A special New York City symposium in conjunction with
Opera Conference 2013: Opera Out of Bounds in Vancouver

Wednesday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street)

$95 for OPERA America members / $150 for non-members

Douglas McLennan, Keynote Address
Opera Conference 2012
Opera Out of Bounds NYC is a symposium taking place at OPERA America's National Opera Center in conjunction with Opera Conference 2013 in Vancouver. The opera community in New York is a microcosm of opera across North America. New and smaller opera companies are expanding the definition of opera beyond the traditions of the art form and extending opera's accessibility of opera to diverse audiences. Opera Out of Bounds NYC explores the scope of the independent opera movement in New York with sessions examining the challenges and opportunities in the areas of fundraising, marketing, communications and collaboration.

In addition to panels and roundtables, the symposium will feature sessions from the annual conference in Vancouver streamed live to the Audition Recital Hall of the National Opera Center, including a portion of the New Works Forum that explores different approaches to the creation of new operas. The day will culminate with the Vancouver Keynote Address delivered by Don M. Randel, former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an interactive session about the power of crowd-sourced learning led by Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal.

Join us for a cross-continental, international event that uses the state-of-the-art technology in the new National Opera Center. Discuss important subjects, hear from leaders in the field and network with colleagues.

Live at the National Opera Center Streamed live from Vancouver

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opera Out of Bounds in NYC Welcome from Marc A. Scorca
Streamed live from Vancouver

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rolling Panel: Building Capacities
Live at the National Opera Center

Smaller opera companies demonstrate a level of innovation and spontaneity that enliven the entire field, but frequently lack the capacity to reach a broader audience, build a steady stream of contributed revenue and forge productive partnerships. An interactive rolling panel will address these issues with emphasis on ways smaller companies can improve the distribution of information, increase support and work together.

Part 1: Communications
Communications and public relations expert Pascal Nadon will offer suggestions for ways that smaller opera companies can strengthen their communication to members of the media and general public.

Part 2: Fundraising
Kathleen Hughes, assistant commissioner for cultural affairs for New York City, will discuss city support of opera companies and other arts organizations. Kerry McCarthy of the New York Community Trust will discuss the characteristics of successful grant applications and the companies that submit them. Wayne S. Brown, director of music and opera at the National Endowment for the Arts, will present on funding smaller companies through the lens of an arts agency.

Part 3: Partnerships
Emma E. Dunch, president of Dunch Arts, LLC, will discuss the dynamics of partnership, with emphasis on the benefits that can be realized by organizations that work together on projects or in longer-term collaboration.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
The intersection of Seventh Avenue and 29th Street has become a hub of dining options. Participants are invited to bring lunch back to the Opera Center in order to meet casually with friends and colleagues. A list of local eateries will be provided.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. New Works Forum Panel Discussion |
Alter, Craft and Create: Adaptations vs. Original Works

Streamed live from Vancouver

The plot lines for new operas belong to two distinct camps: adaptations of existing source material and creations of original stories. Whether adapting a well-known literary work, the latest blockbuster film or developing a new work from scratch, every new opera travels a unique road of development. Learn the tools and processes essential for creating, workshopping and evaluating various types of new works.

Panelists for this session are:

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
Refreshments will be provided.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roundtables
Live at the National Opera Center

Join colleagues for open and frank dialogue that addresses challenges and opportunities specific to opera in New York City. Please choose from the following topics:

Hyphenated Opera
Opera is the ultimate multidisciplinary art form. The development of contemporary opera increasingly incorporates a range of mediums and stretches the boundaries of the genre. From puppet and film operas, to cabaret and symphonic concert operas, explore how New York City is the ideal place for a convergence of art forms.

Collaborative Capacities
Collaboration among arts organizations in New York City achieves economic efficiencies and increases artistic impact. Organizations are coordinating calendars, sharing administrative functions, and making more effective use of space. Come discuss the benefits and challenges of sharing resources in creating opera.

The NYC Backdrop
How does New York City influence the creation and production of opera? Companies are embracing the unique spirit of the city in myriad ways from creating site-specific work in alternative venues to producing in all five boroughs. Join a discussion on how the metropolis feeds both the aesthetic energy of opera creation and the audience experience of the art form.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Opera Out of Bounds in NYC Keynote Presentation
Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music

Live at the National Opera Center

Organizations with smaller budgets and light infrastructures are essential to the field bringing new energy and inventive productions. These nimble companies advance the art form through the presentation of new and unusual works, identification and development of rising talent, and development of audiences in new venues.

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking Break
Refreshments will be provided.

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Opening Session & Keynote Address
Streamed live from Vancouver

Don M. Randel will give the keynote address that will launch Opera Conference 2013 in Vancouver with a powerful articulation of the value of the arts. Randel is the former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a musicologist and scholar, former president of the University of Chicago, and one of our field's most eloquent spokespersons.

6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Break
Refreshments will be provided.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. General Session: Harnessing the Power of Learning
Streamed live from Vancouver

Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal and dynamic Opera Conference 2012 keynote speaker, returns to lead a participatory session that will demonstrate the power of crowd-sourced learning to inform and engage audiences at all levels of experience. His presentation will introduce the latest in open-source technology and distance learning.

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Closing Comments and Informal Reception
Live at the National Opera Center

Wayne S. Brown is the director of music and opera for the National Endowment for the Arts. He serves as the NEA's policy advisor for music and opera, and provides oversight on grants to music and opera projects. Additionally, he manages the NEA Jazz Masters National Initiative and the choral music component of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. From 2008 to 2012, Brown managed the NEA Opera Honors, the Agency's national initiative in recognition of America's opera legends — developed in partnership with OPERA America. During this five-year program, 17 individuals were recipients of the nation's highest award in opera.

Dunch Arts, LLC, is a New York-based leader in management consulting for arts and cultural organizations. Emma E. Dunch, president, has worked across the U.S. with organizations including the Apollo Theater, A.R.T./New York, Aspen Music Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance/NYC, The Glimmerglass Festival, Harlem School of the Arts, HB Studio, Jacob's Pillow Dance, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joyce Theater, League of American Orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra and WNYC: New York Public Radio, among others. Dunch holds a B.A. in journalism and a bachelor's of music performance in opera, and is a graduate of the League of American Orchestras Orchestral Management Fellowship Program. She was trained as an interim executive director by New York's Support Center for Non-Profit Management, and has undertaken advanced studies at New York University's Heymann Center for Philanthropy and at the American Management Association. Her client projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Crain's New York Business. She founded Dunch Arts in 2008.

Kathleen Hughes has served as assistant commissioner for cultural affairs for New York City since 1985, serving under Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg. She joined the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in 1982, following nine years as manager of the National Consumer and Energy Law Center and a highly successful career as an unemployed actress. Her commitment to public service currently involves overseeing DCA’s program services division, which this year is providing approximately $32 million in city funds to 900 nonprofit cultural organizations, including many of New York City's finest performing, literary and visual arts organizations, as well as historical societies, service organizations such as OPERA America, environmental centers and organizations working in new media. During this administration, she has overseen a dramatic reform of the agency’s Cultural Development Fund, creating a more competitive, equitable and transparent funding process that has served as a model for other government agencies, and brought both the application and reporting processes online. A frequent guest speaker, she will talk to anyone who will listen about the arts, arts administration and funding, and is the proud mother of a second generation arts administrator.

Labeled a "firebrand" by The New York Times, Richard Kessler is the dean of and professor of music at Mannes College The New School of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the 100-year-old music conservatory, including leading the radical rethinking of what it means to train musical citizens in the 21st century. Prior to joining Mannes, Kessler's career ran the gamut from chief executive of The Center for Arts Education and The American Music Center, arts and arts education consultant, Naumburg Award-winning professional musician, to teaching artist and stagehand. A thought leader in K-12 arts and education policy, Kessler holds two degrees from The Juilliard School and was faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music. Kessler is the board treasurer of Common Core, the D.C.-based organization dedicated to a liberal arts education for all K-12 children nationwide, co-chair of the New York City Arts Coalition, a trustee of the American Composers Orchestra and The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), and a member of the steering committee for the Grantmakers in the Arts' Arts Education Funders Coalition. Recipient of numerous awards, Kessler received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 1999 for creating NewMusicBox.org. In 2005, Richard Kessler was awarded the American Music Center's Letter of Distinction for his "significant contribution to the field of American music." In 2010, both the Music Educators Association of New York and The New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT honored Kessler for his leadership in the field of arts education.

Before joining The Trust in 2009, Kerry McCarthy ran a consulting company serving New York City nonprofit arts organizations. She has more than 20 years of experience in museum and performing arts administration with organizations as varied as the Queens Museum of Art and Jim Henson Productions. She has curated exhibitions for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts. McCarthy holds an M.A. in folk art studies from New York University and B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is a graduate of Coro's Leadership New York Program, and former co-chair of the City's Dance Funders Group. She is co-chair of New York Grantmakers in the Arts and a board member of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Pascal Nadon works with performing arts clients such as Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre, Montreal Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Original Music Workshop, and joins forces with Polskin Arts and Communications Counselors, the leading firm in cultural public relations. He was director of media relations and strategic partnerships for New York City Opera, for which he oversaw the public relations for the renovation and reopening of the New York State Theater. Nadon was previously marketing director for Universal Classics (Deutsche Grammophon and Decca) in New York City, and label manager for Analekta records, Canada's foremost classical label.

Vancouver Speakers

Ned Canty, general director, Opera Memphis
Lawrence Edelson, producing artistic director, American Lyric Theater
Douglas McLennan, founder and editor, ArtsJournal
Michael Mori, associate artistic director, Tapestry Opera
Don M. Randel, former president, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Gene Scheer, composer, librettist and songwriter
Marc A. Scorca, president/ceo, OPERA America
Kevin Smith, consultant
Kim Whitener, producing director, HERE

Contact Sam Snook at SSnook@operaamerica.org for the member discount code.