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NOA Notes Newsletter
Vol. 40, No. 5
November 2017

In This Issue

From the President
From the President-Elect
From the Vice-President of Conventions
From the Vice President for Regions
From the Finance Committee
From the Nominating Committee: 2018 Board and Offiers Slate



REGULAR Registration: $425
(through Thursday, Nov. 30)

LATE Registration: $450
(after Thursday, Nov. 30)

From the President

Reg Pittman

Professor of Music Chair, Voice Division
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University

Dear NOA Colleagues, 

I hope you’re making plans to attend the national convention in New Orleans!!

The convention will begin with the Opening Ceremonies and Luncheon and guest Greer Grimsley as keynote speaker. (Mr. Grimsley’s bio was included in the October issue of NOTES).

The convention will also include the Caroline Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition Winner Performance (After Life by Tom Cipullo), Annual Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition, and our Legacy Gala Banquet plus many terrific sessions about the history of opera in New Orleans and other related opera topics.

Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter are only a few blocks from the hotel!
Visit the website for the convention schedule:


From the President-Elect

Paul Houghtaling

Associate Professor of Voice
Director of Opera Theatre Director
The Druid City Opera Workshop
University of Alabama School of Music

We’re approaching one of NOA’s most exciting times of the year, which is the final push toward our national convention.

Plans are well under way, judges are reviewing competition entries, the hum of power point presentations and scholarly work wafts across our senses, and flight and hotel reservations are making their way to the top of To-Do lists.

I look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans. Our annual exchange of ideas and commingling of passions for our art form is a very special time; our national convention is becoming increasingly well-known for its creativity and warm spirts and inviting atmosphere.

In addition, I’m proud of the Southeastern Region of NOA which produced a highly successful one-day regional conference on September 16. Congratulations again to Dawn Neely and her team; I hope this type of activity and mid-year engagement will inspire other regions to try something similar.  

Enjoy your upcoming productions, the end of your semesters, and your holiday season!

Best regards,

From the Vice-President for Conventions

Benjamin Brecher

Professor of Music, The University of California Santa Barbara

Dear Colleagues,
Time is running out! The 2018 NOA National Convention, Opera’s Tradition and Rebirth: New Orleans 1796-2018, will be upon us in no time!  It’s always a chance to reinvigorate ourselves, and to celebrate friendships and lifelong collegiate relationships.  Don’t wait until the last minute to register or make travel plans.  
There are limited flight options! (and some are expensive) Please don’t wait until the last minute.  Regular registration ends on Thursday, November 30th!!
Hopefully many of you will be able to join us for a very special welcome dinner at Emeril’s restaurant in NOLA on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  They’ll be serving Louisiana favorites, so make your travel arrangements accordingly so you can kick the convention off with great food, friends, and fun.
International operatic superstar Greer Grimsley will start it all off as our keynote speaker on Thursday, followed over the next few days by 23 diverse plenary and breakout sessions on topics ranging from historical operatic production to using cutting edge projected imagery.  Of course other highlights will include our three competitions, where top-notch judges are lined up to help guide young competitors. Then we will wrap up the conference with celebrations of the achievements of Virginia Zeani and John Moriarty, both giants in the field of opera.
The convention will take place at the Loews New Orleans Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of New Orleans.  Our local committee of Mark Clark, Loraine Sims, and Rachel Harris are working hard to make sure the 2018 Convention will be a very special one.
Laissez les bons temps roulez!

From the Vice-President for Regions

Samuel Mungo

Managing Director, Peabody Opera Theatre

The Southeastern Region held its first Regional Conference September 16th at Clayton State University in metro Atlanta.  Congratulations to hosts Dawn Neely, Kristin Kenning, Justin Moniz, Kurt Zeller and Paul Houghtaling on this on this exciting conference!

Thank you to Dawn Neely for providing some snapshots of the memories:

          Jerome Shannon                    Roll Tide!!   University of Alabama students, alumni and Paul Houghtaling
General Director, Pensacola Opera
           Keynote Speaker

I invite everyone to visit the National Opera Association Facebook page, and your regional one as well (search under NOA (region). Feel free to post what you wish - upcoming productions, regional news (job news in your area, for example).  It doesn't have to be much, but it is a great way to get the word out.  If you have a prop list, you can share it and we can all benefit from saving a few dollars on buying vs. sharing props!

In case you need anything from your Regional Governor, I have included the list below. You can find their email addresses (as well as those for all Officers and Board Members) by CLICKING HERE.  Bookmark it!!

Region States Governor
Cal Western AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT Carol Ann Modesitt
Central IA, IL, MO Mitra Sadeghpour
Eastern DE, NJ, NY, PA, WV, E. ON Gordon Ostrowski
Great Lakes IN, MI, OH, W. ON Melanie Helton
Mid-Atlantic MD, NC, SC, VA, DC Kenneth Wood
Mid-South KY, TN Jeffrey Williams
New England CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, QC, Maritimes Caroline Schiller
North Central MN, ND, SD, WI, MB, SK Copeland Woodruff
Northwestern AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, AB, BC Chris Pfund
Southeastern AL, FL, GA, PR, VI Dawn Neely
Southern AR, LA, MS Mark Clark
Texoma NM, OK, TX Barbara Hill-Moore
West Central CO, KS, NE, WY Alisa Belflower


From the Finance Committee

Carol Ann Modesitt, treasurer

Chair, Finance Committee
Chair 2016 Annual Campaign

Music Department
Southern Utah University

From the Finance Committee:

Thanksgiving Day reminded how thankful I am to be a part of this organization.  I am grateful for the individuals who are members of NOA.  I cherish you as friends and colleagues. I value your knowledge and expertise.  Your willingness to share and help when I have needed it is an inspiration.

In my last column, I noted that every member of the NOA Board has pledged to the 2017 Annual Campaign.  That is 100% of the Board.  Since 2018 is just around the corner, and because this is a time for thankfulness, I am asking you to think about giving a tax deductible end of the year contribution to NOA.  In order to support a wide range of programs that benefit our members AND students (who represent the future of opera at a critical time when the arts are losing ground), we could truly use your financial support.  No gift is too small, especially now.

I hope you all had a peaceful and loving Thanksgiving holiday.  I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in January.  Happy Holidays!

Carol Ann Modesitt
Treasurer and Chair of the 2017 Annual Campaign

Nominating Committee: 2018 Slate of Board of Directors and Officers 

The Nominating Committee and Executive Committee have unanimously approved the following slate of National Opera Association Board of Directors and Officers for 2018:

President: Paul Houghtaling
President-Elect: Benjamin Brecher
VP of Conventions: Lisa Dawson
VP of Regions: Dawn Neely

Board of Directors (3 seats):
Seat vacated by Mark Clark (rotating off board): Sam Mungo 
Seat vacated by Lisa Dawson moving to VP of Conventions: Gordon Ostrowski
Seat vacated by Dawn Neely moving to VP of Regions: Phillip Seward

This slate will be voted upon at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Respectfully submitted, 

David Holley, Chair
NOA Nominating Committee

From the NOA Strategic Plan Committee and Board:


NOA's NEW Vision Statement:


NOA members are the Foundation Builders for the future of opera.
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