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Education Fellow-Opera America

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In 2002, I was selected as one of four Opera America Fellows.  For a year, I traveled to three major U.S. Opera Companies where I completed residencies.  Through this work, I built relationships with Opera professionals across the United States and Canada.  I created, revised and implemented an array of educational programs at each of her residency stops.  I also became a published author with the article, "The Importance of Vision" from the Opera America publication, Newsline


Los Angeles Opera


    At Los Angeles Opera, I served as the opera-school liasion for the "All About Opera" tour with renowed mezzo-soprano Susanna Guzman.  I created and delivered the first-ever Opera Kits program.  The Opera Kits serve as instructional field trips in a box for school use.  Each kit contains props, recordings, and standards-based integrated lesson plans for any teacher bringing students to the Student Dress night at the opera.


Austin Lyric Opera


Cincinnati Opera

    At Cincinnati Opera, I was the original author of the curriculum for the student opera "Nanita" based on the book "How Nanita Learned to Make Flan".  These lesson plans provided teachers with a multi-faceted approach to integrating opera into their curriculum.  From math to language arts to cooking, students could experience elements of the opera in the way that best fit their learning style as well as suiting the curricular needs of the teacher.


At the conclusion of my OA Fellowship, I accepted the position as the first Curriculum Specialist at San Diego Opera where I continued my work as an Opera Educator.




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