Leadership Intensive
Generously supported by the American Express Foundation
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.

Application and Selection Rubric available online: July 18, 2018
Application deadline: September 7, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST
Notification: early October 2018
Program Dates in New York City: February 1 – 8, 2019
A maximum of 12 participants will be selected. Participants are eligible for up to $1500 to offset up to 50% of travel and housing expenses. Program provides breakfast and lunch each day.

Featured Program Faculty
Astrid Baumgardner, J.D., certified professional coach
Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate Roots
Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO, OPERA America

Alumni Services
Following the winter intensive, group coaching is available to the participants in the 2018/2019 cohort. All alumni participate in regular conference calls, including informational interviews with field leaders and discussions on field issues. Alumni of the program are invited to attend special Leadership Intensive Roundtables at OPERA America’s annual conference. Attendance at Opera Conference 2019 is encouraged, but not a required component of the program.

Those accepted into the program are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the Leadership Intensive’s active learning environment before, during and after the winter intensive. Each participant will serve as a resource and support system for others in the 2018/2019 Leadership Intensive cohort and contribute to OPERA America’s ongoing efforts to support future generations of leaders. The winter intensive week should be considered a retreat, and due to the demanding schedule, maintaining other work obligations may not be possible during that period. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek approval for leave, prior to applying.

Questions? Please direct questions about this grant program to Kurt Howard, director of programs and services, at KHoward@operaamerica.org.
The Leadership Intensive program was an invaluable resource in my career development. Years later, I am still making use of the knowledge and connections it provided.
— Annie Burridge, Class of 2012
General Director, Austin Opera
Program Alumni
Class of 2012
Dottie Allen
Daniel Anderson
Cristina Barbulescu
Annie Burridge
James Byrne
Nathan DePoint
Claire Friday
Scott Guzielek
Brian Hotchkin
Emmalee Iden
Lee Anne Myslewski
Ian Rye
Lena Vizy
Tom Wright

Class of 2013
Jamie Andrews
Jennifer Bradner
Garrett Collins
Peggy Kriha Dye
Carolyne Hall
James Hampton
Zackery Hayhurst
Bert Huffman
Audrey Jungers
Krystian Lada
Michael Mori
Christopher Powell
David Rubeo
Katherine Semcesen

Class of 2014
Ana Ablamonova
Todd Calvin
Brittany Duncan
Barbara Lynne Jamison
David Krohn
Ashley Magnus
Benjamin Makino
Joe Peacock
Gerald Philippe
Thomas Rhodes
Joanna Verano
Bradley Vernatter
Sean Waugh
Christopher Wybenga

Class of 2016
Morgan Beckford
Michael Blais
Vincent Connor
Hannah Griffiths
David Lomeli
Colleen Maybin
Chandra McKern
Patrick Mühlen-Schulte
Michelle Myers
Claire Padien-Havens
Ashley Parks
Jennifer Rivera
Sarah Squire
Lydia Zodda

Class of 2017
Alejandra Valarino Boyer
Jennifer Dubin
Julia Gallagher
Jason Hardy
Steven Humes
Caroline Koelker
Rhanda Luna
Alisa Magallón
Nicole Malcolm
Alejandra Marti
Courtney Rizzo
Michael Sakir
Robin Whiffen
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