Forums, Convenings and Listservs
As part of its effort to identify and respond to challenges in the field, OPERA America has established a number of artistic and administrative network Forums to advance understanding in critical areas of the industry. By convening for focused discussions throughout the year, these Forums allow professionals to more easily address shared issues and engage a network of support.

OPERA America also maintains a number of listservs to encourage communication throughout the field. Listserv subscriptions are benefits of various membership categories. To subscribe to a listserv, please e-mail the contacts listed below.

Not all networks have a forum meeting and listserv.
Arts Administration
Listserv: Artsadmin-L*
To subscribe, please e-mail Laura Lee Everett.
Arts Advocacy
Listserv: Operagov-L
Arts advocates may use this listserv to discuss arts policy and legislative issues affecting the field of opera. Subscribers also receive e-mail updates and Action Alerts from OPERA America.
To subscribe, please e-mail Brandon Gryde. Open to all.
Development
Listserv: Operadev-L*
Development staff benefit from electronic communication on a broad range of issues relating to fundraising and resource development.
To subscribe, please e-mail Dan Cooperman.
Education and Community Engagement
Forum Meeting
The inherently interdisciplinary nature of opera makes it a valuable tool for learning. This Forum aims to share lessons learned from across the field about programming opera education programs, arts integration, assessment and evaluation procedures, community engagement projects, and more. Please contact Leah D. Barto for more information.

Listserv: Operaed-L*
Education and community engagement professionals use this tool to ask questions about K-12, audience learning and community-based programming.
To subscribe, please e-mail Leah D. Barto.
Electronic Media
Forum Meeting
Technology’s constant changes provide the field with both challenges and opportunities. This Forum connects national experts and colleagues to help the field capitalize on the potential that this ever-changing front can offer. Please contact Patricia Kiernan Johnson for more information.

Listserv: Emfopera-L*
The Electronic Media Forum listserv is open to Professional Company Member staff to discuss rights and clearances, new media and other related issues.
To subscribe, please e-mail Patricia Kiernan Johnson.
Finance/HR/Administration
Forum Meeting
The Finance/HR/Administration Forum is comprised of practitioners in the field of opera administration who are dedicated to strengthening mutual understanding, improving practices in the field and encouraging the exchange of information among the networks of financial, human resources, information systems and general administration personnel. Please contact Kurt Howard for more information.

Listserv: Operafinhr-L*
Finance, administration, human resources, and information technology professionals gather on this listserv to share information on personnel manuals, server and software issues and budget practices.
To subscribe, please e-mail Kurt Howard.
General Directors
Listserv: Operagd-L*
General Directors of Level 1 and 2 companies may subscribe to this listserv to discuss a broad range of issues related to artistic, administrative and governance issues.
To subscribe, please e-mail Traci Schanke.

Listserv: Opera3-L*
This listserv provides Level 3 General Directors a forum to discuss issues relevant to companies with operating budgets of $1-3M.
To subscribe, please e-mail Traci Schanke.

Listserv: Opera4-L*
General Directors of Level 4 find this listserve helpful in addressing a wide array of issues relevant to companies with operating budgets of under $1M.
To subscribe, please e-mail Traci Schanke.
Marketing and PR
Forum Meeting
As media outlets and their consumption continue to evolve, so too must our methods for reaching the widest possible audience for opera. Dialogue between marketing and PR professionals across the field will help the industry navigate today’s diverse marketing landscape. Please contact Patricia Kiernan Johnson for more information.

Listserv: Operamktpr-L*
Members of the Marketing/Public Relations network use this forum to discuss issues from marketing policies and procedures to marketing trends and statistics.
To subscribe, please e-mail Patricia Kiernan Johnson.
National Trustee Forum
Forum Meeting
Like most nonprofit organizations, the health of an opera company relies heavily on the strengths of its board. This Forum enables OPERA America and trustees in leadership positions to learn from one another and develop a better understanding of the field’s most pressing governance issues. Please contact Marc Scorca for more information.
New Works Forum
Forum Meeting
The creation of new work is essential to the relevance and vitality of any art form. Opera is no exception. This Forum convenes composers, librettists, designers, producers and publishers to ask questions and share knowledge about methods for ensuring the successful creation and production of new operatic works. Please contact Noah Stern Weber for more information.

Listserv: Newopera-L**
Open to individual and organizational members of the New Works Forum, this listserve provides a forum to promote new works activities, look for creative partners, and inquire about best practices.
To subscribe, please e-mail Noah Stern Weber.
Singer Training
Forum Meeting
This Forum aims to facilitate dialogue between 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. Please contact Laura Lee Everett for more information.

Fall 2016 Meeting: September 30 – October 1, 2016, The National Opera Center, New York, NY
Advance registration required. No fee.
Highlights include Creators in Concert with Matthew Aucoin at the National Opera Center; and performances by American Opera Projects and On Site Opera.
A limited number of travel stipends will be available. Application opens in July.

Listserv: Singertraining-L*
This listserv provides a forum for teachers, artist managers, and artistic and singer training administrators from opera companies to discuss repertoire for young artists, appropriate curricula for academic and professional young singers, masterclass ideas and more.
To subscribe, please e-mail Laura Lee Everett.
Technical/Production
Forum Meeting
Twice a year, designers and technical/production professionals gather to share best practices and learn from one another about the demands of mounting new and existing productions, developing co-productions, and carrying out other tasks required by the art form. Please contact Noah Stern Weber for more information.

Listserv: Operaprod-L*
Open to technical/production professionals, this listserve provides a forum to discuss staff recruitment, sourcing materials and other relevant matters. Costume personnel and production staff use this forum to discuss company practices and procedures, staffing emergencies and other related matters.
To subscribe, please e-mail Laura Lee Everett.
Visa Applications
Listserv: Visasupport-L*
Opera professionals who are involved in the visa application process for international guest artists may use this listserv to find support materials and ask questions. Subscribers receive procedural updates.
To subscribe, please e-mail Laura Lee Everett.

* - Professional Company Member only
** - All Organizational Members
*** - Travel grants are made possible through generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Opera Conference
OPERA America's annual conference is the premier gathering of opera professionals in North America.

The opera conference attracts more than 500 attendees, including opera company general directors, staff members, trustees and volunteers, as well as artists and other industry professionals. Each year, OPERA America partners with a host opera company in a different city to offer nearly 100 events over five days. The conference offers inspiring general plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions, exciting performances and abundant networking opportunities.

Join us in Dallas, Texas, May 4-8, 2017.

View conference history and previous session materials here.

Leadership Intensive
The Leadership Intensive program identifies the most promising professionals in the field of opera administration and provides them with a unique experience designed to bolster their leadership capacity and advance their careers. Seminars and networking opportunities provide an active learning environment for addressing strategic issues, building necessary skills and fostering strong professional connections in order to lead the opera field. Following the program, participants are prepared to apply new skills, share their learning and demonstrate leadership that contributes to local companies and communities. Participants are selected based on their potential to make a significant contribution to the opera field, demonstrated leadership thus far in their careers and the clearly articulated learning goals they have set for their professional growth. Learn more >>

Upcoming Forum Meetings
JAN
2017
January 11-14, 2017
New Works Forum
FEB
2017
February 23-25, 2017
National Trustee Forum
SEP
2017
September 11-12, 2017
Education and Community Engagement Forum
SEP
2017
September 15-16, 2017
Singer Training Forum
OCT
2017
October 5-6, 2017
Development Forum
OCT
2017
October 5-6, 2017
Marketing/PR Forum
DEC
2017
December 7-9, 2017
Finance/HR/Administration Forum
Forum Travel Stipends
To ensure that all members have the opportunity to participate in these meetings, OPERA America is pleased to offer a limited number of travel subsidies to members attending the following Forum meetings: Development, Education, Finance/Administration, Marketing/PR, and Technical/Production.

Travel Stipends may be requested by OPERA Organizational Members in good standing. Individual members are not eligible for consideration. Some stipends are reserved for Professional Company Members only.

Deadline: Applications are addressed on a first-come, first-served basis in advance of each respective Forum meeting.
To apply: Stipend applications are available through Forum registration. For more information and to apply for funding, please click here.

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