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.
If you would like to make a contribution toward our Scholarship Fund, a remittance form is attached here.

In the past two years we have awarded $72,000 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 existing email address, please contact Membership Chairman Lou Sasmor at dlsasmor@gmail.com or Roy Ullrich at pelicanroy28@gmail.com


2017 Scholarship Auditions Held at Laurel Manor
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the rooms of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center were filled with music.  This year's Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Auditions took place at this venue, with a goodly crowd of Opera Club members as well as other Villagers In attendance.  A smaller than usual crop of 10 graduating high school seniors from tri-county schools vied for the scholarships being offered.  Unfortunately, The Villages Charter High School was not represented.  Our judging panel of professional musicians, consisting of Jean Butler, Bill Doherty, Ward Green, Sally Matteson, and Doug Purcell first interviewed each of the candidates, after which they adjourned to an adjacent room to hear the performances of the candidates.  Of the ten applicants, seven were instrumentalists and, oddly enough, three played the trombone.  The remaining three students were vocalists.  The auditioners are shown below in order of appearance.
Paul Yelverton
Lake Minneola High School
Garrett Gauvin-Caraballo
Eustis High School
​Jorge Gauvin-Caraballo
Eustis High School
​Jennifer Jenkins
Umatilla High School
​Elizabeth Gerace
Trinity Catholic High School
​Marques Rudd
Tavares High School
​Emily Alexandra Febo
Mount Dora High School
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Ryan Gamerino
Vanguard High School (Ocala)
Alto Saxophone
Lillian Garback
Tavares High School

Wesley Flournoy
Leesburg High School