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NOA supports scholarly and creative activities in the field of opera.

  • Biennial Dissertation Competition: The author of the winning dissertation is recognized at the annual conference of the National Opera Association and invited to publish an article digested from the dissertation in The Opera Journal.  Next deadline: October 15, 2022

  • Poster Session of the National Convention highlights original research related to opera performance, pedagogy, composition, and production.  Next deadline: October 15, 2022

  • Scholarly Papers Competition: The winner is invited to read her/his paper at the annual conference and is the recipient of The Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Stipend of $500. The winning paper is published in The Opera Journal.  Next deadline: October 15, 2022

NOA Publications

Guidelines for Submissions:

Please read items below as they are important to the success of your submission.

All submitted papers (poster, scholarly, and dissertation) are submitted for blind peer-review. For all submissions, please ensure the author's name, institutional affiliation, or other personal identifiers are redacted or omitted. 


Dissertations submitted between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2022 are admissible with the accompanying approval of supervisor.

Please submit your dissertation with the author's name, university information, cover page, and acknowledgements page redacted or omitted, this will be the copy that is passed along to the committee. Please check and redact any specific information identifying your university affiliation prior to submission.

Scholarly Papers:

Papers should focus on scholarship and chronicle research in an area related to opera study, performance, or creation. Writing should be academic in tone rather than conversational. 

A few general guidelines related to scholarly writing style

1.      Submissions generally do not include the use of the first person.

2.      Thesis statements should be concise and introduced in the first paragraph of the paper.

3.      All music examples must be accompanied by proper citations.

4.      All citations must use the format outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style. Details can be found at

Poster Papers:

Topics may be of scholarly or more practical focus. Some potential areas of focus include, research, repertoire, performance practice, composers, issues relating to program development, etc. This may be the place to highlight new research related to building a successful opera program or repertoire suitable for undergraduate opera study. It may also be the place to disseminate new areas of research presented in a more concise format.