In the fall of 2002, American Opera Projects gathered together six composers and six singers at its home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and invited them to discover the depths, dimensions, and artistic potential hidden inside the operatic voice. This group of specially-chosen artists would become the first class in The Composers & the Voice Workshop Series. Since that time, thirty composers have received free fellowships from American Opera Projects to train with experts in their field and world-class professional singers in these private workshop sessions and public concerts.
As the newest class of C&V fellows prepares for its first song concert on May 20 & 21, 2012, American Opera Projects respectfully asks for your financial support to help continue this series that allows emerging composers and librettists a chance to develop their craft at absolutely no cost to them.
Your tax-deductible donation will be used to
- Pay our Resident Ensemble of singers and music directors, who make their skills available to the Composers & the Voice workshops throughout the year.
- Publicize the public concerts of Composers & the Voice in New York media outlets.
- Subsidize ticket prices to keep our public concerts of Composers & the Voice music affordable and accessible.
- Provide continuing AOP developmental support for operas emerging from the Composers & the Voice series.
- Keep the Composers & the Voice fellowship free.
The 2011-12 Composers & the Voice class: (1st row l. to r.) Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, Robert Paterson, Mikael Karlsson, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Rebecca Ringle, Zach Redler; (2nd row l. to r.) Andrea Arias Martin, Mila Henry, Brandon Snook, Ronnie Reshef, Rachel Peters, Sara Cooper; (3rd row l. to r.) Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Kelly Horsted, Steven Osgood. Not pictured: Jorell Williams, baritone; Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone
Past AOP Composers & the Voice fellows have received grants and honors from Aaron Copland Fund for Music, ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, OPERA America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Fulbright Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Douglas Moore Fellowship, Tapestry New Opera Works, the Frederick Loewe Foundation, New Dramatists, and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation, among many others.Visit all of the Composers & the Voice alumni at www.operaprojects.org/composers_voice/alumni
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