Opera Club of The Villages

Our mission is to inspire lifelong interest and encouragement in opera and classical music, and to promote music education for students, including financial support.

Proud sponsor of the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program


The Opera Club meeting will be this

Thursday May 23rd at 7:00PM

in the Lincoln Room at the

Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

Doors open at 6:30PM.

Maestro Bill Doherty will present “Golden Days”,

a program featuring the music of Operetta’s.


“Three Tenors Plus One” 

Our annual Scholarship fundraiser 

will feature

Clark Barrios, Christopher Macchio, Grant Norman

and Mary Jo Vitale,

Friday evening, February 21, 2025.

Tickets will go on sale July 3rd. 


If any member would like to help compose the annual Newsletter, 

please speak with Geri Dempsey.



Emily Veri - Soprano

I Dreamed a Dream/Les Miserables

Villages Charter High School

Jason Tejada-Chancey - Cello

Allegro Molto Piu Tosto Presto

Montverde Academy

2ND PLACE WINNER [$10,000]

Shepherd Smith - Piano

Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 Mvt 3

Hampden DuBose Academy


Blake Barnes - Marimba

Watch the Melting Glaciers

Forest High School


Andrea Gamez-Heredia - Flute

Sanatina for Flute & Piano

South Lake High School


Kenneth Orr - Saxaphone

Tableaux De Provence

Eustis High Schooll

William Wright - Marimba

Rotation-2 (Composition for 4 Mallett Marimba)

Villages Charter High School

Richard Brasell - Alto Saxaphone

Concerto in Eb Minor Opus 109

Forest High School

Specials at the Cinemas in Ocala & Mt. Dora 

Live From the MET

April 20 - La Rondine

May 11 - Madama Butterfly

( All Saturday matinees $25.00) 

(Transportation on your own)

Meet The Opera Club

The Opera Club of The Villages was established to present live musical performances, operas, and concerts to Villagers. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at Laurel Manor Recreation Center from September through May. In 1997, the Opera Club founded the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program to honor the founder of The Villages. The goal was to encourage and support students who plan a career in music by awarding scholarships to applicants in Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties. Over $600,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to 95 students. Our major source of income is our “Three Tenors Plus One” concert scheduled for February 11, 2023 to be presented at The Sharon Performing Arts Center.

During the school year, our Scholarship Committee sends applications to schools in the Tri-County area. Students applying must be seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. They must be planning to major or minor in music education or performance in college. The student must complete the application and submit it with two letters of recommendation. In the past, qualified applicants were invited to audition in April at Laurel Manor. Scholarship auditions are adjudicated by professional judges. 

In 2022, 4 Scholarships, valued at up to $12,000, $10,000, $8,000 and $4,000 were awarded. Four Study Grant  awards of $1,000 each were also awarded. Listen to the winners HERE....

The Oscar Feliu Award is given annually to a student at The Villages Charter High School who consistently demonstrated outstanding contributions to and participation in the music program. The $3,000 award is in memory of Oscar Feliu, one of the founders of the Opera Club.

The Opera Club of the Villages is a 501(c)(3) Corporation 

Mailing address : PO Box 1228, The Villages ,Fl 32158

Learn more by visiting our Support Us page.