OPERA BALL 2018 Singin’ in the Rain

GE Aviation Marion's Piazza Arthur Murray

The date has been set. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, 2018, starting at 6:30 p.m. Chair Kathie Thornburg is leading the planning for Singin’ in the Rain at the new downtown location of the Dayton Metro Main Library. The Bob Gray Orchestra will be returning with his unbeatable dance sounds. Elite Catering will be creating the culinary feast for the event. Join us to make beautiful memories.


Arthur Murray

Barbara Haller, owner of Arthur Murray Dance Center in Miamisburg, and Bob & Diane Johnson have committed to being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Opera Ball. The Guild is thrilled to partner with her studio and the Johnsons. They have been generous supporters for many years and the Guild is very grateful.

Marion's Piazza

Roger Glass, owner of Marion’s Piazza, stepped up to become the first sponsor for this exciting event. Thank you, Roger.

GE Aviation Opera Ball

For the second year, GE Aviation has become a major sponsor of Opera Ball. They have committed to support Singin’ in the Rain at the Gold Level. The Guild is truly grateful to GE Aviation.

Sebaly Shillito + Dyer law firm and SS+D Financial, Inc. investment advisors, along with Diana and Jon Sebaly, have joined to become a Gold Level sponsor. The Guild loves when such a great team comes together to provide this kind of support.

Other sponsors are Heidelberg Distributors, Lee Monnin, and Terry Welker. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We welcome others to join in to support the many educational programs of the Opera Guild of Dayton and our support of Dayton Opera. Click here to read more about the work that the Guild performs.

Click here for information at the Silver Level ($1,000)

Click here for information at the Gold Level ($2,500)

Click here for information at the Presenting Sponsor Level ($5,000)


Opera Ball 2017 UD River Campus Garden Bob and Cynthia Gray at Opera Ball

April 29 was truly a magical evening as the Opera Guild hosted its guests for a sparkling evening of fine dining and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. The new venue at the University of Dayton River Campus was spectacular with a pleasant evening outside on the terrace. The Bob Gray Orchestra played fast and romantic favorite dance tunes.  Vic Bonneau, president Electrical Power Integrated Systems business for GE Aviation, and his wife Karen led off the dancing as Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence tenor Brian Skoog sang about the Starry, Starry Night. Click here to see this memorable moment.

Another highlight was the high energy exhibition dance by six instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Miamisburg. Click here to take a look.

The Guild is so grateful to the sponsors who supported the Ball. Presenting sponsor was GE Aviation with Co-sponsor the University of Dayton. Gold Sponsor was Marions Piazza. Underwriting was provided by Heidelberg Distributing, Andi Rabiner, Mike Houser, Lee Monnin and David Criner & Diane Morgan of the Pillar Advisory Group of Raymond James.  Significant Donations have been given by Bob and Diane Johnson,  Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, as well as Bill and Jackie Lockwood. Thanks to all.

Additional photos are available by clicking here.


The whole evening supports the many educational programs of the Guild and the Dayton Opera itself. Thanks to everyone who help make the evening unforgettable.