Composers & the Voice : PARTNERSHIPS

AOP has formed partnerships with several organizations and programs to offer further opportunities to alumni of Composers & the Voice.

2019 Composer-in-Residence Gilda Lyons at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

2019 Composer-in-Residence Gilda Lyons at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY


In July/August 2016, American Opera Projects and Chautauqua Opera launched a multi-year Composer-in-Residence initiative. Each summer one alumni of AOP's Composers & the Voice Fellowship will be invited to be in residence for Chautauqua Opera's entire 8-week season. The Composer-in-Residence will be a prominent public face for the Chautauqua Opera, speaking passionately about the company's season, and exploring the role of a composer in today's society.

AOP will commission three pieces from the Composer-in-Residence-- 2 for voice and piano, and 1 for voice and orchestra-- which will be premiered during Chautauqua Opera's season, by members of its Young Artist Program, and then be presented in AOP's subsequent New York City season. With texts drawn from and inspired by lecturers and speakers at the Chautauqua Institution, these new works will first appear on the "Artsongs in the Afternoon" recital series and the Opera Highlights concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

“When an audience knows the creator, they become immediately invested in his or her creations,” Steven Osgood said. “This is the kind of relationship I see being forged throughout the opera community nationwide, and I look forward to sharing it with CHQ.”

2019 Composer-in-Residence: Gilda Lyons
2018 Composer-in-Residence: George Lam
2017 Composer-in-Residence: Gity Razaz
2016 Composer-in-Residence: Jeremy Gill



Almost from the beginning of Composers & the Voice’s creation, The Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Studies department has selected operas created in the C&V program for further development as part of its annual New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage series that features the presentation of staged excerpts of new opera in development performed by MSM vocal students. New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage creates vital opportunities for young artists to perform in the developing scenes and to work with new writers and composers. This forum provides a natural bridge from academic training to the professional stage.

2004: Exiles - Renee Favand-See, composer
2005: Dream President
- Jennifer Griffith, composer/librettist photos | video
2007: The Golden Gate - Conrad Cummings, composer/librettist
2007: The Summer King
- Daniel Sonenberg, composer; Daniel Nestor, librettist photos | video
2008: Death in Summer - Gregg Wramage, composer/librettist
2009: Love/Hate
- Jack Perla, composer; Rob Bailis, librettist photos | video
2010: Paul’s Case - Gregory Spears, composer; Kathryn Walat, librettist photos | video
2011: Henry’s Wife - Randall Eng, composer; Alexis Bernier, librettist photos | video
2013: Decoration - Mikael Karlsson, composer/librettist; David Flodén, librettist photos | video
2014: Companionship - Rachel Peters, composer/librettist photos | video
2015: Legendary - Joseph Rubinstein, composer; Jason Kim, librettist photos | video
2017: Vera - Matthew Barnson, composer; Mark Sonnenblick, librettist photos | video
2019: The Interaction Effect - Pamela Stein Lynde, composer; Laura Barati, librettist


Opera Omaha Poetry & Music Project

Opera Omaha and Nebraska Writers Collective invite students in grades K-12 from Nebraska and Iowa to submit poems on themes of creativity, community, identity, and youth and offer writing workshops focused on writing for music, facilitated by Opera Omaha Holland Community Opera Fellows and NWC Teaching Artists.

In the second phase, two composers identified by AOP from the Composers & the Voice program select pieces to set to music from the poetry submissions. The selected poets will have the opportunity to participate with the composers in a music workshop to further develop the piece with the composers and musicians, participating in the behind-the-scenes process.

The completed works are performed in concert in April by Opera Omaha’s Holland Community Artist Fellows as vocalists and local musicians. The concert is free and open to the public with the poets and their families in attendance.

Composers are contracted by Opera Omaha and paid an honorarium. Travel to Omaha for Music Workshops and the Concert are provided.