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Opera Club of The Villages is the proud sponsor of the

Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program.

Since its beginning, the Opera Club of The Villages has awarded more than $590,000 in scholarships to high school students in Lake, Marion & Sumter Counties Florida.

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First "Face-to-Face" Membership Meeting

Yep, everyone was a bit nervous about getting together on Thursday, April 22nd but thanks to the precautions taken by the Laurel Manor Recreation Center staff, the meeting was a great success. The sale of Three-Tenors + One DVD/CD sets went quite well. The raffle of tickets for; "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" @ The Villages Charter School; a DVD/CD set; and several cash awards were enjoyed and then ... Maestro Bill Doherty, former Schwartz scholarship winner Katylin McMonigle, Mariangel Cestari, and Sam Reynolds took the stage performing several arias from a variety of operas as well as a few familiar Broadway hits.

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Update: Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship

Technology is sometimes a blessing. Yep, with the aid of technology we were able to conduct "virtual" auditions for the 12 scholarship applicants. The judges were able to view the video auditions and select 6 very deserving scholarship winners. You can enjoy these same videos by clicking HERE.

New website - why?

As you’ve certainly noticed by now, the OperaClub’s website has a completely different look and “feel” to it and you might be asking; “Why the change?

Background - Website “traffic” is tracked for all sorts of things including what type of devices are being used to view the site. During 2020 nearly 50% of the “visitors” to the Opera Club website were using what many call “smart devices” - those being tablets and smartphones. With so many different ways for people to view a website, every website needs to automatically adjust its content so the content displays well regardless of how it’s being viewed.

Ever notice how when you turn your tablet or smartphone from vertical to horizontal what you are viewing automatically resizes and rearranges itself? Our old website was not designed to do that. Our new website is.

Bottom-line - We undertook the task of completely redesigning the Opera Club’s website in order to give each and every “visitor” a good viewing experience; be it on their desktop monitor, on any of the many different brands and sizes of tablets, OR on any of the many different brands and sizes of smartphones.