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Become a member of Sarasota Youth Opera

Enrollment now open for ages 8 and up

December 12, 2009

Patricia G. Horwell, Communications Officer - (941) 366-8450, ext. 332

Young people ages 8 and up who like to sing and act will have the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House this spring. Sarasota Youth Opera, the most comprehensive program in the U.S. to introduce and involve young people in the performance of opera, is currently enrolling new members for the upcoming season. In May, all Youth Opera members will perform in a fully staged opera with orchestra, Judith Weir’s The Black Spider, on the stage of the William E. Schmidt Opera Theater in the Sarasota Opera House.
Enrollment for interested new Youth Opera singers will be held Tuesday, January 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. While Youth Opera Music Director Lance Inouye meets with prospective members to determine their voice types and skill level as well as introduce them to some of the music, Kate Gigliotti, Youth Opera Coordinator, will give parents an introduction to the program, distribute paperwork, and answer questions. Rehearsals will begin during the same week (the day is dependent on the chorus into which the child is placed.)
Sarasota Youth Opera admits all who apply, regardless of skill level, providing vocal and acting training. Tuition is $150 per term with a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee payable on January 5. This fee will be applied toward tuition.  Partial payments can be arranged and there are a limited number of scholarships available. The Spring Session ends in mid May.
To sign up, call (941) 366-8450, ext. 0.
About Sarasota Youth Opera
Established in 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera was one of the first programs of its kind in America. The choruses include three groups of young people, age 8 -18. One training group (the Preparatory Chorus) works to improve skills and prepare students for one of the two advanced choruses (the Treble Chorus and the Mixed Voice Chorus). In May 2008, the Youth Opera performed the U.S. premiere of Dean Burry’s opera The Hobbit, based on the Tolkien work. Other past performances include singing with the Florida West Coast Youth Symphony, performances of John Rutter’s The Piper of Hamelin, Aaron Copland’s The Second Hurricane, and Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. Sarasota Youth Opera also commissioned and performed John Kennedy’s The Language of Birds at the Sarasota Opera House in 2004. Singers also have performed at The Glenridge, St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, the Church of the Redeemer, artist series at the First United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Sarasota Yacht Club, and Bird Key Yacht Club. In June 2007, 38 members of the Treble/Mixed Chorus participated in the International Choral Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Singers spent six days visiting and performing in Montecatini Terme, and touring Florence, Pisa and Lucca. They saw the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini as well as the thermal spas that Verdi frequented. Youth Opera celebrated its 25th Anniversary at a special concert with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in March 2009.

Performing Choruses
The Treble Chorus rehearses Fridays from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. and the Mixed Chorus rehearses Wednesdays from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Guys have an additional rehearsal Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. These choruses perform in various venues around Sarasota and Manatee counties.
 Training Chorus
The Preparatory Chorus rehearses Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Sarasota Youth Opera Program is generously underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Arts Council, Woman’s Exchange, the Appleby Foundation, HRH, the Franklin G. Berlin Foundation, Designing Women Boutique, and Publix Super Markets Charities.