We are thrilled to be forming our first-ever College Advisory Committee. To kick off what we are sure is to be a really successful group of student leaders, LA Opera hosted an Information Meeting on November 16, which was a blast! We had a great group of students who battled rain and traffic to get to the meeting; everyone was really enthusiastic and asked tons of questions and had lots of ideas. LA Opera’s Director of Education and Community Programs, Stacy Brightman, started off the meeting with an overview of the department, a history of the company, and a brief explanation of what the College Advisory Committee is all about – helping LA Opera develop programs and marketing strategies geared towards college students, preparing participants to become opera ambassadors on their college campuses, and developing special marketing projects to coincide with main stage productions.
Stacy later opened up the floor to the students, and the ideas and suggestions were flying! Some had ideas on how to incorporate opera into their school curriculum, while others talked about using social media to advertise events happening at LA Opera and elsewhere in the city. There were groups of students who told us how they were already promoting opera, by creating community outreach programs and opera clubs on their college campuses. Everyone agreed that it was important to spread the word about opera to more Los Angeles communities.
So far, we have sixty-eight interested students representing twenty-five colleges and universities across the Southland, studying everything from music to economics to microbiology. There are native Angelenos, out-of-state, and international students. Some have been opera lovers since childhood; others have been fans for just a few years. But they are all passionate about opera, and want to spread their passion to their classmates, their schools, and their communities. We are so excited to work with these students!
And if you’re interested in joining the committee, let us know! Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 972-3157 for an application. Applications are due this Friday, December 9, 2011