• HIATUS FAQ
Is OperaWorks shutting down?
OperaWorks is not shutting down! We are going on a “creative hiatus” which means there will be not be any Winter or Summer Programs in 2017. However, we look forward to a new and refreshed OperaWorks upon our return!
How long is the hiatus? Will there be any programs at all offered during that time?
The hiatus is planned for one year during which we do not plan to run any OperaWorks programs. We will work with our artistic staff, faculty, alumni, and board of directors throughout the hiatus to examine the company vision, current programs, the place of the arts in our society.
When did you decide to go on hiatus?
The Board, artistic and administrative staff voted in March 2016 to go on hiatus in August. This is our second hiatus in 30 years, and we saw how the programs were transformed after the first one in 1999. We knew our summer programs were at maximum capacity so we wanted to wait until after our summer programs were over to begin the hiatus. We're looking forward to some "research and development" time.
Will OperaWorks continue in some format after the hiatus?
The world has changed a lot since OperaWorks began 30 years ago, and, after this break, we may have developed an entirely new model for OperaWorks. So stay tuned for news on our newly revamped programming.
Do you have any plans to re-shape OperaWorks in ways that might make it more relevant to today's young people and their reliance on electronic media as the primary form of communication?
These are the types of issues we will be exploring and discussing.
Will the OperaWorks office remain open during the hiatus?
We will operate with a reduced staff during this time. However, the best way to reach us during the hiatus is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any way one can access the OperaWorks philosophies and methods now that the intensive programs have been suspended?
Yes! (1) OperaWorks’ teaching cards are always available in our website store. (2) OperaWorks faculty may be engaged, individually or in groups, for master classes and workshops. . (3) Artistic director Ann Baltz plans to document her teaching methods through blogs, vlogs, articles, and a book.
Will Artistic Director Ann Baltz still be available for workshops and master classes?
Yes, this hiatus will give her more time to coach, travel and teach. For questions, contact us at email@example.com.
What will Ann Baltz do with all of her free time?
We are wondering that ourselves! Artistic Director Ann Baltz has a list of interesting projects to work on during this hiatus. These include (1) teaching her improvisation classes to pianists and voice teachers, (2) writing about the holistic type of artist training she has developed for OperaWorks, and (3) envisioning new ways to use the performing arts towards a healthier and gentler society.
How will the hiatus affect the alumni?
The 10 alumni chapters will continue their activities during this hiatus. Chapters can continue to communicate with each other and OperaWorks faculty through their Facebook groups.
Is OperaWorks disappearing from the public view during the hiatus?
No, we are just taking a break. During this time, this new website has been designed as a sort of archive of the 30 years of OperaWorks, a place for teachers and singers to purchase our teaching cards, and a complete list of alumni.
What if I want to contribute to OperaWorks? Where and how can I donate during this hiatus?
Any donations received during the hiatus will go towards our revitalization period and new programming. Donations are accepted online at www.operaworks.org.