To encourage and promote opera in the Greater Dayton area, the Guild sponsors a variety of adult and children’s education programs. Find a program you’d enjoy and plan to attend or be a volunteer.

Children’s Traveling Opera
An updated Children’s Traveling Opera taken from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance  is being offered for elementary school students in the Greater Miami Valley area. At the schools visited by the Guild production, students are selected to pantomime and act various roles with a professional singer. Volunteers from the Guild coach the young actors backstage as the plot progresses. The program concept is unique among opera education programs presented across the nation. A good study guide is offered by the Utah Shakespeare Festival at their site. Click here to view it.

 2014 CTO at CFHoliday 2014 Barber of Seville at CFHoliday 2014 Barber at Harry Russel School

Photos from the previous CTO production of The Barber of Seville

To arrange for your school to have this program, call Linda Rountree at 937/429-1503.

Opera Marionettes
This troupe of dedicated volunteers runs marionette shows with opera themes for the education and enjoyment of preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade students and teachers throughout the Miami Valley. To participate or invite the program to your school, contact Nora Stang, 937/832-3713.

Opera Guild Vocal Competitions

The High School Vocal Competition program was established in 1973 to award scholarships to outstanding young people in Montgomery and nearby counties. Applicants must be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade of high school. Accredited professionals and teachers in the music field select the winners. First prize is a monetary award of $600; second place is $450 and third place is $300. Contact Dr. David Sievers, 937/542-9460.

The Tri-state College Vocal Competition (established in 1989 for Ohio) expanded to three states in 2006. Any man (age 19-23) or woman (age 18-22) who attends college in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky, or is a resident of those states and attends college elsewhere, is eligible. Up to six finalists are selected by audiocassette entry, then they compete before a panel of nationally known judges. The monetary awards are $2,500 for first place; $1,500 for second place, and $400 for the Fran Michael Audience Favorite Award. All other finalists will receive $150. Contact Kathy Brown, 937/296-0543.

Students’ Night @ Dress Rehearsal

Students from across the Miami Valley have the opportunity for a rare treat – seeing a full-dress rehearsal of Dayton Opera. This event normally is scheduled in the fall. Stay tuned for 2016 information. Contact Chair Judy Hudson at 937/429-0455 for reservations or if you need additional information.

Remembrance Fund

The Remembrance Fund helps support the Guild’s Vocal Competition programs. Gifts made in observance of a birthday, anniversary, promotion or other event, as well as those remembering the lives of loved ones, help further the dreams and goals of many talented young people. Gifts should be sent to: Evelyn M. Lewis, 3104 Carrier Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429, 937/299-4825.