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Development Contacts

Director of Development:
Stacy Ridenour
941-366-8450, ext. 246

Development Officer:
Stephen Fancher
941-366-8450, ext. 231

Executive and Development Assistant:
Jane Levy
941-366-8450 ext. 538

Senior Manager, Special Events & Sponsorship:
Jennifer Simms
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Campaign and Database Officer:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Individual Giving Administrator:
Brenda Tamm
941-366-8450, ext. 250

Sarasota Opera
Development Department
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Opera Guild

SOG Contact Info

Peter Phillipes, President

phone: (941) 488-2420



Sarasota Opera Guild is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to:

  • Foster, promote and increase the appreciation and desire for opera in the community in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association
  • Encourage and assist young singers
  • To sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera

General Meetings

From September through May, members and guests are invited to attend SOG General Meetings. These monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of the month, begin with refreshments at 9:45 AM followed by a business meeting and specially selected musical program featuring outstanding musical selections presented by the Sarasota Opera Association and performed by Sarasota Opera Singers.

Meetings are held in the Peterson Great Room of the Sarasota Opera House or in David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

Opera Prologues

Opera Prologues are held on Monday evenings in October and January at 7:15 pm at the Unity Church of Sarasota at 3023 Proctor Road, and are followed by refreshments. Donation for each session is $10, which includes wine and appetizers following the program.


 A variety of small and large events are hosted by SOG and SOG members throughout the year. 

  • Poinsettia Luncheon: The Merchants of Venice: Sarasota Opera Guild's biggest fundraiser. This year is the 31st anniversary luncheon fashion show at Michael's on East, Wednesday, December 2.  Call the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300 for more information.
  • New Member Coffees: SOG members open their homes to welcome new members. New members can enjoy making new friends and learning more about SOG and Sarasota Opera.
  • Fundraisers: SOG hosts a wide variety of events. All money raised by SOG helps support the activities of the Sarasota Opera through direct contributions to programs and artists scholarships. Some of these events include the Poinsettia Luncheon and Fashion Show in Decemberand the Celebration Dinner in April.

You are invited to join...

An organization whose membership represents a broad spectrum of interests and talents. Members come from every walk of life and include opera stars from internationally known opera houses. 

Whether your interest is creative, administrative or just enjoying good music, we welcome you to join this exciting organization!


Membership Year: June through May

Regular Member: Single $50.00; Couple $75.00

Patron: Single $75.00; Couple $100.00