Non Profit Spotlight: This month it is my pleasure to tell you about the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild (FSOG), an exciting and welcoming nonprofit for those who love and appreciate opera. Its mission is:
- To provide education and to encourage young talent throughout the state of Florida through vocal competitions and educational sponsorship of the St. Petersburg Opera Company, and
- To build an appreciative audience to support and promote the St. Petersburg Opera Company.
Each year the Guild sponsors two competitions – one for high school students and one for college students and young professionals. Through growing support from Guild members and the general public, cash awards are provided to the winners to help them continue their operatic training. Winners have consistently placed high in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, they have graced the stage of the Met as well as the Chicago Opera – others held/hold apprenticeships with professional companies and faculty positions in schools and colleges.
Luncheon meetings, which include entertainment by outstanding singers, are held on the 4th Friday of the month in various locations throughout St. Petersburg. Annual Dues are $35.00/person – $60.00 for a couple. Luncheon Meetings cost $30.00/person – reservations are required. To join the Guild, contact Liane Sleszynski at 727- 525-4252 or visit the FSOG website at www.flsuncoastoperaguild.org
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