Annual Convention

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

Register now for the 60th Annual Convention in Greensboro, NC

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

The 2015 National Opera Association Convention will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina from January 8-11. The theme will be Crossroads and Challenges: Compass Points for Creation. We hope you will make plans to join us in Greensboro, the Crossroads of the South.

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 will provide 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 will explore the regional strengths of NOA members and institutions.

View the full, exciting schedule of events! (subject to change)

Convention Registration

Convention registration is now open 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:

  • Early registration ends on Sep 30, 2014.
  • Regular registration starts on Oct 1, 2014 and ends on Nov 29, 2014.
  • Late registration starts on Nov 30, 2014.

Read about NOA's convention refund policy here.

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 will deliver the convention's keynote address at the opening luncheon, and will also present a plenary masterclass session.

Samuel Ramey
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Samuel Ramey

The distinguished bass-baritone will receive this award at the Saturday evening banquet.  Mr. Ramey will also adjudicate 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, will return to NOA's convention in 2015 to present a masterclass.  Ms. Blythe will also adjudicate 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 returns to the convention this year to present a session on aria preparation for singers and collaborative pianists from a conductor's perspectice.

René BarberaGreensboro Opera featuring René Barbera

NOA attendees will also be 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:


2014 NYC Convention

The 59th annual National Opera Association convention was held from January 9th through 12th, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel. The theme of the convention was:

Opera and Musical Theatre in the 21st Century: Tradition and Innovation Converge

The National Opera Association
The National Association of Teachers of Singing
Opera America

2014 Convention ProgramView the full 2014 Convention program.

NYC Convention Highlights

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