Opera Education! SOT 2017 Program

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Raised by 12 people in 14 months
Bree Nichols
on behalf of Bonita Keene
 STAFFORD, VA
Update: Thanks to you, the 2017 Summer Opera Program was a great success! Support this year’s program at www.gofundme.com/StaffordOpera2018 

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Do you care about music education and local performance opportunities for local students? Help bring the 2017 Summer Opera Program to life! After the success of Stafford Opera Troupe 's inaugural program last year, we want to keep this opportunity tuition-free for students-- but we need your support.

This year's program will take place July 18-August 4, 2017 as we present Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. We cannot wait to take on our first full opera production, and we can't do it without the help of our community. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of local music students.


About Stafford Opera Troupe:

Stafford Opera Troupe was founded in 2016 by a team of dedicated volunteers. Our mission? To bring the beauty of opera to the students and community of Stafford and Fredericksburg, Virginia and surrounding areas.

Opera doesn't have to be pomp and circumstance. Opera is raw. Opera is real. Opera is for everyone. Let us show you!


The arts make us who we are; we want to share that with the students and community of Stafford, VA. It all started in Mrs. Bonita Keene's chorus classroom at Mountain View High School. The young singers' responses to learning about and hearing opera were so enthusiastic, it made us realize how little opportunity they have to experience opera and classical voice in their hometown-- and we felt that had to change! So we teamed up to craft an experience that would allow these young singers to delve into the world of opera, operetta, and musical theatre, developing their musical abilities and becoming well-rounded performers.

Stafford Opera Troupe launched its inaugural Summer Opera Program in 2016. This two- to three-week fun and educational training program is designed for students of high school age. Mentored by the program faculty alongside experienced Peer Mentors, participants develop their voice and acting skills, learn about performance practice and etiquette, and sing stunning music from opera, operetta, and musical theatre repertoire. The program culminates in a public performance of opera scenes or an opera production, in which every student has the opportunity to perform as a soloist in addition to ensemble and chorus work.

We believe students shouldn't have to pay thousands of dollars in order to grow their craft. That's why SOT is tuition-free.

We couldn't be more committed to our mission, but we need your help to carry our program into 2017.

Stafford Opera Troupe wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our supporters. In order for us to remain tuition-free, we depend upon the community to come alongside us and help cover the costs of accompanists, production expenses, promotional needs and more. Considering helping us by making a donation and spreading the word!


Want more information? Check out our website, Like us on Facebook, or shoot us an email at StaffordOperaTroupe @gmail.com .

(Painting used in Dido & Aeneas promotional artwork is by Android Jones, www.androidjones.com. Used with permission.)
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THANK YOU! Because of your generosity, the 2017 Summer Opera Program boasted seven educational workshops, three masterclasses, and a beautiful production of Dido & Aeneas. Eighteen students studied under faculty from across the U.S. and the globe.

We can't wait to return this year for the 2018 Summer Opera Program as we present Viardot's Cinderella alongside our largest class yet! SOT is growing, and it's thanks to you.

If you want to be a part of making this year's program possible and keeping us tuition-free, consider joining hands with us at https://www.gofundme.com/staffordopera2018
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We're less than a month away, SOT Family! With 25 incredible singers and Peer Mentors registered for the 2017 Summer Opera Program, we need your help more than ever to cross the finish line. A wonderful team of volunteer faculty from all over the country and the world will join us in humble Stafford County, Virginia (frankly surpassing our wildest expectations for this year!) Help us provide the best opportunity possible for our bright young students. Please consider supporting local arts and opera education by making a gift and/or sharing the news with your friends and loved ones.

We are also thrilled to announce the brand new Stafford Opera Troupe Shop! We've created a line of clothing designs and "rehearsal gear" especially for the opera lover. 100% of proceeds go toward the Summer Opera Program. Check it out at redbubble.com/people/breenichols
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YOU DID IT! Thanks to all your support both financially and through social media, Stafford Opera Troupe been awarded $1000 from GoFundMe in support of the 2017 Summer Opera Program! That brings us to 81% of our goal! We are absolutely thrilled to see what this year holds-- thank you for being a part of the adventure! www.staffordoperatroupe.com
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WE DID IT! We reached our $500 goal within the first THREE HOURS of our campaign last night and are now eligible for a $1000 donation from GoFundMe. I am so overwhelmed by the show of support and love. Not only have we reached our goal, our campaign is TRENDING thanks to all our supporters sharing our vision! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of the SOT family. We couldn't do this without you!
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Thanks to your generosity, we have been selected to receive a $1000 donation from GoFundMe! I ❤ my #SOTfamily!

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Help us raise $500 by May 18th, and we are eligible to receive a $1000 donation from GoFundMe! We need your help to keep the Summer Opera Program tuition-free!

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Thanks to your generosity, we have been selected to receive a $1000 donation from GoFundMe! I ❤ my #SOTfamily!

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