CANCELED: Chorus Festival

MAGPI celebrates National Opera Week!
Target Audience: 
Grades 5-12; community college; cultural organizations
Requirements for Participation: 

There are 3 spaces available for MAGPI Members. Members must have H.323 videoconferencing capabilities.

There are 2 spaces available for Non-MAGPI Members who are connected to their state/national research and education network, and have H.323 videoconference capabilties.

October 26 through November 4, 2012, is National Opera Week!

To honor the celebration of this classical music tradition, the Opera Company of Philadelphia will present a series of interactive events to communities, schools and educational programs to promote awareness about opera.

MAGPI joins the Opera Company of Philadelphia in celebrating opera by presenting three interactive videoconference programs: The Singing Voice on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, and the National Opera Week Chorus Festival and Opera Audition Workshop on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

National Opera Week Chorus Festival


Share your choir’s talents in this informal adjudication offered by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. There’s no need to perform an opera chorus for this, but please select a musical piece that highlights the chorus’s talents. Selections should be no longer than 5 minutes. Each ensemble will be judged on tone, intonation, diction, technique, balance, interpretation, musical effect, and more. Judges will include Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Administrator Michael Eberhard, Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden, and respected Philadelphia voice teacher, conductor and singer, Holly Phares.

Feedback will be given live to all choruses with written remarks shared after the event.

The program will be moderated by Opera Company of Philadelphia Vice President of Community Programs, Michael Bolton.

Instructions for Participants/Participating Teachers

Each chorus will be asked to perform a selection from memory lasting no more than 5 minutes. The selection can be in any language or style and need not be a selection from an opera. Each chorus will be given a 10-minute time slot for its musical performance and remarks from the judges. Chorus will be asked to perform in alphabetical order. No more than 5 choruses will be asked to perform on this program.

Each participating school should have a student introduce the organization, including information about the school’s location, mascot, and interesting fact about the town in which it is located.

About Opera Company of Philadelphia

Since its formation in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has been the premier opera-producing organization in the Greater Philadelphia area. OCP presents five performances of three productions each year in the historic Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in America still in use for its original purpose. In 2009, OCP expanded its Season through the addition of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, featuring two productions of cutting-edge chamber works in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater each year, with one in a collaborative partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.
OCP’s mission is three-fold:

1) Deliver outstanding productions of traditional repertoire and new, exciting operatic works that resonate with the community;

2) Identify and cultivate rising young talent and cast these future stars together with internationally-acclaimed singers; and

3) Present innovative programs relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that educate, broaden, deepen, and diversify the opera audience.

Under the leadership of General Director David B. Devan, Artistic Director Robert B. Driver, and Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris, the Opera Company has experienced significant growth in the range and scope of its artistic programming. During the 2009-2010 Season, OCP presented the East Coast Premiere of Academy Award winner Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul, and in 2010-2011, OCP presented the American Premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra. In 2011-2012, OCP presented Dark Sisters, a new opera by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam that is the product of a unique co-commissioning and co-producing partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, and in 2012-2013, the Company will present the East Coast Premiere of Kevin Put’s Silent Night.

OCP has embarked on key artistic initiatives, including the American Repertoire Program, a commitment to producing one American work every year for the next ten years beginning in 2012, the launch of OCP’s collaborative Composer In Residence program, and the Chamber Opera Symposium, an invitation-only summit involving the primary North America n producers of the genre.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s dedication to casting emerging singers through partnerships with Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and Academy of Vocal Arts results in numerous opportunities each Season for up-and-coming artists to perform alongside world class operatic stars such as Nathan Gunn, Anthony Dean Griffey, William Burden, Lawrence Brownlee, and Anna Netrebko.

OCP is committed to engaging the Philadelphia region with innovative arts experiences including phenomenal successes with Pop-Up opera performances in Reading Terminal and Macy's Center City to surprise Philadelphians as part of the Knight Foundation's Random Acts of Culture. To date, OCP's YouTube videos of Random Acts have been viewed over 11 million times. OCP also hosted thousands of Philadelphians for Opening Night Philadelphia!, a free event where the opening night performance of Carmen was streamed live to a giant video screen on the Mall at Independence Historical Park.

Since 1991, more than 130,000 Philadelphia area children have participated in OCP's award-winning Sounds of Learning ™ program which advances interdisciplinary learning by integrating opera into the core school curriculum. OCP also partners with numerous community organizations in an effort to make opera relevant to a more diverse constituency. OCP and Art Sanctuary’s collaborative program, Hip H’opera, was launched in 2006 and works to build the self-esteem of at-risk youth by bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture. The Opera Company of Philadelphia serves approximately 55,000 adults and students annually.