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2023 Committees of NOA

Many of the NOA's activities are overseen or organized by its various committees.  For more information about a committee, or to become involved, please contact the listed chair.  All committee members are expected to be members of NOA in good standing.

View the complete list of our committee membership here.

Board-Elected Committees

Nominating Committee
Constitutional committee charged with nominating candidates to offices and board of directors positions. Chaired in odd years by the past president.
Governance and Personnel Committee
Periodically reviews and assesses the Constitution and Bylaws, the organizational structure of the organization, and the efficacy of the offices. Acts as the search committee for any current and future staff positions.
NOA Endowments Board of Trustees
Charged with the oversight of NOA endowed funds, making recommendations for investments, and for developing the endowments.
Legacy Steering Committee and IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Access)
Charged with the operation of the NOA Legacy Project, including selection of honorees and fundraising events.
Chairs: and

Competition Committees

Chamber Opera Composition Competition
Charged with the operation of the Chamber Opera Composition Competition, publicizing the competition, including evaluation of scores in the preliminary round, and suggesting improvements to the competition.
JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Opera Stage Director Fellowship
Charged with overseeing the JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship.
Chairs: and
Opera Production Competition
Charged with organizing and arranging for adjudication of the submissions to the Opera Production Competition and making recommendations for the improvement of the competition.
Chairs:  and
Robert Hansen Collegiate Opera Scenes
Charged with running the annual Opera Scenes Competition, including screening applicants, selecting finalists, and administering the final competition at the annual conference.
Vocal Competition
Charged with running the annual vocal competition, including assisting with selection of preliminary-round judges, selecting finalists, conducting the finals, announcing winners, and suggesting improvements to the competition.
Chairs: and 

Steering Committees

Board of Directors
Elected by the membership to determine policy and oversee the administration of the organization. Board members are assigned positions on all NOA committees.
Conference Committee
Charged with planning the annual conference, and proposing sites for future conferences.
VP for Conferences:
Lifetime Achievement / Looking Ahead Committee
Charged with identifying potential nominees for NOA's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Social Media Oversight
Paul Houghtaling, Facebook
Lauren Carlton (Instagram)
Dawn Neely (Regional Facebook Accounts)
Jen Stephenson (Twitter)
Pianists and Conductors Collaborative Committee
Charged with promoting annual conference sessions for pianists and conductors, and recruiting pianists and conductors to NOA.
Chairs: and 
Charged with issuing the call for papers, reading, and selecting the winner of the Scholarly Papers Competition; with issuing the competition announcement, reading and selecting the winner of the biennial Dissertation Competition, and with issuing the call for posters, reading abstracts and selecting presenters for the annual conference Poster Session.
Sacred in Opera
Charged with leading exploration of sacred themes in opera and providing conference activities for the project.
Student Programming Committee
Charged with developing conference programming and other events and opportunities for student involvement in NOA, including NOA Student Resources.
Young People's Opera
Charged with developing initiatives and promoting opera for children and opera by children.
Chair: and Vice-Chair: