staff listings
Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and related audience development activities. In 2005, Scorca spearheaded OPERA America’s relocation from Washington, D.C. to New York City and the subsequent construction of the National Opera Center, which opened in 2012. The Opera Center’s recital hall was dedicated as Marc A. Scorca Hall in 2015 in honor of Scorca’s 25th anniversary with the organization.

Scorca has led strategic planning retreats for opera companies and other cultural institutions internationally, and has participated on panels for federal, state and local funding agencies, as well as for numerous private organizations. He also played an instrumental role in the founding of and Opera Europa, OPERA America’s sister organizations. A strong advocate of collaboration, Scorca has led several cross-disciplinary projects, including the Performing Arts Research Coalition and the National Performing Arts Convention (2004 and 2008). He has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO and currently serves as an officer of the Performing Arts Alliance, as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music and on the Music Advisory Board of Hunter College (CUNY). Due in large part to Scorca’s contributions to the organization, OPERA America was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Scorca attended Amherst College, where he graduated with high honors in both history and music.
President's Office
Kurt Howard, Director of Programs and Services (e-mail | 212.796.8624)
Kevin M. Sobczyk, CIO (e-mail)
Meghan Taylor, Executive Assistant, Office of the President (e-mail | 212.796.8623)
Michael Mandic, Director of Finance and Operations (e-mail | 646.699.5295)
Susan Schultz, Controller (e-mail | 646.699.5259)
Luis Flores, Technical Support Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5245)
Alex Ganes, Research Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5243)
Claire Gohorel, Grantmaking Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5236)
Artistic Programs and Services
Laura Lee Everett, Director of Artistic Services (e-mail | 212.796.8625)
Gina Hays, Artistic Services Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5240)
Jamelah Rimawi, Events Coordinator (e-mail | 646.699.5239)
Development and Membership
Dan Cooperman, Director of Development and Membership (e-mail | 646.699.5266)
Vincent Covatto, Organizational Membership Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5237) — Advertising Contact
Kevin O'Hora, Institutional Giving Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5258)
Melissa Walters, Individual Giving and Membership Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5248)
Peiharn Chen, Development Coordinator (e-mail | 212.796.8627)
Education and Professional Development
Brenda Huggins, Learning and Leadership Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5275)
Government Affairs
Brandon Gryde, Director of Government Affairs and EDI Officer (e-mail | 646.699.5238)
Marketing and Communications
Patricia Kiernan Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications (e-mail | 212.796.8628)
Nicholas Durst, Digital Media Manager and Video Producer (e-mail | 646.699.5242)
Nicholas Wise, Communications and Publications Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5244)
Fred Cohn, Editor, Opera America Magazine (e-mail | 646.699.5294)
National Opera Center
Christian De Gré, Director, Opera Center (e-mail | 646.699.5203)
Noelle Deutsch, Opera Center Manager (e-mail) | 212.796.8629)
Matthew Wilson, Opera Center Facilities and Technical Manager (e-mail | 646.699.5224)
Brian Mextorf, Opera Center Booking Coordinator (e-mail | 646.699.5273)
Jude Thomas, Opera Center Technical Coordinator (e-mail)

Joshua Avant, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Lisa Barone, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Angela Candela, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Robert Colon, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Aiden K. Feltkamp, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Karen Lackey, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Matthew Miller, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Catherine Pjetraj, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Katia Shevel, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Catherine Swindle, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Amber Treadway, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
Jenna Zhu, Customer Service Associate (e-mail)
contact information
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue • 7th & 8th Floors
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212.796.8620
Fax: 212.796.8621

Hours of Operation
Administrative Offices:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The National Opera Center:
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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