Dear Opera Lovers,
I am pleased to introduce myself to you as the new president of the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona. Carol Garrard has done a fabulous job for the last few years, and I know that the 2015-2016 season will be filled with more fantastic OGSA events to support the students of opera and promote appreciation of opera in Arizona.
I want to thank all who have renewed your memberships, increased your levels of membership, and donated to the Guild. One hundred percent of the donations we receive go to the students. The other sources of funds that have made OGSA successful for more than 58 years are donations in the names of loved ones who have passed away, donations to OGSA given at the opera previews, Quest for the Best ticket sales, and funds raised at special events.
The free opera previews, Say Hello to Opera at the Oro Valley Library and Brown Bag at the Grace St. Paul Church, will continue. This season, the Arizona Opera Company presents new operas – Arizona Lady and Florencia en el Amazonas – alongside the familiar. Our singers and accompanists for the OGSA previews have been working very hard to prepare the new music.
Quest for the Best, on February 27, 2016, will showcase our wonderful undergraduate and graduate opera students in a competitive format where the audience members are the judges. More exciting fundraisers will be announced in the coming year. Last year, the tour to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and the Opera on the Streetcar Aria Auction (which involved the first flash mob on Tucson’s streetcar) were huge successes.
Information for events that are free to our members will be sent to you. Please encourage your friends to join the Guild, so they can enjoy opera as well. At a special member planning meeting (date and place TBA early in 2016), you will have the opportunity to tell the Board of Directors what you would like to see the Guild do this year, as well as sign up to volunteer at OGSA events. We are looking for a Recording Secretary for this year and a Treasurer for next year, and hope that you’ll consider volunteering in these positions. You may contact me anytime with your ideas. Again, thank you for supporting our opera students and promoting opera by being a member of the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona.
Judi Hasbrouck, President