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Manhattan Opera Studio fundraiser

$400 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 2 months
Michael Payne  SPRINGFIELD, MO
Hello everyone!

My name is Michael Payne, and I have a wonderful "opera"tunity ahead of me! I am a masters student studying vocal performance at Missouri State University, planning to graduate in May of 2017. I have just been accepted into the prestigious Manhattan Opera Studio summer program. 

This program will provide a chance to perform a major role in an opera (Zarastro in Die Zauberflöte), weekly music and repertoire coachings by working professionals, and a spot to be showcased in an opera showcase at Carnegie Hall. Summer programs like these are also a building block to a successful singing career. 

Here is what your donations will go towards:

Tuition
Travel expenses
Housing accommodations 
Food

The tuition totals out to $2600 and is needed to be paid in full by April 10th. My first payment of $1000 is due February 25th. The second payment of $1000 due March 25th, and the final $600 due April 10th. I fully believe that with your help, I can achieve this goal. If 50 people gave $50, we'd be extremely close to meeting the tuition payments!

The remaining $1400 would go towards housing, food, transportation expenses (plane, subway, busses, etc). 

While growing up in a small town in Eastern Tennessee, I had a dream of becoming a singer. I've worked my entire life to get to this point, and now the fruits of my labor are beginning to blossom. Now I need your help in fulfilling those dreams. Please consider contributing to my future!

I also can accept donations in person (check, cash) and PayPal donations. Please contact me by email if you prefer that and we can set that up! My email is michael.payne028@gmail.com

Thank you again for your time and consideration!
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Update 4
Posted by Michael Payne
13 days ago
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Hello everyone!

The tuition for Manhattan Opera Studio is officially paid off! I have been trying to find the right words to explain how truly thankful I am, but words are failing me right now. I am utterly grateful for you all, none of this would have been possible without your generosity. We did it!!

While the tuition has been paid, there are some more expenses I need to pay. Most notably, the plane ticket. I am EXTREMELY lucky to be staying with some friends of my amazing sister, so my living expenses are going to be MUCH less expensive. I fully believe I can still raise enough to support my travel/food/housing costs.

Thank you all again, and I promise to keep making you all proud!
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Payne
18 days ago
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Hello everyone!

We're only $500 short of finishing the tuition payments! I am incredibly thankful for everyone's support so far. It is extremely humbling to receive so much support from my family and friends. We are extremely close to meeting the tuition payments, and I know we can make it!

And to those of you who have donated, I want to thank you again for your pledge. Words can't describe how much it means to have your support. Thank you so much!
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Payne
1 month ago
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Hello all!

Just wanted to give you another update. We're only $350 away from the second tuition payment of $1000! Then after that, we're only $600 away. You all have been so supportive of meeting these tuition goals and that wouldn't be possible without you.

I've got my opera scores ordered, the dates have been finalized, and it's beginning to get more real each day! It has been confirmed that I will be singing a solo at Carnegie Hall, along with a trio.

Please share the link, and donate if you can. Even small donations make a difference! Thank you all again!
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Update 1
Posted by Michael Payne
2 months ago
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Update!!

Thank you everyone for all the shares and the donations! I just wanted to share an update with you all. Thanks to the generous MSU College of Arts and Letters and Music Department, my first tuition payment was covered! That being said, the fundraiser money bar is a bit misleading. We're technically at 1,275 now. We're just a little over 1/4 of the way there!

The next step is getting to the March 25th payment of another $1000. I believe that with enough support here, we can achieve that goal!

My opera scores have come in and I am ready to begin learning and memorizing my parts in Die Zauberflöte and my cover role in Marriage of Figaro.

Thank you all for your continued support!
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$400 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 2 months
Created February 18, 2017
$100
Anonymous
22 days ago
JM
$25
Julia Morgan
1 month ago
AP
$250
Anna Peebles
2 months ago

Blessings on this venture and all those to come

$25
Gerrit Scheepers
2 months ago
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Congrats Michael - you deserve this opportunity.

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