Monthly Meetings of THE OPERA CLUB OF THE VILLAGES are held on the fourth Thursday of every month from September until May, although there are exceptions due to special circumstances. There are no meetings during the summer.
Our regular meeting place is the Lincoln Theater of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at Buena Vista Boulevard and County Road 466. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. We start with a brief business meeting, followed by entertainment. We try to provide live entertainment whenever possible (and within the constraints of our budget) but occasionally have a DVD presentation. The meeting concludes with refreshments being served. These are provided by our members.
Membership in the Opera Club is open to all residents of The Villages. Knowledge of opera, or the ability to sing are certainly not prerequisites - - we get together because we like opera, and want to share this love of good music with our fellow Villagers.
Annual dues are just $15.00 per person and go toward entertainment at our meetings and operating expenses. As noted above, the season runs from September through May of the following year.
To view the Treasurer's Report for the
month of September 2018
for the Minutes of the
October 2018 meeting
Following the Scholarship Auditions on April 10, 2018, our panel of professional judges selected those students worthy of receiving one of this year's Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships. A total of eight young men ad women were selected - a record number for our club - and these talented youngsters had an opportunity to show their musical ability by performing for us at the April 26 monthly meeting. The audition results were so close that two first place winners of $12,000 each were chosen, followed by awards of $10,000, $8,000 and $6,000 for the next three candidates. Additionally, three vocalists were given "Encouragement Awards" of $1,000 each. These latter awards were donated by the local singing group "Bach with a Beat" to whom we would like to express our sincere appreciation.
Here are our two first place winners, who each received scholarships of $12,000.
Andrew Becker, pictured at left, is an Alto Saxophone player from Mt. Dora High School who plans to attend Indiana University.
Julia Sills, pictured at right, plays the flute and is also from Mt. Dora High School. She already is quite an accomplished musician and plans to go to Oberlin Conservatory or the Peabody Institute.
Our $10,000 scholarship winner, pictured at far left, was Tenor Trombone player Mick Pepper from Mt. Dora High School. He was accompanied by a trio, and he plans to continue his education at Florida State University.
William Harwood (at left) from The Villages Charter High School plays the Alto Sax and garnered the $8,000 prize.
Trumpet player Casey Marden (right) is from Tavares High School and received the $6,000 scholarship. He will go to Florida State.
This year we bestowed three $1,000.00 Encouragement Awards on three young vocalists. These awards were funded by the singing group "Bach with a Beat."
Pictured from left to right are Joshua Alexander Plante from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Genesis Heart from The Villages High School, and Daniel Garcia Pino from Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala,
Genesis, in addition to her musical talent, was also the salutatorian of her graduating class.
"Showcase of Winners"
(from left to right) Vice President Mary Boczkowski, Scholarship Co-Chair Pauline Pan, President Gerri Piscitelli, Encouragement
Award winners Joshua Alexander Plante, Genesis Heart, and Daniel Garcia Pinto, Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Winners
Julia Sills, Andrew Becker, Mick Pepper, William Harwood, and Casey Marden