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Vol. 40, No. 1

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 

The Price was Right!

Henry Price

Dr. Virginia Saya (above), Loyola Merrymount College. accepting on behalf of Robert Larsen, and those who have worked with Dr. Larsen (below):

NOA Celebrates Lifetimes of Achievement!!


From the President

Reg Pittman

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

Dear NOA Colleagues,

We had near record attendance at the Santa Barbara NOA Convention!  First, a sincere thanks to Carleen Graham, Ben Brecher, Bob Hansen and all Board Members and committee members who made this convention a success.  Second, congrats to everyone who presented a session, prepared your students for competition, adjudicators, students involved in the chamber opera competition, vocal competition, opera scenes competition, and to our members for participating during the convention.  A special thank you to Keynote speaker Kostis Protopapas, Artistic Director of Opera Santa Barbara.

Ben Brecher will be our VP of Conventions for 2017 leading to the convention in New Orleans.  He’s stepping into this position as Carleen Graham takes over as the Director of The Houston Grand Opera company’s community collaboration and education initiative, HGOco.  Carleen will remain active with NOA serving on a committee..

Amanda Johnston is our new Editor of the Opera Journal.  Welcome Amanda to this important position with NOA.  Thank you to Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber for her outstanding accomplishments with the Opera 


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

This year's national convention was another great success and I was proud of our organization. Bravo to my friends and colleagues Carleen, Ben, Reg, and Bob on a job exceptionally well done.

I was so happy to hear glowing reports from attendees on the diversity of our offerings, the learning and sharing of ideas which so openly occurs at our conventions, and the high spirits and ever-present energy. And Bob Hansen reported that we had near-record attendance, which is terrific. So many things point to a very bright future for NOA ... our new website and branding, new members (several who came to Santa Barbara want to become more involved!), forward-looking pedagogy, and a solid embrace of the changes occurring in our field. I look forward to another year as President-Elect, to assisting Reg, the officers, and all Committee Chairs in any way I can. 

I encourage everyone to check out the Southeastern Regional Conference on September 16, 2017, and to keep NOA's mission burning brightly all year long. Thank you Santa Barbara. Onward to New Orleans!  Stay tuned for details.
Dear Friends,


From the Vice-President for Conventions

Benjamin Brecher

Associate Professor
University of California Santa Barbara


Greetings from Santa Barbara!  Thank you for sending us your rain karma. 
First, I want to thank Carleen Graham for her leadership and help with the Santa Barbara Convention.  I am honored to take over from her as Vice-President of Conventions for 2017-2018.  I have big shoes to fill.  And of course a special thank you to our Executive Director Bob Hansen, who pulls everything together.
It was great to see so many of you in here in January.  We had a very successful turnout with over 185 members attending.  Seeing so many new faces at NOA was especially wonderful, and of course, reuniting with friends from years past is always a personal highlight for me.  With so many members offering their passion and expertise, we had many wonderful sessions and three very successful competitions. Our achievement and legacy award winners inspired us with their words and with their decades of commitment to the art form we all love.  I hope that you were all reinvigorated and that the convention offered you new ideas and encouragement.
As we look forward to the 2018 Convention we move on to historic New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz as well as the home of the first U.S. opera performance, in 1796.  We are fortunate to have Mark Clark, Loraine Sims and Rachel Harris serving as local chairs and are currently working on making the 2018 convention an exciting and vibrant experience.
Laissez les bon temps roulez!


From the Vice-President for Regions

Samuel Mungo

Director of Opera Studies and Coordinator of the Voice Area
Texas State University

Hello my NOA Colleagues!

I am still glowing from the fabulous NOA Conference in Santa Barbara January 5-8!  If you missed it, it was a cathartic, growing, living weekend of wonderful sessions, connection to colleagues, and camaraderie!  Plan to join us in New Orleans in 2018!

Our Regions are growing and getting stronger, each month - such a welcome thing!  In Santa Barbara we had our first ever Regional Governors meeting, where we considered so many great news initiatives.  It was after the Regional Lunch, so you should contact your Governor to get more information.  Going forward,Governors will meet for breakfast before the Region Lunch, so the ideas we come up with can be discussed with the members.  But the lunch was so well attended, I could barely walk about and chat!  Ideas from NATS/NOA regional sessions to scene and faculty share sessions.  Watch for information from your Governor!

Some action items we identified at he Region Governor meeting are as follows:

1. Governors will facilitate the Region Facebook page. This is a great place for everyone to promote you show regionally - get those ticket sales!  There will also be a private group page, to share information between the members.  Don't buy that pram when you can borrow it from your NOA colleague!

2. A short video is being put together right now, with individual shout-outs from the convention, and 15 minutes of one of the sessions.  This will be sent out to University directors who are not yet involved in NOA.  If you know of people, let your Governor know!

3. We are looking into ways to encourage regional efforts, including SKYPE panels, summer auditions, and co-produced entire shows. How much fun would a shared production be?

As always, it is my distinct pleasure to serve as your VP of Regions, especially at this time of huge effort regionally.  If there is anything I can do to help move things along, contact me, and your Governor. We want to help you!


From the Finance Committee

Carol Ann Modesitt, treasurer

Chair, Finance Committee
Chair 2016 Annual Campaign

Music Department
Southern Utah University

From the Finance Committee:
If you were at our terrific 2017 National Convention in Santa Barbara, you know how informative it was.  Carleen Graham and Benjamin Brecher did a great job arranging everything.  It is the time of year when I, as Treasurer and Chair of the Annual Campaign, ask you to consider giving donations to NOA.  Our organization continues to support composers, singers, directors, pianists, teachers, and all the people that contribute to the world of opera.  We are beginning our 2017 Annual Campaign.  If you wish to make a donation to our organization, you can designate where you would like your donation to go.  We hope that you will be able to make a tax deductible donation to the 2017 Annual Campaign.

I have been fortunate to have many mentors in my career.  Unfortunately, many of those wonderful individuals who gave me so much have passed.  I have given donations in memory of those outstanding people who are responsible for what I do today.  Maybe you have some mentors that you would like to give a donation in memory of or in honor of.

We continue to offer various opportunities for our members.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of what NOA offers.  I have met great colleagues and friends through this organization.  I wish everyone the very best that 2017 has to offer and I hope to see you next year at our 2018 conference in New Orleans.

Carol Ann Modesitt, Treasurer and Chair of the 2017 Annual Campaign

More images from the 2017 Annual Convention

Did you see the Poster Session?  Look for the summary/review in April's Newsletter!

Lavergne Monette receives the Lift Every Voice Legacy Award

A common sight - shared joy with good friends and colleagues!!
See you in New Orleans, 2018!!

Coming in the next issue:

Session Proposal Form for 2018 New Orleans Convention
2017 Santa Barbara Convention Reviews/Summaries

...and more!
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