Annual Garden Party

Opera Guild of Dayton was blessed with picture perfect weather for the return of its annual Garden Party on Sunday, July 10.  This summer favorite was hosted by Lois and Roger Sutherland at their new home in Centerville. Delicious offerings of sumptuous food by Christopher’s and refreshing drinks were served while everyone enjoyed the beautiful flowers and other garden items which have been groomed so beautifully by Lois’ expert hands.
Guild President Margarete Jennings announced a recipient of a special BRAVO! Award for outstanding service and devotion over a period of time–Sue Falter. Sue is truly a wealth of support and ideas for all the diverse activities of the Guild and an authority on its history and procedures. Congratulations, Sue!

Margarete Jennings and Sue Falter
Margarete Jennings (left) and Sue Falter

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

President Margarete Jennings held the Opera Guild of Dayton’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 1, at Dayton Country Club. The event began with a reception at 11 a.m. Brunch was served at 11:30 a.m. The Business Meeting followed at noon. Accomplishments for the 2021-2022 fiscal year were reviewed.
The highlight of the meeting was the announcement of the Opera Guild’s BRAVO! Award given annually to the member displaying outstanding service and devotion over a period of time. And the winner was Judy Hudson who engages in so many of the Guild’s activities including being chair of Students’ Night @ Dress Rehearsal, a Children’s Traveling Opera volunteer, supporter of the BRAVO! Fashion Show and Brunch, Membership Luncheon planner and much more. Judy, you deserve a standing ovation. BRAVO! to you.

Judy Hudson, Margarete Jennings

To read Margarete’s 2022 Annual Meeting report, you can click on the Members Only menu item above.


Annual Membership Luncheon
was held on March 17

The Guild was excited that they once again held this beloved annual event. The St. Patrick’s Day theme added to the ambiance at Kohler Hall in Kettering. New members were welcome and added so much to the social hour preceding the wonderful food and entertainment by the Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence. The Boutique was available for those wishing to shop for themself or for lovely gifts at sale prices. It was a truly wonderful day.

Carol Erwine, Linda Rountree, Pat Ferguson, Judy Hudson
Event Planners: Carol Erwine, Linda Rountree, Pat Ferguson, Judy Hudson

Amandalynne Perzyk, Henry Benson
Amandalynne Perzyk, soprano, and Henry Benson, tenor



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