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Call for Session Proposals

St. Augustine, FL
World Golf Village Renaissance, St. Augustine, FL

Apply to present a session at NOA's 66th National Conference, January 6-9, 2021: St. Augustine: "Exploration and Discovery", which will be held at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

Whether dipping your toe or diving right in, NOA’s warm waters on Florida’s subtropical coast invite you to join us for 4 days of performances and presentations. Come to St. Augustine to explore, experience, and celebrate significant past and present practices, methods, and inquiries on music-drama.

Apply to Present

Session proposals are now being accepted on a wide variety of topics including opera education, practice, performance, production, history, outreach, and composition.

Please complete the Session Proposal Form by May 18, June 1, 2020 for your presentation to be considered. Presenters will be notified by mid-July whether their proposal has been accepted.

Please make sure to read the guidelines, below, carefully before submitting your proposal.  Submission of a proposal will indicate your acceptance and acknowledgement of them.

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The National Opera Association is a volunteer organization. Attendees and presenters are responsible for all meals, travel, housing, and related expenses. If a session proposal is accepted for presentation at the convention, the presenter and all participants must pay the registration fee for the convention, with the exception of certain invited guest presenters or clinicians, upon approval of the Board. 

Proposals will be considered on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, opera education, pedagogy, performance practice, production, history, outreach, composition, and other opera-related areas.

Submitters must be NOA members in good standing in order for the proposal to be considered.  (Check your membership status here.)  All proposals must include bios (150 word max) for each presenter or panelist for the session.

Requirements for set-ups must be included in the proposal form, including human resources (singers and pianists), logistical (tables, lectern, chairs) and technical (audio playback, video projection, microphones, etc.). Any changes to an approved set-up must be submitted to the Vice President of Conferences by October 31, 2020.

Plenary sessions will be 75 minutes. All other presentations will be 50 minutes. Q&A portions of any presentation need to be included within the allotted time. A moderator will be assigned to ensure that all sessions will end on time, in order to allow ten minutes to break down and set up the next session.

The presenter(s) agrees to allow an audio or video recording to be made of the session, which will be available for purchase by conference attendees for educational purposes. Portions may also be made available on the NOA website.

The presenter(s) agrees to allow photos to be taken during the session which will be used on the NOA website and possibly in other printed NOA publications.


Questions regarding the conference may be addressed to:
Jess Munoz, VP for Conferences, at , or to
Kirk Severtson, Executive Director, at or by calling 734.615.3784.