Dear NOA Members:
As many of you know, our long-time, esteemed Executive Director Robert Hansen is stepping down from his position this year. There will be a celebration of his time as Executive Director at our Cleveland conference in January, with well-deserved toasts and a tribute to his years of service to our organization. The opportunity to raise a glass to Bob is just one more reason to join us in Cleveland for Opera Rocks! In the meantime, we have begun a national search for our next Executive Director and I wanted to share this job description and posting with you. Please distribute freely and let me know if you have any questions or ideas.
Best regards, Paul Houghtaling
Cleveland Conference 2020 Plenary Session: We are very excited to announce that renowned America composer Libby Larsen will join us as a headliner. Ms. Larsen will present a plenary session entitled "Libby Larsen and the Dominick Argento Connection" which will include a discussion, video recordings, and live performances of scenes and arias from Argento and Larsen works.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in Salt Lake City! The competition finals were held January 5, 2019.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in New Orleans! The competition finals were held January 6, 2018.
Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, was awarded a "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award from NOA at its New Orleans convention. It was the first such award to be given posthumously by the organization, in honor of Ms. Anderson's distinguished career and role as a groundbreaking icon for generations of singers.
A wonderful keynote address by bass-baritone, Greer Grimsley, at the opening luncheon of the New Orleans convention!
After Life, by Tom Cipullo and David Mason, winner of the 2016-18 Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition, performed January 5th, 2018 7:30PM by the Loyola Opera Theater at Roussell Hall
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!
Laverne Monette, a leading soprano in the 60s and 70s and a native of New Orleans, was awarded the NOA "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award at the 2017 banquet in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Robert Larsen, Founder and Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera for 37, and Professor Emeritus at Simpson College, was awarded the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award. in absentia, for his significant and enduring legacy of his contribution to the world of opera.
Accepting the award on his behalf was Dr. Virginia Saya (pictured above, far right).
Henry Price, noted leading tenor and Professor of Music at Pepperdine University, was awarded the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2017 for his lifelong contributions to opera and singer training.
Dr. Price was introduced by a tribute by his Pepperdine colleague, Louis Lofquist.
Legendary soprano Ester Hinds was honored at the Indianapolis convention's Gala Awards Banquet as the NOA's 2016 "Life Every Voice" Legacy Award winner.