Help Liam Sing Opera This Summer!

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Raised by 71 people in 2 months
My name is Liam Shannon. I am 20 years old, and I study classical voice on a scholarship at Bennington College.

Music has always been my greatest passion. I started violin lessons at the age of six, and I played with the Springfield Youth Orchestra from late middle school through high school.  I added piano lessons at age 12, and subsequently went through a heavy metal band phase, where I played keyboards and sang.

And then I discovered opera at the age of 14! At that time I also learned that I loved theater and began acting in numerous productions.  Over time I realized that theater, singing and music could create opera. I now wanted to study voice, but it took me until I was just shy of 18 to tell my parents. Finances have been a great obstacle, but thanks to the care and kindness of my first voice teacher, Melinda Beasi, I was able to start pursuing my dream. Concurrently, I auditioned for and was accepted into the Springfield Symphony Chorus by chorus director Nikki Stoia who also appointed me the baritone section leader.

Recently I auditioned and was accepted at the Opera Lucca summer program in Lucca, Italy, recommended to me by my amazing classical voice professor, Tom Bogdan.  This program takes place June 11 through July 6, 2018.  It gives young singers the opportunities, or opera-tunities, to go to Tuscany for three weeks, and study opera in depth and simultaneously study Italian in a total immersion language program.

In order to attend the Opera Lucca Summer Program, I need your financial support. I am one of five highly artistic siblings, and my family is of modest means.  I have a work study job, and am saving up to help fund my trip. However, I need your help.

I need to raise $5,000 to help cover tuition, travel expenses, room and board by early June. 

Tuition: $2,800
Lodging: $600
Airfare: $1,200
Transportation: $300
Incidentals: $250

Total: $6,100

Please help me do what I love.

Thank you!


Photo credit:  Sebenele Sbobo Ndlangamandla
Accompanist: Cheryl Noble
Videographer: John Shannon
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Dear Family and Friends,

Today I fly off to Italy to begin my opera voice studies in Lucca. I am so excited and so grateful for your support. I am going because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
PS: I will post pictures of my stay as I take them.
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Dear All,

Thank you for your amazing support which includes donating to my campaign and sharing it far and wide. I have now raised $4,366 or 85% of my goal, and have purchased my flight and paid for over half Opera Lucca's program tuition.

I now have $700 left to raise. This amount is instrumental in helping me to finish paying for my tuition, lodging, food and incidentals.

Please help me reach my end goal by continuing to donate to and/or share my campaign. No amount is too small.

Thanks for all your support, I am very grateful!!!!!!!!


Hai Gia Vinta La Causa from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart
Bennington College Music Workshop
Photo Credit: John Shannon
Hai Gia Vinto La Causa, Nozze di Figaro
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Hello Everyone,
Thanks to all those who generously donated, plan to donate, and/or shared my campaign. I have raised $4,144 - 83% of my goal in 3 1/2 weeks!!!
Please help me reach my end goal by continuing to donate to and/or share my campaign. No amount is too small.
Thanks for all your support, I am very grateful!!!!!!!!

Daybreak in Alabama - Lyrics by Langston Hughes/Music by Donald Ashwander
Photo: Sebenele Sbobo Ndlangamandla
Daybreak in Alabama
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To all those who have donated to my campaign a resounding thank you. To those who intend to support me a deep felt thank you. To all those who have been sharing my campaign thank you so much. Thanks to all your generosity and kindness of spirit I have raised $2,235 in the past 12 days.
Please continue sharing/donating to my campaign, and make my dream of studying opera in Italy this summer a reality.
With gratitude,

Cantemus Domino - performed with Katharine Ruegger
Cantemus Domino
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