THE ASSOCIATION THE DEVELOPMENT OF VOCAL ARTISTRY AND NEIGHBORHOOD

New York needs MORE Opera

aka MORE Opera (Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble)   |   New York, NY   |  www.moreopera.com

Mission

ADVANCE (The Association for the Development of Vocal Artistry & Neighborhood Cultural Enrichment) is a vocal arts organization committed to understanding, appreciating, and enjoying classical music for everyone, Minority-founded and emphasizing Black themes, ADVANCE presents high quality educational programming, attracts and sustains diverse audiences, and promotes the growth and integrity of its artists. The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) produces opera concerts and training under the umbrella of ADVANCE. MORE Opera makes opera accessible to the general public and presents concerts and educational programs to under-served audiences including disadvantaged youths and elderly persons throughout Manhattan and beyond.

Ruling year info

1989

Founder/Executive Director

Ms. Cheryl Warfield

Main address

Ansonia Station Box 231152

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

31-1224121

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Opera (A6A)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Opera Unlimited - "AIDA" Outreach Program

Music gives pleasure and inspires the soul, enabling us to express, emote and gain understanding. Opera is possibly the most complete art form, and participation in an opera chorus can have a transforming effect. “OPERA UNLIMITED” introduces amateur chorus singers and new audiences to opera. Verdi’s “Aida” is the perfect choice for our community outreach programming to pique curiosity and stimulate interest for opera with its fantastic storyline and Nubian themes. Few small-sized opera presenters have the aspiration to produce this opera, in part due to the need for a large and effective chorus. ADVANCE/MORE Opera’s niche is opera in concert, focusing on the composer’s music and the voices. MORE also has an innovative and successful model to attract community chorus singers from all backgrounds and musical levels. We utilize the talents of anyone interested in learning to sing opera, from untrained, non-music readers to college students and emerging artists. We partner a highly motivated, well trained community chorus with outstanding MET level professional soloists to create a grand night of music that is a fantastic experience for both performer and audience. ADVANCE/MORE Opera has given several successful productions using this formula.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

ADVANCE has trained community residents to participate in its professional musical performances since 1989. In 2002, ADVANCE’s opera producing arm, MORE Opera, began preparing a community opera chorus to perform with professional opera artists, trained by recognized arts educators and experts in opera and performance.

The training program allows participants to explore the transformative world of opera through professional level experiences in rehearsal and performance, to develop musicianship, learn about vocal technique, repertoire, and style. The chorus rehearses each week prior to performance. The singers practice in a calm and engaging rehearsal environment, and extra rehearsal time is provided to non-readers and others who may need additional preparation. All participants are fully rehearsed and prepared for performance by prominent opera professionals in chorus rehearsals and individual coaching to participants who are new to opera.

Participation is open to anyone who loves to sing, regardless of previous opera or choral experience and has an interest in or curiosity about opera, and the desire to work together to achieve excellence in performing grand opera. The chorus is comprised of approximately 50 singers from diverse backgrounds, including music students, emerging artists, theater performers, and community members of different ages, disciplines and ethnic and racial backgrounds. New participants are accepted with each opera project by an audition that consists of the singer’s choice of song in any style or language, vocalization to determine voice type, and a short conversation about background and interest in opera. Generally, all who audition are accepted into the chorus. Participants audition only once for the chorus, but may be asked to audition again for consideration for small roles or special ensembles.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

ADVANCE is a proven quantity with over 25 years experience producing high caliber educational programming with classical themes for students from Pre-K to 12 through partnerships with schools, community centers, churches, arts organizations, and the City of New York. Whether private or group vocal lessons, a full-scale opera production featuring a children’s chorus, or culturally responsive educational programs on patriotism, spirituals, etc., the dynamic ADVANCE team of professional musicians provides outreach to meet the musical needs of children and youth who have limited exposure to the arts. All children’s programs culminate in live performance in which the students actively participate.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

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THE ASSOCIATION THE DEVELOPMENT OF VOCAL ARTISTRY AND NEIGHBORHOOD

Board of directors
as of 6/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cheryl Warfield