Metropolitan Opera Guild
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6593
County: Out of State
ContactMr. Thomas Martin
To provide year-long professional development and support for teacher-guided opera-based arts learning projects in under-served public schools in NJ.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild is a premier arts education organization dedicated to enriching people's lives through the magic and artistry of opera. The Guild fosters collaboration, literacy skills, and self-confidence in children with customized education programs integrated into the curriculum of their schools, and builds a deeper appreciation of opera in adults through workshops, community programs, and by publishing Opera News, the world's leading opera magazine. Through its unique relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, the Guild offers newcomers to opera and its most ardent fans access to one of the world's most renowned performing arts companies.
Since its first student matinee in 1937, the Guild has been at the forefront of arts education. The Guild pioneered hands-on arts learning through its Creating Original Opera program in the 1980s, and has been an innovator in professional development for teachers and administrators that empowers schools to provide arts learning, integrated with the curriculum, in all their classrooms. This past year, Guild school programs reached 13,346 students and teachers at 173 schools across 6 states.
Key personnel at the Guild include Thomas M. Martin, the Guild's Managing Director. As of the beginning of out new fiscal, July 1, 2015, Mr. Martin succeeded Stewart Pearce as the new Managing Director of the Guild. Mr. Pearce retired after over 35 years of service at the Guild and the Metropolitan Opera Association. Vanessa Kubach, became the Guild's new Director of Finance and Administration in July, 2015.
Stuart Holt, Director of School Programs and Community Engagement continues to oversee the Education Department. Aliza Greenberg, formally the Manager of the Guild's Teaching Through Opera program, left the Guild in August, 2015 to accept a teaching position. Until this position is filled, Stuart Holt is overseeing the day-to-day administration of this program, which includes planning and coordinating professional development activities, scheduling and overseeing Artist visits to schools, and liaising with school teachers and administration.