Annual Convention

NOA holds an annual convention featuring performances, panels, workshops, and other continuing-education opportunities for opera educators, professionals, and students.

Stay tuned for more information about the next convention:




"Heritage and Hope: Celebrating Diversity in Performance and Pedagogy"

Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Awards

The Conrad Hotel, Indianapolis

January 6-10, 2016

We're pleased to announce that Martina Arroyo will provide the 2016 Keynote Address and that George Shirley will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award!

Convention Registration

Indianapolis, IN

Convention registration is now available in the Member Center (non-members may also use this link to register as non-members).

You can read complete instructions for registration (e.g. how to register as an individual, groups, attending guests and spouses, students, etc.) and also find out about the applicable registration fees.  Read about NOA's convention refund policy here.

See also the Travel and Lodging page for hotel reservation info.

Convention Schedule

The convention committee is reviewing session proposals following the May 29 submission deadline.  Please check back to see a draft convention schedule as well as other planned highlights of the convention in a few weeks!

Convention Program Advertising and Exhibitors

The Convention Program is a valuable reference for the participants and a highly visible publication for those who drop in to experience the many wonderful convention events.

Please see the guidelines and schedule of fees for more information.

Deadline is December 1, 2015.


Past Convention Info

60th Annual Convention in Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Nightscape
Greensboro nightscape
Photo courtesy Greensboro Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau

The 2015 National Opera Association Convention was held in Greensboro, North Carolina from January 8-11. The theme was Crossroads and Challenges: Compass Points for Creation.

NOA President David Holley is Director of Opera at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera, which provided us with one of the highlights of this exciting convention: a full production of La Fille du Régiment, featuring tenor René Barbera. Our sessions and competitions explored the regional strengths of NOA members and institutions.

View a slideshow of photographs from the 2015 Convention!

2015 Convention ProgramView the full 2015 Convention program.

2015 Convention Highlights

Thursday, January 8

Willie Anthony Waters Master Class

Opening Luncheon and Keynote Address: Warren Jones

Stephanie Blythe Master Class

Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition

Friday, January 9

NOA Legacy Honoree Session: Louis Toppin

Darren Keith Woods/Amy Johnson/Kimm Julian Panel

NOA Poster Sessions

Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Composition Competition finals

Greensboro Opera’s La Fille du Régiment (ticket included in your registration!)

Saturday, January 10

Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition

Warren Jones Master Class

16th Annual Legacy Gala Banquet and Awards:

    Samuel Ramey Lifetime Achievement Award
    Louise Toppin and Olive Moorefield Mach Legacy Award Winners

Warren Jones
Keynote speaker and masterclass: Warren Jones

The renowned collaborative pianist and vocal coach delivered the convention's keynote address at the opening luncheon, and presented a plenary masterclass session.

Samuel Ramey
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Samuel Ramey

The distinguished bass-baritone received this award at the Saturday evening banquet.  Mr. Ramey also adjudicated the finals of the NOA Vocal Competition.

Stephanie Blythe
"Face of NOA" and masterclass: Stephanie Blythe

The 2014 "Face of NOA" and last year's Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Blythe, returned to NOA's convention in 2015 to present a masterclass.  Ms. Blythe also adjudicated the finals of the NOA Vocal Competition.

Willie Anthony Waters
Plenary session masterclass: Willie Anthony Waters

The international conductor and NOA 2014 "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award Winner returned to the convention this year to present a session on aria preparation for singers and collaborative pianists from a conductor's perspective.

René BarberaGreensboro Opera featuring René Barbera

NOA attendees were also treated to a performance by Greensboro Opera of La fille du Régiment, featuring René Barbera.

Listen to the aria with which he won Placido Domingo’s Operalia in 2011:

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