• 2018 New Orleans!

    Registration is now open!

    Make plans to attend our 2018 convention in New Orleans January 4-7, 2018.

  • Argento Chamber Opera Winner

    After Life, by Tom Cipullo (composer, pictured) and David Mason (librettist), was selected as the 2016-18 Dominick Argento Chamber Opera winner and will be produced in full at the January 2018 Convention.

  • Vocal Competition

    The finals of the 2018 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, will be held on January 6, 2018, in New Orleans. Stay tuned for an announcement of the finalists!

    The competition consists of two divisions: Artist, for ages 25-40, and Scholarship for ages 18-24, and $8,500 in prizes will be awarded.

    Pictured: Jennifer Lindsay, 2016 Legacy Award winner


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2018 Convention New Orleans, LA

Opera's Tradition and Rebirth: New Orleans 1796-2018
Laissez les bons temps roulez!

Our next convention will be January 3-7, 2018 in the heart of the Big Easy, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

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Convention Schedule

Have a look at the draft Convention Schedule to see all of the events planned for this convention.


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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.

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About NOA

NOA members are the foundation builders for the future of opera.

The National Opera Association promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals.

Who is the diverse community? Opera directors, conductors, librettists, composers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, scholars, administrators, other professionals, and enthusiasts involved in the training and mentoring of young singers in college, university, and conservatory opera programs, as well as community-based and small professional opera companies and young artist programs.

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Latest News from NOA

Jan 2018 Convention Registration Open! New Orleans Skyline
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Our next convention will be January 3-7, 2018 in the heart of the Big Easy, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. The convention will be themed:

Opera's Tradition and Rebirth: New Orleans 1796-2018
Laissez les bons temps roulez!

Register now to reserve your place!

SIO Summer '17 Newsletter NOA's Sacred in Opera Initiative
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The Sacred In Opera initiative's Summer 2017 newsletter has been published. You can view the individual articles at the SIO blog here.

May 14, 2017 |
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The NOA Southeastern Region will be hosting a conference, open to all NOA members, on Sep 16, 2017 at Clayton State University (Morrow, GA).  Check out the conference schedule here and register now!

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