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The Emily Hammood Opera for Youth Bibliography

Opera for Youth was established as a nonprofit service organization for the field of opera/music theater. It was dedicated to encouraging the creation of operas that could be performed by children and adults in schools, community organizations, theaters and opera companies. It also sought to support composers and librettists, and it promoted the study and publication of writings about opera/music theater for young performers and young audiences. According the original charter, the objectives of Opera for Youth are:

to encourage the production of new and lesser known children’s operas
to encourage the creation of children’s operas with children and/or adults in the casts
to discover increased means of providing opportunities for recreational and pre-professional training in children’s opera production and to promote participation in professional opera productions by young people
to encourage the development of materials and techniques applicable to children’s operas in the aesthetic education of young people

Since its inception in 1977, Opera for Youth has operated independently and has partnered with such organizations as the Children’s Theatre Association, the National Opera Association and now with OPERA America.

The constant and driving force behind the organization was one of its founders, Emily Hammood. For her insight, determination and devotion to opera for young people, I am pleased to dedicate this bibliography in her name.

When Emily passed in 2004, she requested that donations be made to Opera for Youth. Carlene Mills, Emily’s assistant and secretary of Opera for Youth, lost her son at the same time as Emily’s passing. Carlene also requested that donations in her son’s name, Stephen Carl Pennington, be made to Opera for Youth. These donations have been significant in making this bibliography possible. I am grateful to those who contributed, and I am grateful to OPERA America for preserving the wonderful resource of opera for children.

Cal Brackin
Historian and Executive President, Opera for Youth
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OPERA America accepts submissions to be listed in the Opera for Youth Directory. You must be logged in and an OPERA America member to submit a work.

Submission Guidelines:
1. A work to be performed for or by young people, with a theme or issue appropriate for that audience.
2. Certain materials must be available in order to prove that the work is performance-ready: A completed score using standard notation software (Finale, Cakewalk, etc.) or legible handwriting, libretto/lyrics and a synopsis.
3. A significant portion of the work should be newly composed. Arrangements of old music combined with new lyrics will not be accepted.
4. The work will be or will have been produced. Proof of performance (a program, production poster, etc.) is required. Proof can be submitted electronically to or mailed to the address below:

Opera for Youth
OPERA America
330 Seventh Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
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From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

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