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

Children’s Traveling Opera is being offered for elementary school students in grades 3 through 6 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. Please CLICK HERE to view the latest details on this season’s show.

 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, 937/474-1567. Please click here for additional information.

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 $800; second place is $450 and third place is $300. Contact Dr. David Sievers, 937/542-9460. Click here for additional details.

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 $3,500 for first place; $2,000 for second place; $1,000 for third place and $400 for the Fran Michael Audience Favorite Award. All other finalists will receive $150 to $200. Contact Susan Daly at 937/581-0319 or Click here for more information.

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.  Invitations are being mailed to schools throughout the Dayton region and to Muse Machine.

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 made out to Opera Guild of Dayton and sent to: Dana Kane, 2701 Bellsburg Drive, Dayton, OH 45459-3533. Please note the specific intention of the donation in the “For” line on your check. Or you may click on the Donations menu item above to contribute online. If you have questions, you may also contact Dana at or call her at 937/433-0392.