Director of Opera and Professor of Music
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Artistic Director, Greensboro Opera
Behind the scenes, your Board, officers and committees are working continuously to make NOA the best it can be!
The Strategic Plan Committee, spearheaded by our fearless leader Carol Notestine, had had several video conference calls and made some wonderful progress to chart a course for the future of NOA. These video conferences have reminded me of what, to me, is the important part of our organization: my relationship with friends and colleagues. Technology, thanks to Kirk Severtson, has made it possible for those of us from coast to coast (North Carolina to California) and north to south (New York to Mississippi) all see each other simultaneously, and to renew our love and appreciation for what each of us brings to our organization. We are a unique and special group of people with so much to offer each other.
Seeing each other on our computers has only sparked GREAT excitement to gather again in three short month in Indianapolis. Please join us there in January as we celebrate our great diversity of gifts, talents, personalities, hopes and dreams. You won’t be sorry!!
From the President Elect
Professor of Music Chair, Voice Division
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
Dear NOA Colleagues,
I hope you enjoyed the summer months and now looking forward to cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors of autumn. Are you making your plans to attend the national convention in Indianapolis? The sessions, competitions and our with NATS are promising to make this another outstanding convention. If you have not seen the exciting program, take a look here:. http://www.noa.org/convention.html
This past August, I had the opportunity to attend the opera productions at Santa Fe Opera.
The season consisted of The Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, Salome, La FintaGiardiniera, and the world premiere of Cold Mountain.
Cold Mountain is co-commissioned and co-produced with Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera, in collaboration with North Carolina Opera. Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon composed the opera, and librettist Gene Schreer provided the text, based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award-winning novel of the same name. The cast was lead by Jay Hunter Morris (Teague), Nathan Gunn (W.P. Inman), Isabel Leonard (Ada Monroe), Robert Pomakov (Owens), and Anthony Michaels-Moore (Monroe).
Philadelphia Opera has several performances of Cold Mountain scheduled in early February, 2016. I hope you have the opportunity to see the opera. It is just one new work by an American composer, demonstrating that opera is alive and well and thriving in our world!
From the Vice-President for Conventions
Vice-President for Conventions
We are fast approaching our 2016 convention in Indianapolis at the beautiful Conrad Hotel from January 6-10. It looks to be a very exciting gathering in the vibrant heart of downtown Indianapolis.
This year, on Wednesday, January 6th, we will offer some new pre-convention events. Early arrivers can add in two events that day; a visit to the Great American Songbook Archives, and the pre-convention dinner, which will be held in the Conrad Hotel, in the beautiful glass-domed Artsgarden. The dinner will be followed by the first ever NOA/NATS "Open-Mic" session, so bring along a copy of your favorite Gershwin or other Great American Songbook selection and join in the fun. You'll need to register in advance for both events on the Payments and Purchases section of your member log-in on the NOA website.
A complete convention schedule is available now on the website, but here are some highlights:
The National Opera Association 61st Annual Convention and The National Association of Teachers of SingingWinter Workshop
"HERITAGE AND HOPE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY" HONORING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE "LIFT EVERY VOICE" LEGACY AWARDS Conrad Hotel, Indianapolis January 6-10, 2016
Dr. David Holley, President, NOA Ruth Dobson, Vice-President for Conventions, NOA Kathleen Arecchi, Vice-President for Workshops, NATS Dr. Robert Hansen, Executive Director, NOA
Local Host Committee: Dr. Lisa Dawson, Dr. Keith Brautigam, Dr. Isai Jess Muñoz, Dr. Tammie Huntington Indiana Wesleyan University
SPECIAL NOA & NATS PRE-CONVENTION EVENTS For Early Arrivers on Wednesday, January 6! THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FOUNDATION EXPERIENCE
The Great American Songbook Experience is a multifaceted exploration of the vibrant and timeless music from the Golden Age of American popular music. We’ll begin the experience with a visit to the acoustically perfect, Palladium Hall, where these classics are regularly performed through the Center’s Songbook Series. Once we’re done exploring the exhibit, we’ll get a sneak peek at the Great American Songbook Archives & Library, which houses artifacts such as sheet music, personal papers, recordings, and musical arrangements of the songwriters and performers who helped to create the music. We will also hear about efforts to promote the Great American Songbook through the Great American Songbook Competition.
Reservations for both NOA and NATS members must be made in advance: Cost $20 per person; NOA members please reserve on the NOA website on the registration link. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets early! THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FOUNDATION
(At the Center for the Performing Arts)
One Center Green
Carmel, IN 46032 www.TheSongbook.org
NOA & NATS PRE-CONVENTION DINNER: Welcome to Indianapolis!
A catered dinner in the beautiful glass-domed Artsgarden on the second floor of the Conrad Hotel, followed by an "Open-Mic" session for NOA and NATS members
David Duncan, Pianist
Reservation required on the NOA website or through NATS
CONVENTION EVENTS JANUARY 7-9 COLLABORATIVE PIANO SUMMIT IN THREE SESSIONS
Coordinated by Margo Garrett, Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music, and Vocal Arts Faculties, The Juilliard School SESSION 1: Why build one, and formulas for design and funding SESSION 2: Developing a curriculum for a collaborative piano program SESSION 3: The Down and Dirty Guide to Playing Orchestral Reductions and Teaching others to Play Them
Margo Garrett will share with us all her criteria for starting a program and for designing the specifics of any program.
OPENING CEREMONIES AND LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS—MARTINA ARROYO
American soprano Martina Arroyo has received numerous awards and accolades for her long-standing preeminence at the world's foremost opera houses and concert halls, including a 2013 Kennedy Center Honors and a 2010 Opera Honors Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. She continues to make an invaluable contribution to the art form through her teaching and her commitment to young artist development through the Martina Arroyo Foundation. She was a 2001 NOA "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award honoree.
HERITAGE AND HOPE FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: CAREER INSIGHTS AND ADVICE FROM THREE SUCCESSFUL GENERATIONS with
NOA Legacy Lift Every Voice honorees: George Shirley, Olive Moorefield Mach, Willie Anthony Waters and other distinguished panelists
A panel discussion featuring prominent African American artists from several generations.
Panel Moderators: Frederick Kennedy, Gail Robinson-Oturu
OPERA AMERICA SINGER TRAINING FORUM Jeffrey Larson, Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America Dr. Carleen Graham, Director, Crane Opera Ensemble SUNY Potsdam
This session will facilitate dialogue between collegiate-level opera directors, voice teachers, young artist program managers, administrators, artist managers and others to help share resources and improve methods for identifying talented singers and providing well-rounded training to best prepare them for careers in opera.
SINGING ON STAGE: AN ACTOR'S GUIDE Jane Streeton, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Ms. Streeton has made a specialty of working with actors with no background in singing--many of these singers have later gone on to sing the West End, on Broadway, and even in opera, and have been nominated for Tony and Olivier awards.
STYLISTIC PERFORMANCE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK David Duncan, Pianist, Organist, Conductor, Choral Arranger
With his experience working closely with the Indianapolis Cabaret Theatre at the Columbia Club, accompanying the Cabaret Conservatory Master Classes given by current Broadway artists, as well as serving as the pianist with The Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition with Michael Feinstein, and as a teacher of jazz piano and improvisation, David Duncan has much to share about performing the Songbook repertory with style and flair.
DOMINICK ARGENTO CHAMBER OPERA COMPOSITION WINNER THE CLEVER ARTIFICE OF HARRIET AND MARGARET
Leanna Kirchoff, Composer and Librettist
Dr. Keith Brautigam and Dr. Lisa Dawson, Co-Directors
Dr. Jason Thompson, Conductor
Produced by Indiana Wesleyan University
GALA CONCERT: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE THE LEGACY CONTINUES A Gala Concert Honoring the "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Awards Artists TBA
COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES OF VOICE TEACHER AND STAGE DIRECTOR
Dr. Soo Ah Park, University of Texas, Tyler Dr. Robert DeSimone, Director, Director of the Butler Opera Center, University of Texas, Austin
This session will feature a live performance of an opera scene directed by a voice teacher, then a critique of their performance from the perspective of a stage director. A panel discussion will follow that addresses common mistakes that voice teachers make with opera directing.
SACRED IN OPERA INITIATIVE HAGAR
by William David Cooper Joachim Schamberger, Stage Director, Depauw University Dr. Michelle Louer, Conductor, Music Director, The Second Presbyterian Church
Dr. Isai Jess Muñoz, Production Coordinator, Indiana Wesleyan University
A performance at the historic Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal of excerpts from a new Sacred Opera, Hagar, by recent winner of the Charles Ives Composition Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, William David Cooper, commissioned by Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.
MASTERCLASS: COACHING SINGER AND PIANIST TEAMS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OPERA ARIAS
Julia Faulkner, Director of Vocal studies for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago Margo Garrett, Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music, and Vocal Arts Faculties, The Juilliard School
These internationally renowned master teachers will work with singer-pianist pairs in a unique “tag-team” format. The goal is to help the singers and pianists make the adjustments that can lead to more compelling, artistic performances.
21st ANNUAL LEGACY GALA BANQUET AND AWARDS and Vocal Competition Winner's Concert
David Holley, Master of Ceremonies LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND LEGACY AWARDS GEORGE SHIRLEY, 2016 NOA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2003 NOA "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award Winner 2015 National Medal of Arts winner, recently awarded by President Obama
See you soon!
From the Finance Committee
Carol Ann Modesitt, treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
Chair 2015 Annual Campaign
Southern Utah University
2015 seems to be racing by at an incredible speed. I hope the summer was both restful and productive for each of you. There is still time to make your tax deductible contributions for the year 2015 to the National Opera Association.
I feel a bit like your friendly PBS station asking for donations and reminding you of the benefits of our organization. Please remember that your dues cannot begin to fund all of the great programs and competitions that NOA sponsors. It is the hope of the officers and board that our members will step up to help support the organization as it tries to fund the needs of the directors, teachers, students, and singers who count on our organization and its special programs.
So far this year, our 2015 Annual Campaign has raised over $4,000.00. Thank you for your contributions.
Carol Ann Modesitt Treasurer/Chair 2015 Annual Campaign
From the Vice-President for Regions
Associate Professor of Voice
Director of Opera Theatre Director
The Druid City Opera Workshop
University of Alabama School of Music
The deadline is approaching for the 2016 Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your students shine in Indianapolis. Check the NOA website for guidelines and easy application procedures for the opera and musical theatre scenes competitions. If you have questions about the competition or the application process, don’t hesitate to call or email Paul Houghtaling, COSC Chair, at 646-345-5584 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to another great night of celebrating our craft with opera scenes!
From the Editor
Setnor School of Music
This week, I had the honor of hosting Dr. Carleen Graham, director of the Crane Opera Ensemble at SUNY Potsdam, at my university as a guest lecturer and master class teacher. Every student Carleen interacted with this week at Syracuse University was thrilled about their work with her. Carleen is another one of our hard-working and talented NOA board members. She is also just one of the many NOA members whom I have come to know through our marvelous organization, many of whom have been remarkably generous colleagues to me as I have moved ahead on my career path as an educator and artist.
Soon you will have the opportunity to register for the January 2016 convention, Heritage and Hope: Celebrating Diversity in Performance and Pedagogy, which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to the outstanding sessions, competitions and performances offered by NOA and NATS, this convention will be an opportunity to network with and create connections that can, quite simply. affect your career and your life as an artist-teacher. And in a GREAT way!
By the way, Dr. Graham will be one of the presenters at the convention, sharing her insights on the Opera America Singer Training Forum session. Introduce yourself, and tell her I sent you!
Onward and upward,
On September 3rd, one of our own received one of the country's greatest honors: Tenor George Shirley received the National Medal of Arts, awarded to him by President Barack Obama at the White House. The National Endowment for the Arts noted that Mr. Shirley "paved the way for generations of aspiring African Americansingers." We at NOA are proud of this wonderful man, who has labored tirelessly to advance inclusion of singers of color in American opera. Mr. Shirley was the first black man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, and has guided countless students on their artistic journey. Bravo, George!
Kirke Mechem, American composer of song, symphony, choral works and opera, emerges as a compelling memoirist in his new book, Believe Your Ears: Life of a Lyric Composer, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Hailed by some of America's great musical figures, this book is described as "an engaging, personal and generous book," (Jake Heggie, composer), "Fascinating work... I couldn't put it down." (Kent Nagano, conductor) and "one of the most inspiring books I've ever read." (Bill Theisen, director of Opera, University of Iowa School of Music). Congratulations, Kirke!
Another NOA member, Richard C. Jaffeson, has created a book based on his research on the so-called "Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind. The Songbird and the Showman: When P.T. Barnum Introduced Jenny Lind to America is a fascinating account of the soprano's wildly popular concert tour of the United States in 1850-51, 93 concerts in all. She subsequently made her debut at the New York's Academy of Music Opera House, which eventually became New York's Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Jaffeson's book is a welcome addition to the history of opera in our country, and of this iconic figure in opera history. For more information, go to the author's website, http://washdc.pages.qpg.com/jennylin, or to the on-line bookstore, http://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624290633.
ADVERTISE! Promote your university programs, summer workshops, or other opera-related activities by placing an ad in the convention program. Your ad will be seen by students and professionals at the convention and find its way back to the many universities, colleges, and professional companies they represent. See the noa.org website for details.
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP! Promote your services or products through a corporate sponsorship. Reach out to the NOA and NATS memberships and receive special recognition throughout the convention. Several giving opportunities and levels of support are available. See the noa.org website for details or contact Julia Aubrey, Advertising Chair at email@example.com