Twenty for Twenty

Guild President Penny Wolff launched the Guild’s tribute  to Tom Bankston for his 20 outstanding years as Artistic Director of Dayton Opera–Twenty for Twenty. Congratulations Tom! Join us in meeting this challenge. Just click here to donate. And thank you.

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Penny Wolff and Tom Bankston with Twenty for Twenty Challenge

All in a Day’s Work…

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At its November Board of Directors’ meeting, Guild President Penny Wolff presented General and Artistic Director of Dayton Opera the first installment of the Guild’s Annual Pledge in the amount of $35,000.


“Opera”tunity to Support the Artists-in-Residence

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance has launched a Power2Give project through Culture Works to fundraise for the Opera’s Artists-in-Residence program.  The project can be viewed by clicking here  and then clicking on the campaign called The “Opera”tunity to Sing!

Dayton Opera’s Artist-In-Residence Program, a professional training program for young singers, “provides the highest quality young artists for Opera education programs in our schools. The encouragement and experience they receive prepares them for their careers as artists and stars of the future for our art form.” – Tom Bankston, Artistic Director, Dayton Opera.

Each season Dayton Opera engages four talented, young, professional singers to present the company’s in-school education programs and appear in main stage productions, where they hone their craft alongside seasoned artists. Selected from national auditions, the singers accepted for this program receive valuable coaching, mentoring and professional experience.

“My time with the Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence program was invaluable as a developing artist. It gave me the opportunity to perform a role in a professional production. The investment the company made during my time as an artist in residence will continue to grow for the rest of my career.” – Kenny Stavert, 2012-13 AIR, soloist Dayton Philharmonic Handel’s Messiah (2013), and Berlioz Lelio (2014), Dayton Opera The Magic Flute (2014), Papageno

Here’s your “Opera”tunity to keep a Datyon Opera Artist in Residence singing! The Artist-in-Residence program is only possible through the generous gifts from donors like you. This important program benefits area students and the artists who participate. Your gift of any amount will help provide this life-changing experience for an Artist-in-Residence during the 2015-16 season. Click here to donate now. Thank You!


The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will say thank you by:
• Sending a special note of thanks (all donations)
• Sending a picture of the 2015-16 Artists-in-Residence (donation of $25 or more)
• Listing you in our program book (donation of $100 or more)
• Inviting you to attend an Opera on the Road education program performed by Artists-in Residence, January-March, 2016 (donation of $200 or more)


Our Mission of Education Continues

The fall educational programs for the Guild are kicking off. One can look back at earlier years and the appreciation of the students that Children’s Traveling Opera have written. This makes it all so satisfying and worthwhile.

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Students’ Night @ Dress Rehearsal

Students’ Night @ Dress Rehearsal will be Madame Butterfly and will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center at 7 PM. Invitations were mailed on October 9th, 2015. The cost is $10 per person and the checks should be made payable to Opera Guild of Dayton. Reservations are due to Judy Hudson by November 6 at 531 Riverwood Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45430. With any questions please contact Judy at We hope to see you and all of your students at Madame Butterfly on Wednedday evening. Please arrive between 6-6:30 PM so that we can get the groups seated in time for the performance at 7 PM.


You voted and the winner of our 2015  BRAVO! Community Role Model Competition is Janice Allen. First runner-up is Joanie Haverstick, 2nd runner-up is Cecilia Brendel and 3rd runner-up is Neal Gittleman. Congratulations to all! And a huge thank you to them, the other candidates and all the voters.

The Gallery of Community Role Model Candidates

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Click on any picture above to see their biographies. Votes were just $5.00 each and proceeds go to support the Guild’s many educational programs and Dayton Opera. With their help, we raised over $4,000.

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Click on the above image for more details of the event and for photos.

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Click here to see more on the 2015 Garden Party.



Congratulations to all for a great Tri-State College Vocal Competition!

2015 Tri-State College Competion

Judge Karl Resnick. Judge Sylvia J. Plyler, Accompanist Jeff Powell,  Emily Simmons, Annie Chester, Shannon Barry, Annalise Dzwonczyk (Fran Michael Audience Favorite), Erica Intilangelo (second place), Joshua Blue (first place), Chair Tammy Schaff and Judge Tom Bankston


Co-chairs Penny Wolff and Susan Bridgman and their Opera Ball committee wish to thank everyone who provided support for this popular annual event. The night of April 11, 2015, was UNFORGETTABLE and reminiscent of the 1950’s. Click here to see more photos from the Opera Ball 2015.


Opera Volunteers International

Opera Guild of Dayton is a proud member of Opera Volunteers International.  The support and sharing with other opera organizations is important to the success of all of our programs. Their website provides valuable updates and information at