2000 to Today

Sustaining Opera into the New Century

The roster of grant recipients remains steady and long- over 20 per year- with total annual grants ranging from $45,000 in 2000 to over $63,500 in 2011. Does it make a difference? Yes! One public school teacher writes: "The opera we attended, Italian Girl in Algiers, was an unforgettable experience ... I can tell you that we frequently used both opera experiences throughout the rest of the year. It just naturally ties in with math, reading, language, and art. And further, perhaps the best indication of the impact of these opera experiences, the kids talked about them for the rest of the year. Now that's making an impression."

Opera Guilds International in honor of its 50th Anniversary presented TCOG with the 2000 Partners in Excellence Award for outstanding volunteer service in the field of opera.
University of Minnesota two week Summer Musical Theatre Workshop performs Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
The Wisdom of A Story Telling River supported in part by TCOG is an original opera created by Linwood Monroe A+ School 4th graders.

2000 - Opera Guilds International (now Opera Volunteers International) honors TCOG's 50th Anniversary with the 2000 Partners in Excellence Award.

2003 - Opera for the Young, a Madison, Wisconsin organization with professional performers, becomes part of TCOG's programs for K-6 with its production of Rusalka. Programs include lesson plans for teachers and student participation in the chorus.

2004 - The first September membership luncheon held in St. Paul features entertainment by Jennifer Baldwin Peden. A similar February Luncheon is held in Minneapolis. These luncheons evolve into today's "Members and Friends" event by 2007.

2008 - The Guild works hard to increase its mailing list. The website goes online at www.twincitiesoperaguild.org

2009 - Editor Jan Schueppert redesigns the newsletter as the centerpiece of the Board 's focus on membership, public relations, event promotion and education.

OPERA OUTREACH in 2012 reflects the continuation of programs established in earlier decades. Financia l support is provided through traditional fundraising events. Promotion of the many programs and operatic artists are accomplished through the
Guild's events, newsletters and website. Examples are:

OPERAS/MUSICALS: Developed by students, such as Linwood Monroe A+ School (Hip Hopera: Families Count) and Ramsey International Fine Arts Center (Biography of Martin Luther King); or, works adapted for young people, such as Seussical, Flapper, High School Musical, Oliver, Our Own Twist and Tomb It May Concern.

Eileen Manning, Chair of the 2003 Candlelight Dinner, and the Committee
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Given to organizations providing workshops and classes such as St. Paul Conservatory of Music which serves several area schools, Minnesota Opera Summer Camp, Metropolitan Boys Choir, Minnetonka Chamber Choir, Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth and the University of Minnesota Summer Musical Theatre program.

PRODUCTIONS/RESIDENCIES: Designed to initiate excitement for singing and opera requiring participation by teachers, students and the communities such as: Opera for the Young productions, Thursday Musical "Introduction to Opera" for grade schools, the "Opera Demystified" program by Skylark Opera for middle and high schools, and residencies by Cantus and Minnesota Opera in metro and greater Minnesota cities.

PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND GRANTS: For new operatic companies and their educational programs, including Mixed Precipitation, Mill City Summer Opera and Minnesota Concert Opera.

The Twin Cities Opera Guild continues to share the love of opera through the many programs which engage youth in the expression of the human spirit.