David Holley Elected President of the National Opera Association

Monday, February 3, 2014

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce that David Holley, Director of Opera, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the National Opera Association. In 2002 David was invited to serve on the NOA Board of Directors, and in 2010 he moved into a leadership role as the Vice-President for Regions. In 2012 he was chosen as President-Elect in 2012, and at the annual convention, held this past January 9-12 in New York, David became President of the association.

The National Opera Association is an organization made up of opera professionals, educators and leading institutions in the US, Canada and abroad. Members include faculty from schools such as the Manhattan School of Music, CCM, Boston University, the University of Texas, Arizona State University, SUNY Potsdam, and others. The National Opera Association conducts several competitions annually, including a National Vocal Competition, a Chamber Opera Composition Competition, an Opera Production Competition, and the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. The NOA has a strong research component, including Poster Sessions at the Annual Convention, an Outstanding Dissertation Award, and publishing opportunities in it Opera Journal.

Holley first became involved with the National Opera Association in 1994 when UNCG began entering productions in the NOA Opera Production Competition. Since 1994, UNCG Opera Theatre has won twelve awards in the Opera Production Competition, including seven First Place, four Second Place, and one Third Place awards.

In addition, UNCG Opera has twice been invited to present "Tour to the Schools" children's opera at the Annual Convention (in Washington, DC in 2003 and in New York City in 2007). And thanks to the support of dean Peter Alexander and music performance department head, Dennis Askew, a scene from The Most Happy Fella titled "Abbondanza" (which was performed at the Collage Concert in September) competed in the final round of the 2014 Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition on January 9th, and won an Honorable Mention award.

Annual Convention

The 2015 NOA Annual Convention will be held at the Koury Convention Center, January 8-11, 2015.

Typically the convention has been held in large cities such as New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta and San Antonio. Following the 2013 convention in Portland, the Board of Directors contacted Holley regarding his interest in hosting the 2015 convention in Greensboro. With the support of the new SMTD Dean, Peter Alexander, and NOA executive director, Robert Hansen, Greensboro was selected to host 2015 convention.

Holley and the Greensboro Opera

In 2012, the Greensboro Opera and UNCG Opera entered into a formal partnership. This partnership has so far resulted in the production of two opera Galas, as well as reciprocal marketing support from each organization, and financial support from the opera company. In July of 2013, Holley was asked to become the Artistic Director of the Greensboro Opera. Holley says that he "saw a great opportunity with the hosting of the NOA Convention for the re-emergence of the Greensboro Opera's producing fully-staged productions". Thus, the Greensboro Opera will perform the signature event of the 2015 NOA convention, Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment, in Aycock Auditorium on Friday, January 9, 2015.

David Holley has been the Director of Opera at UNCG since 1992. Read more about David Holley.