OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2011 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its fourth year, this award honors trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.
The 2011 National Opera Trustee Recognition honorees are Lynn Wyatt of Houston Grand Opera, Eleanor Caulkins of Opera Colorado, Jackie Lockwood of Dayton Opera and John I. Riddle of PORTopera (Portland, ME).
OPERA America is committed to recognizing strong trustee leaders, acknowledging the pivotal role they play in the success of opera companies and the vitality of the communities they serve. By celebrating the dedication of board members at the national level, the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program seeks to inspire as well as celebrate exemplary service to opera companies and to strengthen the relationships between opera companies and their trustees across the U.S.
"We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America in celebrating the significant, enduring contributions of these devoted trustees in a national forum," stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. "The National Opera Trustee Recognition Award affords the entire opera community with an opportunity to recognize and learn from those who have been so generous in their passion for the art form, vision and support of their opera companies."
Each year, OPERA America member companies are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. Honorees from each of the four OPERA America budget levels are chosen by an adjudication committee through a competitive selection process.
The honorees represent a significant range of accomplishments, generosity and a deep commitment to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of the dedication of these trustees.
OPERA America's commitment to recognizing excellence in governance is shared by its sister organization Opera.ca, the Canadian national association for opera. Opera.ca honors Monica Sloan, past-chair of the Calgary Opera Association Board of Directors as the 2011 recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Program.