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    Save the Date!

    NOA's 70th National Conference, in partnership with NATS Winter Workshop, will be held at the Desoto Hotel in Savannah, GA.

    January 5-8, 2025

  • 2024 Vocal Competition

    See the winners of the 2024 Carolyn Bailey Argento Vocal Competition from January 6, 2024, in Tempe, AZ.

    Over $15,000 in cash prizes and awards!

  • Legacy Project Oral History

    Celebrate Black History Month by viewing the series of Oral History interviews by recipients of the Legacy Award

  • Sanctuary and Storm

    The winning production from the 2021-23 Chamber Opera Competition, by Tawnie Olson, composer, and Roberta Barker, librettist, was produced by Arizona State University on W Jan 3, 2024, at the National Conference in Phoenix/Tempe!

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2025 Savannah Conference

January 5-8, 2025 -- Save the Date!

2025 Savannah
70th National Conference

Raves from previous conferences

I found this year's NOA conference the most inspiring of any convention I have attended. Here I was amongst colleagues who are curious, open to new ideas, and genuinely committed to educating performers. I left feeling excited, motivated, and thrilled to explore new possibilities.
Ann Baltz, educator, director, and pianist

My only regret about attending this amazing conference was the fact I spent much of my time kicking myself in the head for not joining NOA 30 years ago. I missed so much, but; I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful group now. Never too late!!
Bob Breault, University of Utah

About NOA

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

Our Mission

The National Opera Association champions excellence and innovation in the performance, scholarship, and pedagogy of opera.

Our Vision

The NOA and its membership commit to serve and positively impact school, college, university, and conservatory opera programs, as well as faculty who train the next generation of artists, by:

  • Fostering innovation and access through the exchange of ideas and best practices among regional and national communities of colleagues.
  • Offering numerous opportunities for presentations at conferences and peer-reviewed publication.
  • Sponsoring competitions to recognize and celebrate those who are especially innovative and excellent.

Find out more about us and ways you can get involved!

Latest News from NOA

Apply for a 2024-25 JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship! JoElyn Wakefield-Wright
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The National Opera Association's JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship provides funding to aspiring opera stage directors as they begin their careers. This fellowship is open to music or theater graduate students, or early career post-academics, with an interest in opera stage direction. [ continue... ]
Conference Recordings Available EGAMI A/V
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Unable to attend this year's conference in Tempe, AZ? Did you miss a session? Do you need a recording of a performance? Do you want to hear the Keynote Address again? [ continue... ]
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View the September 14, 2023, webinar hosted by NOA and OPERA America. [ continue... ]