The Opera Club of The Villages encourages all lovers of good music who are residents of The Villages to attend our regular monthly meetings and the special performances scheduled. You do not have to sing or know all about opera - a love of good music is our only requirement. Members as well as visitors are welcome.
The main mission of the Opera Club is to collect donations from members and friends, or from special fund raising events, to fund the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships, which are awarded to graduating high school seniors from Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, who are planning to pursue music education in college.
In the past two years we have awarded almost $50,000 to deserving students.
In addition to checking the Recreation News of The Villages "Daily Sun," you may receive advance notice of upcoming events, as well as news about the club by signing up for email. To get on our mailing list or to change an exisiting email address, please contact Roy Ullrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we have outgrown the room in which our meetings have taken place for the past several years, we are now switching to the Lincoln Theater of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center. Beginning in February 2014, we will be holding out meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The exception will be November and December 2014, where Thanksgiving and Christmas fall on the fourth Thursday and we will revert to the first Thursday in the Madison Room.
2013 Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Winners Chosen
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, eleven talented high school seniors participated in auditions held at the Church on the Square. From among these candidates, three students were chosen to be awarded the coveted Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships.
One of the requirements for being selected to win a scholarship was a willingness to perform at the May Opera Club meeting. Thus, on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, three students gave a concert at the Church on the Square. Rather than our usual meeting place in the Madison Room of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center, the church was chosen for its superior acoustics and the opportunity to accommodate a larger crowd. Here are our award winning students.
Cole Bushman from Leesburg High School
played the Bb Clarinet and was voted our
top candidate by the panel of judges.
He was awarded a $10,000 scholarship
Devin Eatmon from our own Villages
Charter High School is a tenor and
garnered second place at the auditions.
His scholarship amounts to $8,000
Our third place winner was
Ciara Brooke Hill from East Ridge
High School. Her instrument is the
alto saxophone, and she was given a
Our proud scholarship winners - Ciara Brooke Hill,
Devin Eatmon and Cole Bushman
Third place winner Ciara Brooke Hill
being given her award by Harold S. Schwartz
Scholarship Chair Gerri Piscitelli
Opera Club of The Villages
President Jackie Ullrich
addresses the crowd
Scholarship Chair Gerri Piscitelli presenting second place award to Devin Eatmon
Vice President June Blasko makes an announcement as Assistant Scholarship Chair Mary Boczkowski and Gerri Piscitelli watch
The 2013 Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Recipients at the Church on the Square on
May 2, 2013
(from left to right)
Alto Saxophonist and third place winner Ciara Brooke Hill, Tenor and second place winner Devin Eatmon, Bb Clarinetist and first place winner Cole Bushmen, Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Committee Chair Gerri Piscitelli, and Assistant Scholarship Chair Mary Boczkowski