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  • 2019 TEXOMA Regional Conference

    The NOA TEXOMA Region will be hosting a conference, open to all NOA members, on Sep 20-21, 2019 at Southern Methodist University. Read more and make plans to attend!

  • 2020 National Conference

    Plan to join us next January 8-11, 2020 at the Cleveland Hilton for our next annual conference, "Opera Rocks!"

    Registration is NOW OPEN. Register before Sept 14 for an Early Bird discount!

  • 2020 Southeast Regional Conference

    The NOA Southeast Region will be hosting a conference, open to all NOA members, on Feb 15, 2020 at Columbus State University, GA. Interested in presenting a session, directing an opera scene, or nominating a student performer to perform in an opera scene at this regional conference? Proposals are due November 1, 2019.

  • Argento Chamber Opera

    Congratulations to Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire, whose work, The Ghosts of Gatsby was selected as the 2018-20 Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition winner!

  • 2020 Vocal Competition

    Apply now to the 2020 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2019, and the finals will be held on January 11, 2020, in Cleveland.

    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: Chelsea Basler, 2017 Artist Division winner

National Opera Association

2017 Save the Date

Save the date for the 2017 NOA Convention, which will be held in sunny Santa Barbara, CA, from January 5-8 at the stunning Fess Parker Hotel.

Stay tuned for more information about the convention's theme and for a call for session proposals!

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2020 National Conference Cleveland

Our next national conference, "Opera Rocks!" will be held January 8-11, 2020, in Cleveland.

Learn more... 

Conference Highlights

Among the many events at this year's national conference, David Bamberger will receive NOA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Libby Larsen will present a plenary session "Libby Larsen and the Dominick Argento Connection." The full conference schedule will be announced in the coming weeks!

Raves from Salt Lake City

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.

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.

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

Latest News from NOA

Aug 27, 2019 |
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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

May 21, 2019 |
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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.

May 20, 2019 |
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NOA is pleased to announce two recipients of this year's fellowship: Audrey Chait and Kaley Karis Smith.

Read about them and their work which these fellowships will help support!