CELEBRATING OUR 35TH ANNIVERSARY
FROM THE GENERAL DIRECTOR
Part of Eugene Opera's mission to develop educational programs for the community-at-large, schools and young artists. We do so through two key areas: the Artist Mentor Program and the Eugene Opera Academy.
Eugene Opera’s Artist Mentor Program
The Eugene Opera Artist Mentor Program is a volunteer group of members of the Eugene Opera Chorus. Members donate their time to produce, promote, and organize opera productions and programs to promote Opera.
AMP members have activities throughout the year with numerous opportunities to perform operatic repertoire for school children, business functions, and retirement centers. During the Eugene Opera's season, workshops are organized with visiting conductors and soloists, which provide first-hand learning opportunities with professionals in the field. During National Opera Week in November a fully staged and costumed opera production is performed at the Very Little Theatre with repeat performances in communities through Oregon and beyond
Many of the AMP performers in this production have auditioned for Eugene Opera and have accepted offers to “cover study” roles for Eugene Opera main stage productions. This provides an opportunity for Eugene Opera Chorus members of any age to learn roles and to step in for soloists as needed during staging rehearsals.
The Music Director for the Artist Mentor Program is Dr. John Jantzi.
Eugene Opera Academy
The Eugene Opera Academy is open to high school studnets with an interest in any area of the performing arts. Whether your interest is performance, set design, costuming and makeup, lighting, music, marketing—you can think of the program as an "All Access Pass" to the process of production.
You will go backstage, meet with the technicians, the musicians, the chorus and the stars. You will have an opportunity to attend rehearsals and to develop a project following your personal interest. You will have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship to the educational institution of your choice after completion of high school. All students will receive a Certificate of Participation for use at schools and in academic/employment applications. There is no charge for this program, only your personal involvement.
This year’s Academy will have many activities related to Eugene Opera’s current 35th anniversary season. Bizet's Carmen and John Adams' Nixon in China are operas torn from the pages of history, featuring social issues of migrant gipsy populations and the initiation of modern U.S.- China relations by President Nixon's visit to China in 1972. Your activities are scheduled around key preparations for these productions. They begin in November 2011 and end with a reception with the stars after the final performance of Nixon in China on Sunday March 18, 2012, and include full access to the month long collaboration between Eugene Opera and the University of Oregon “NIXON IN CHINA (1972-2012): 40 Years After the Shanghai Communiqué,” (www.nixoninchinaeugene.com).
There will be about 20 students in the Eugene Opera Academy program. Faculty include Eugene Opera's General Director Mark Beudert, Music Director Andrew Bisantz, Chorus Director John Jantzi, Costume Designer Jonna Hayden, marketing experts from Asbury Design, production manager Josh Neckels, the international stars in our casts, experts from the University of Oregon, members of Eugene Opera's Education Committee, Artists Mentor Program, and Chorus.
Join us. Learn a lot. Have fun—and a unique and valuable educational experience! To learn more, e-mail Bereniece Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.