About the Opera Club

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

Geraldine Piscitelli, President & Program Chair

Geri Dempsey, Vice President & Dir. of Community Relations

Ann Forrester, Recording Secretary

Joanne Kells-Murphy, Membership Chair

Pearl Kosa, Corresponding Secretary & MAP Chair

Dave Harrold, Treasurer

Helga Sharp, Asst. Treasurer

Marty Taylor, Director & Scholarship Chair

Mary Boczkowski, Director & Assistant to Corresp. Secretary

Bill Doherty​, Director/Advisor

Pauline Pan - Director Emeritus

Marlene Croft, Director & Hospitality Chair

Gigi Letendre, Director & Sunshine Chair

Rosalie Locke, Director

Roy Ullrich, Director & Newsletter Editor

Rosalie Locke & Marlene Croft, Hospitality Committee

Opera Club of The Villages Major Milestones


  • 1995 - Formed as an opera & classical music social club.

  • 2002 - Five music scholarships awarded.

  • 2004 - Club becomes incorporated in Florida as Opera Club of The Villages, Inc. (N04000001166)

  • 2004 - Three music scholarships awarded - Reginald Oliver (sax); David Richs (piano); and Katrina Schoenfeldt (vocal)

  • 2005 - Five music scholarships awarded - Lisa Fleetwood (violin); Heather Davidson (flute); Melanie Di Lorenzo (drums); Niki Melcher (flute); and Steven Stevens (clarinet).

  • 2006 - Four music scholarships awarded - Constance Rogalski (vocal); Christine Gonzalez (violin); Alvin deTorres (trombone); and Jessica Ellison (sax).

  • 2011 - Receive IRS 501(c)(3) status (Fed. ID: 20-0669641)

  • More info to be added soon