens was Executive Director of HGO, where she served as chief operating officer, oversaw the work of the senior management team, and played a critical role in the strategic development of the organization in support of its... Read More →
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Andy Sheagren

Director of Marketing, Chicago Opera Theater/Long Beach Opera
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Austin Stewart

Audience Engagement Coordinator, Michigan Opera Theatre
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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 partnerships with Stanford University's d.school; Smule; The DeYoung Museum; Uber; and the City of San Francisco's Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation. Sean helped... Read More →

Sponsors

1:45pm

Electronic Media: A Strategic Imperative?
Limited Capacity seats available

Some companies have invested heavily in HD transmissions, live streaming and video-rich websites. Others are laying plans to build their capacity as media producers. All company leaders are thinking about how the creation and distribution of digital content might enhance their companies’ reach and public profile. Does the skillful use of electronic media actually bolster a company’s bottom line or does this activity compete with other essential investments that should take priority? Rob Overman, creative director of Stingray, will lay the groundwork for an exploratory discussion featuring Opera Philadelphia's David B. Devan, Houston Grand Opera’s Perryn Leech, and Serge Poisson-de-Haro, associate preofessor at HEC Montréal.


Moderators
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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 of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →

Speakers
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David Devan

General Director/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 world. Key achievements include the establishment of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, an extremely popular and highly-subscribed opera... Read More →
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Perryn Leech

Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera
General Director, Houston Grand Opera
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Rob Overman

Creative Director, Stingray
Rob Overman (1958) is active as an entrepreneur and producer in several domains of the performing arts. After studying Musicology and Conducting in The Netherlands, he worked the first part of his career as a music critic, conductor, lecturer Cultural History and Orchestra MD. In 2003 he began to work as a consultant focused on strategic policy in the performing arts. Following to work for Companions Amsterdam (grand scale opera), he decided... Read More →
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Serge Poisson-de-Haro

Associate Professor, Management Department, HEC Montréal
Dr. Serge Poisson-de Haro is an Associate professor at HEC Montreal. His research interests are primarily in the areas of strategy, artistic organizations management and experiential learning methods. He was awarded Teaching Awards by the MBA students and his peers at HEC Montréal. He presented his research at leading international conferences in these fields and his publications appeared in journals such as International Journal of Arts... Read More →


1:45pm

The Alumni Model for the Opera Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Education and community programs are expanding the range of people who benefit from and value opera. Past participants who are now adults and parents are important constituents within this broadening base of potential support. What can opera companies glean from higher education’s alumni cultivation model? Find out in this session about cultivating “program graduates” and individuals who are related to primary participants. Whether it is children’s chorus members who are now successful in their professional careers, or parents of your teens, discover the strategies for stewarding these relationships and broadening your base for contributions.

Moderators
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Gae Whitener

Development Director, The Dallas Opera
With a strong background in communications and marketing, Gae Whitener joined the Dallas Opera in 2004 as Grants Manager and Corporate Associate. Her energies soon moved beyond grant writing to handle special projects including OPERAtion HQ, the campaign to construct TDO’s administrative offices in the Winspear Opera House, as well as the three-year, $20 million Cultural Renaissance Endowment Fund initiative. | While the company... Read More →

Speakers
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Ayesha Mayan

Senior Consultant, Ketchum Canada Inc.
Ayesha Mayan recently joined the KCI team with over 15 years’ experience gained while working in a variety of senior roles in post secondary education. She is an advancement strategist who brings expertise in the areas of donor engagement, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, prospect pipeline analysis, and campaign planning and implementation to her role as Senior Consultant. Prior to joining KCI, Ayesha held increasingly senior... Read More →


1:45pm

The Board’s Role in Human Resource Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Board members can guide an organization’s overall approach to developing, retaining and investing in staff. While the board does not manage human resources or the functions of staff relations, trustees can set policies and priorities that influence effective human capital practices. Learn about the governance role in human resource management, whether it is supporting executives as the company grows, anticipating staffing needs during transitions or finding resources to help all levels of staff contribute to the company at a higher level.


Speakers
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Lisa Brown Morton

President & CEO, Nonprofit HR
Over sixteen years ago, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the only human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, and in the process, they’re changing the way an entire... Read More →

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com
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Arts Insurance Program

Director, Arts Insurance Program
The Arts Insurance Program is the largest insurer of opera companies nationally. Our Opera Insurance Program provides the most comprehensive coverage, at very aggressive pricing. Workers compensation, general liability, volunteer accident, entertainment equipment and other specialty insurances are specifically crafted for the opera community. Bob Middleton, Director Phone: 410- 547-3167 Bmiddleton@MDpins.com mdpins.com


2:30pm

Opera Volunteers International Board Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

This meeting of the Board of Directors is open to all OVI members who wish to attend.

3:30pm

A Framework for Dynamic Opera Learning, Presented by Lincoln Center Education
Limited Capacity full

Discover Lincoln Center Education’s distinctive inquiry-based approach to arts learning that fosters creativity and critical thinking skills for all learners. This session is the first of three events in the Lincoln Center Education series at the conference. This introductory session outlines the LCE framework that promotes capacities for imaginative learning. Attendees are encouraged to attend the New Works Sampler and then learn how to apply the framework at the Dynamic Curriculum Development session on Saturday.

Speakers
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John Holyoke

Assistant Director, Pre-K - 12 & Higher Education, Lincoln Center Education
John Holyoke (Lead Facilitator) is Assistant Director of Pre-K-12 & Higher Education at Lincoln Center Education. In nearly 15 years with the institution, John has worked to cultivate partnerships and support curriculum design in both Higher Education and LCE’s Focus School Collaborative in grades K-12.  Prior to joining the administrative team, John was a theater teaching artist, bringing a decade of experience as a... Read More →
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Tenesh Webber

Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education
Tenesh Webber, photographer, is a full-time visual arts teaching artist at Lincoln Center Education. She has worked with LCE since 1992. Prior to her full time position there, Tenesh taught in art centers and museums throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  This included working with English Language Learners through The Center for Arts Education, and with special-needs audiences at The Museum of Modern Art. Tenesh works in black and... Read More →


3:30pm

Effective Governance: Awareness, Understanding and Action
Limited Capacity seats available

A company’s health is challenged when board members remain satisfied with superficial awareness of organizational issues without seeking deeper understanding of pressing concerns or exciting opportunities. Good governance emerges from board members taking personal action based on their understanding. Moving from awareness to understanding to action requires an effective partnership between trustees and staff, as well as constant vigilance. Exploring the ways to achieve this level of engagement will be Holly Mayer, chair-elect of The Dallas Opera; Kevin H. Smith, president of the Minnesota Orchestra, Joseph Spector, and Ryan Taylor, newly appointed general director of Minnesota Opera, led by OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca.


Moderators
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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 of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →

Speakers
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Holly Mayer

Board Chair-Elect, The Dallas Opera
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Kevin Smith

President & CEO, Minnesota Orchestra
Kevin Smith has over 30 years of institutional, artistic and community leadership experience.  While serving as President and CEO of Minnesota Opera from 1986 to 2011, that company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million and its assets from $36 thousand to $28.8 million. During Smith’s tenure, Minnesota Opera was recognized for artistic... Read More →
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Joseph Specter

General Director, Austin Opera
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Ryan Taylor

President and General Director, Minnesota Opera

Sponsors
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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com


3:30pm

Entering the Major (Gift) League
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Opera companies rely more than ever on thriving major gift programs. Whether you are new to major gift fundraising or want to perfect your swing, learn how to build a successful game plan for prospecting, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding high-level donors. Following a presentation exploring major gift fundraising that supports activities ranging from large-scale productions in the opera house to the ballpark, form small teams with colleagues from similarly sized departments to discuss issues that will let you take the mound with full force.

Speakers
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Mark Saville

Director of Development, Fort Worth Opera
Mark Saville currently serves as the Director of Development for the Fort Worth Opera, previously holding the positions of Senior Development Consultant and Director of Development for Arizona Opera. During his tenure at Arizona Opera, Saville successfully doubled the organization’s donor base in his first year, implemented the company’s first formal and comprehensive development plan in eight years, and instituted best practices for... Read More →
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Carley M Stuber

Chief Development Director, Minnesota Opera
Carley M. Stuber, MA, CFRE, is currently Chief Development Director at Minnesota Opera.  Her experience in fundraising and leadership has a breadth of experience ranging from capital and program campaigns, board and committee leadership, events, annual giving and major and planned giving. Most recently, Carley served as VP-Philanthropy at Minnesota Children’s Museum leading a $28 million capital campaign while developing a major and... Read More →


3:30pm

Loyalty Programs and Fan Engagement: Learning from Professional Sports
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Kevin Gilmore, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Montréal Canadiens (National Hockey League), will lead this session exploring key areas of sales, marketing and business development. With the ground-breaking Club 1909 as the case-study model, find out how professional hockey is uniting fans across the globe and leveraging a membership model to encourage subscriptions. Gilmore is the founder of Professional Sports Advisors Group and has served as legal counsel for the Walt Disney Company. He was elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Moderators
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Guillaume Therien

Sales and Marketing Director, Opéra de Montréal

Speakers
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Kevin Gilmore

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Montréal Canadiens (NHL)
Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with the Montreal Canadiens on April 7, 2011, Kevin Gilmore is responsible for several key areas of the business, including corporate partnerships, sales, and marketing, and oversees the development of major projects while working closely with team owner and President Geoff Molson. From 2006 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Strategic Planning with the... Read More →


5:00pm

Annual Fund Reception
Limited Capacity full

Annual support from individuals and institutions provides the essential foundation for OPERA America to lead and strengthen the opera field with programs devoted to professional development, new work cultivation, audience engagement, industry research and national advocacy. OPERA America’s contributing members of $250 or more and special guests are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

By invitation.

5:00pm

Under 35 Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available

Young opera professionals under the age of 35 are invited to gather for networking, socializing and a guided absinthe tasting. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Additional ticket purchase required ($25).

5:15pm

Ambassador Event: Private Reception at the Stotland Residence
Open to OPERA America Ambassadors (supporters of $500 or more). Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.
Bernard Stotland, FCA, board chairman of Opéra de Montréal, and his wife, Merle, open their home for a reception. The outing gives Ambassadors an opportunity to see Westmount, a historically anglophone neighborhood on the west side of Mount Royal.

The evening continues at the annual New Works Sampler (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), a showcase of recent premieres and works in progress. Transportation is provided from the conference hotel to the reception and the New Works Sampler performance. Open to OPERA America Ambassadors. Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.

Friday May 20, 2016 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Stotland Residence

5:30pm

Opera Volunteers International Awards Dinner
Opera Volunteers International is pleased to present awards to honor the efforts of opera volunteer groups and individuals within the organization. At this special dinner, located in the heart of Old Montréal, award recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments in developing and advancing volunteerism in support of opera.

Advanced purchase required. Guest tickets available.

8:00pm

New Works Sampler
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The New Works Sampler is a showcase of works in progress and recent premieres. Complementing the New Works Forum, this performance will feature the wide spectrum of musical styles employed by emerging and established composers creating opera today. The first half of the performance will feature a showcase of new Canadian works in development and works recently premiered by Canadian opera companies. 

Video Recording: https://youtu.be/d4WBtaot__w

The featured works are:

Ours
Composed by John Estacio
Libretto by Robert Chafe
Submitted by Opera on the Avalon

Stickboy
Composed by Neil Weisensel
Libretto by Shane Koyczan
Submitted by Vancouver Opera

Six Revolutions
Composed by Tim Brady
Libretto by Guillaume Corbeil
Submitted by Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal

M’dea Undone
Composed by John Harris
Libretto by Marjorie Chan
Submitted by Tapestry Opera

As One
Composed by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell
Submitted by American Opera Projects

JFK
Composed by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Submitted by Fort Worth Opera Festival

Morning Star
Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
Submitted by Theodore Presser Company/Cincinnati Opera 

The New Works Sampler is made possible by generous and deeply appreciated grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Sponsors
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Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s national public arts funder, champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2014-15, the Council allocated $155.1 million towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. The Council also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Threshold Acoustics
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. thresholdacoustics.com  


 
Saturday, May 21
 

7:00am

Walking Tours
Limited Capacity full

Wake up with a Montréalais or Montréalaise for a morning stroll through Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal), right outside your doorstep at Le Westin Montréal. Old Montréal is the charming area where the city was founded back in the mid-17th century. Your walk will take you on Saint Jacques Street (the former Wall Street of Canada), Saint Paul Street (the very first road laid out in the city), Place Jacques-Cartier (a major square at the core of Montréal) and the Place d’Armes (where the famous Notre-Dame Basilica stands) before heading back to the hotel. Led by an informative guide, you will learn things about the city only a native would know.

Cost is $7.50 USD per person in advance, $10 CAD walk-up.
Tour group limited to 16 people per day.


8:00am

Women’s Opera Network Discussion Groups and Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
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Laura Lee Everett

Artistic Services Director, OPERA America
Talk to me about Artistic Administration, Technical/Production, all things New Work, Singer Training and how we can help Artists. And baseball.

Speakers
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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 Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera... Read More →
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Laura Kaminsky

Composer, As One
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Deborah Sandler

General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim... Read More →

Sponsors
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development, and dramatic improvement to contributed and earned revenue.


9:15am

Audience Research in Action
Limited Capacity full

Quality research improves day-to-day decision-making and informs long-term strategies for audience building, but a recent OPERA America study revealed that few companies undertake reliable research. This study, led by Pacific Opera Victoria’s Ian Rye, points to the urgent need to understand more about non-attendees, not just current patrons. Hear from a panel of opera practitioners about how they are leading actionable audience research and building their capacity for this work.

Moderators
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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 ninth conference: Houston (2009); Los Angeles (2010); Boston (2011); Philadelphia (2012); Vancouver (2013); San Francisco (2014); Washington, D.C. (2015), Montreal (2016) and Dallas (2017)!

Speakers
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Annie Burridge

Managing Director, Opera Philadelphia
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Ian Rye

Director of Artistic Administration, Pacific Opera Victoria


9:15am

Festival Formats: Right for You?
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera companies are assessing their season formats to find internal efficiencies and shape new experiences for audiences. Concentrated activity is exciting for communities, demonstrates artistic ambition and could relieve costs. Yet festival formats drastically affect cash flow and an organization’s ability to keep audiences engaged throughout the year. Are there ways to incorporate the benefits of an immersive festival experience without drastically changing your season structure? Reflect on the takeaways from Friday’s general session theme and learn from organizations that have already made the shift from producing throughout the year to a solidified festival period.

Moderators
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Kurt Howard

Managing Director, OPERA America
Kurt Howard is managing director of OPERA America, overseeing the areas of finance and operations, including those of OPERA America’s National Opera Center. Howard has been responsible for revenue growth and cost containment across all departments since early 2014, and he serves as advisor for the New York Opera Alliance. He was previously with Fort Worth Opera, where over the span of a 10-year career he served as both production manager... Read More →

Speakers
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Susan Dixon

Director of Development, Portland Opera
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Darren Woods

General Direcor, Fort Worth Opera
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Tom Wright

Director of Artistic Planning, Vancouver Opera


9:15am

Fundraising and Volunteer Power
Volunteers and guilds spearhead a range of events that contribute to the sustainability of opera companies and a stronger community of opera supporters. Whether they are organizing international trips, large galas, boutiques or auctions, volunteers are an active fundraising force. Learn more about these projects and find out how guilds are bringing in contributed revenue.

Moderators
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Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. Barto coordinates education/community engagement services for a network of more than 200 opera education practitioners and... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. 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 percent. Cooperman's interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... Read More →
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Zack Hangauer

Guild President, Lyric Opera Kansas City
Zack Hangauer is President of the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild. Zack and his wife, Susan, have been guild members for 10 years and have served on the Board of Directors for the past six years. Zack retired from JP Morgan in 2010 and is living the retirement dream with the arts, travel and golf. Zack is a California native but has lived in Kansas City for the past 22 years. He and Susan have five children and four grandchildren. 
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Susan Malott

Managing Director, San Francisco Opera Guild
Susan Malott has been Managing Director of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2006.  Prior to taking on this staff position, she served on the Opera Guild’s Board of Directors for 15 years.  Susan received her Bachelor of Music in voice from Northwestern University, and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of fundraising, events and volunteerism.  
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Rhonda Sweeney

President, Opera Volunteers International
Rhonda Sweeney is in her 3rd year as President of Opera Volunteers International and is a former President and Lifetime Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera Guild. Rhonda is a Houston Grand Opera Trustee serving on 3 key committees related to fundraising. She is also involved as a volunteer Director for the Houston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as President for the University of Houston's Moores School... Read More →


10:45am

General Session: Global to Local — Strategies for Opera
Limited Capacity seats available

Bernard Foccroulle, general director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France, demonstrates how opera can take on broad issues that have local resonance. As the former chairman of Opera Europa and director of Brussels’ La Monnaie, he brings a global perspective to the conference dialogue taking place at the crossroads of North America and Europe. Foccroulle’s presentation, which highlights the festival’s recent strategic plan to build access and participation, serves as a springboard for other opera leaders to reflect on their own efforts to strengthen relationships both locally and across the globe.

Video Recording: https://youtu.be/xYWCGYOOO_M
Link to Opera Memphis Video: 

https://youtu.be/-1h01L1Nh2s


 

Speakers
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Ned Canty

General Director, Opera Memphis
Turn-ons: Italian comic opera, new works, operetta, civic engagement, site-specific opera. | | Turn-offs: People who use the phrase "bringing opera to the people". Opera already belongs to the people, Bub. | | ISO: Co-production opportunities, inspiration, sharing of ideas and programs.
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Pierre Dufour

Executive Director, Opéra de Montréal
With a background in the theatrical milieu, in which he worked for over twenty years, Pierre Dufour joined the Opéra de Montréal in 2000 as Production Director. Having taken on the role of Acting General Director from 2002 to 2003, he became the General Director in August of 2006, in addition to maintaining his role as Production Director. In the theatre world, he has been active in all aspects of stage work, moving from... Read More →
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Bernard Foccroulle

General Director, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
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Perryn Leech

Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera
General Director, Houston Grand Opera


12:00pm

General Session: Reflections from Peter Gelb
Limited Capacity seats available

Peter Gelb will reflect on his 10 years at the helm of the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s most influential opera companies. His remarks will be followed by questions from Robert Marx, president of the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

Video Recording: https://youtu.be/k9qbNAl1qog

Speakers
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Peter Gelb

General Manager, The Metropolitan Opera
Since becoming the 16th general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, Peter Gelb has launched a number of initiatives to revitalize opera and to connect it to a wider audience. Under his leadership the Met has recruited many of the world’s greatest theater, film, and opera directors, increased the number of new productions, and launched The Met: Live in HD, the award-winning series of live performance transmissions to movie theaters... Read More →
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Robert Marx

President, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Robert Marx is President of The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation in New York City.  He has worked extensively in theatre and opera as a producer, essayist and consultant, and since 1995 has appeared regularly on the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts as an intermission host, commentator and Opera Quiz panelist.  His many Met programs have ranged from lectures on Wozzeck and The Rise and Fall of the... Read More →


12:45pm

Leadership Intensive Alumni Roundtable

This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. By invitation. Separate registration required. Box lunch provided.

Leadership Intensive is made possible by a generous grant from the American Express Foundation.


Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders have on business and society, and we dedicate resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with practical opportunities to build leadership skills. americanexpress.com


12:45pm

New General Directors Roundtable
The New General Directors Roundtable is a peer learning group consisting of recent appointees to their first general director/chief staff officer positions at companies with budgets between $1 million and $5 million. By invitation. Separate registration required. Box lunch provided.

Moderators
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James Wright

General Director, Vancouver Opera

Speakers
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Kevin Smith

President & CEO, Minnesota Orchestra
Kevin Smith has over 30 years of institutional, artistic and community leadership experience.  While serving as President and CEO of Minnesota Opera from 1986 to 2011, that company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million and its assets from $36 thousand to $28.8 million. During Smith’s tenure, Minnesota Opera was recognized for artistic... Read More →


1:45pm

General Session: Opera Conference Reflections and Anticipations
Limited Capacity seats available

Tradition and innovation, global and local. In a facilitated panel discussion, colleagues representing different aspects of the industry will reflect on these themes and others that emerged throughout the conference. The host of Opera Conference 2017 will extend an invitation to next year’s annual gathering.

Opera Conference 2017 Welcome Video: https://youtu.be/DcZcFXNCpc0 


3:00pm

Opera Volunteers International Roundtable
This session will recognize Innovative Projects of Special Merit and grant recipients. Learn more about how these programs were developed and implemented. The successes and lessons learned from these projects will be the springboard for discussion. Find a project that may work for you.

3:00pm

Bridging Workplace Generation Gaps
Limited Capacity filling up

Five different generations are now represented in the nonprofit workforce, each with its own communication style, expectations and motivations. With traditionalists, baby boomers, Gen Xers, millennials and Gen 2020, multigenerational teams can present management challenges. Hear insights from colleagues across generations and learn how to leverage differences, bridge divides and build effective communications at your organization.


Moderators
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Lisa Brown Morton

President & CEO, Nonprofit HR
Over sixteen years ago, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the only human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector. Today, her thriving company is helping many of the world’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart human resources strategies, and in the process, they’re changing the way an entire... Read More →

Speakers
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Fran Rizzi

Director, Public Relations, LA Opera
Traditional and new media relations, content marketing, social media
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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 partnerships with Stanford University's d.school; Smule; The DeYoung Museum; Uber; and the City of San Francisco's Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation. Sean helped... Read More →
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James Wright

General Director, Vancouver Opera


3:00pm

Data + Stories Workshop Presented by DataArts
Limited Capacity full

Why does your data matter? Data can reveal your organization’s unique position in the field, build your case for support and help you communicate more effectively with stakeholders. This interactive workshop will combine the reporting tools from DataArts, key insights from the annual Professional Opera Survey, and case-making practices to help you best articulate the strengths of your organization. Organizations are encouraged to send multiple staff members to this workshop.

Participants will leave with:

  • A better understanding of how to use data for benchmarking — comparing your organizational income and expenses to other similar sized organizations, both within the opera field and the cultural sector in your community;

  • Strategies to bridge communication between staff members who collect and input data, and those who leverage the results; and

  • The skills to build narratives that share the organization’s quantitative information in a compelling way.


The mission of DataArts is to empower the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance and public impact.

Speakers
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Rachel Brown

Education Associate, DataArts
Rachel Brown joined DataArts in 2011 as a member of the Support Center team, supervised the West Coast shift, and stepped into the role of Education Associate in 2014. Rachel is jazzed by the disruptive power of creative practice, which she currently explores through sacred chant and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Her work as a facilitator is informed by experience as an activist and organizer. Whether during a one-time workshop or building... Read More →


3:00pm

Dynamic Curriculum Development Presented by Lincoln Center Education
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Opera offers many entry points for developing such skills, including problem-solving, collaboration, communication and creativity. Using the LCE framework, discover how to design curriculum indispensable for 21st-century learning, and transfer these concepts to effective written materials to share the joy of opera education with others. This session is the third component of LCE’s Dynamic Opera Learning series at the conference. Attendance at the New Works Sampler is a necessary component of this workshop; attendance at the Friday Dynamic Opera Learning session is strongly encouraged.

Speakers
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John Holyoke

Assistant Director, Pre-K - 12 & Higher Education, Lincoln Center Education
John Holyoke (Lead Facilitator) is Assistant Director of Pre-K-12 & Higher Education at Lincoln Center Education. In nearly 15 years with the institution, John has worked to cultivate partnerships and support curriculum design in both Higher Education and LCE’s Focus School Collaborative in grades K-12.  Prior to joining the administrative team, John was a theater teaching artist, bringing a decade of experience as a... Read More →
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Tenesh Webber

Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education
Tenesh Webber, photographer, is a full-time visual arts teaching artist at Lincoln Center Education. She has worked with LCE since 1992. Prior to her full time position there, Tenesh taught in art centers and museums throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  This included working with English Language Learners through The Center for Arts Education, and with special-needs audiences at The Museum of Modern Art. Tenesh works in black and... Read More →


3:00pm

New Works Forum
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APPLYING YOUR AESTHETIC VOCABULARY FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA
Use the vocabulary developed throughout the conference to engage in constructive conversations about your personal and critical response to the New Works Sampler. Gain a deeper understanding of how to articulate your own artistic vision. Then see how it compares or contrasts to a given new work.


Ben Krywosz, artistic director of Nautilus Music-Theater, facilitates discussions utilizing aesthetic language to help producers plan programs, market seasons and engage audiences.


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 musical theater works. 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.

Advance registration required. No additional fee. Participation in the Wednesday session is not required.

The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Speakers
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Ben Krywosz

Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater

Sponsors

5:15pm

Ambassador Pre-performance Dinner at Brasserie T!
Open to OPERA America Ambassadors (supporters of $500 or more). Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.
Before the opening night curtain of Opéra de Montréal’s Lilies, Ambassadors will convene for a farewell dinner at Brasserie T!, the sister bistro by the founders of Toqué! Only steps from the opera house and with views of the stunning fountains of Place des Arts through its unique glass walls, this intimate restaurant offers the true French classics.

Following the performance, Ambassadors and conference-goers are invited to join the cast and company for a private post-performance reception (10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.). Transportation is provided to the dinner and back to the conference hotel following the performance. Open to OPERA America Ambassadors. Contact Dan Cooperman, director of development, at 646.699.5266 or DCooperman@operaamerica.org for more information.

Saturday May 21, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Brasserie T! 1425 Rue Jeanne-Mance Montréal, QC H2X 2J4

7:30pm

Lilies (world premiere)
Presented by Opéra de Montréal.

A world premiere work of uncommon dramatic intensity by a dynamic duo (Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard and Australian composer Kevin March), featuring two rising stars trained at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal: baritone Etienne Dupuis and tenor Jean-Michel Richer. Lilies is a co-commission and co-production of l’Opéra de Montréal and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Opera Conference 2016 attendees are also invited to attend a private post-performance reception.

Purchase tickets through Opéra de Montréal and use promo code OA2016.

Additional performances on May 24, 26 and 28. Read more about Lilies.