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Community Music DivisionOpera for Everyone

  Fall 2022 Update

Opera for Everyone class met in Spring of 2022 for the first time since Spring of 2019 for a six-week course. We were happy to have Victoria Magnusson, ODU alumni and recent vocal graduate as our instructor. The adults in the class enjoyed many guest speakers including Virginia Opera's Artistic Director, Maestro Adam Turner and General Director and CEO, Peggy Kriha-Dye. Victoria received good news that she was accepted in the graduate vocal program at Manhattan School of Music this Fall. We are excited for this new opportunity for her.

Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 class instructions include Opera for Everyone Class Founder Marilyn Buxbaum, joined by Marlene Ford and Shirley Thompson.




Lifelong Learning Class

Co-instructors Marilyn Buxbaum, Opera for Everyone founder, and Marlene Ford will teach the 12 week Lifelong Learning Class held on Tuesday mornings from 10am- 12 noon. The course is excited to have a variety of guest speakers, including many from the Virginia Opera Association, and our own Shirley Thompson.




Opera for Everyone

Opera for Everyone follows the season of various Hampton Roads opera companies. Each fall and spring the class meets for 12 weeks. A dress rehearsal and behind the scenes tour are included for select productions. Course registration can be done online or in-person, and includes VIP parking next to the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts building!

Fall 2022

Instructors: Marilyn Buxbaum and Marlene Ford

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - Noon

Location: Diehn Fine and Performing Arts, Diehn Composers Room

Dates: September 13- December 6

Price: $300

CEU Credit: 2.4 units

Register for Fall 2022 Session

2 Ways to Register
Register online in advance using the link above, or in class on the first meeting date. VIP parking included!

Highlights

Participants will study the Virginia Opera Association's production of Wagner's The Valkyrie (Die Walkure) and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. For more information visit vaopera.org.


Spring 2023

Instructors: Marilyn Buxbaum and Marlene Ford

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - Noon

Location: Diehn Fine and Performing Arts, Diehn Composers Room

Dates: January 10- April 4 for 12 weeks

Price: $300

CEU Credit: 2.4 units

Register for Spring 2023 Session

2 Ways to Register
Register online in advance using the link above, or in class on the first meeting date. VIP parking included!

Highlights

Participants will study the Virginia Opera Association's production of spring operas are Fellow Travelers by Spears and Verdi's La Traviata. For more information visit vaopera.org.



Meet the Instructors

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Marilyn Buxbaum

Marilyn Buxbaum received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Buffalo, and her Master Of Humanities from Old Dominion University. The founder of the popular class "Opera for Everyone," Marilyn has taught actively at Old Dominion University since 1991. Prior to her coming to ODU, Marilyn taught "Music for the Classroom," "Music Appreciation," and "Opera for Everyone" at Tidewater Community College. She is actively involved as a pianist and accompanist in the Tidewater area. Marilyn serves on executive boards of the Virginia Opera and The Virginia Arts Festival, and is director of a local Klezmer Band.


Marlene Ford

Marlene Ford

Marlene has been an Adjunct Assistant with the Old Dominion University School of Music teaching music appreciation and French Horn for many years. She is also available as a private music instructor of French Horn for the ODU Community Music Division to students of all ages. She and husband Robert, trombonist, are active performers in the Virginia Symphony, Eastern Brass Quintet, Williamsburg Symphony, and Norfolk Chamber Consort. Marlene and Robert also regularly perform for Young Audiences of Virginia, receiving awards as teaching artists.



Course Details

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with opera productions throughout the Tidewater area
  • Learn opera music, story, and historical backgrounds
  • Attend VOA rehearsals and see how opera productions are put together
  • Become acquainted with arts organizations in Tidewater, and hear about their season schedules
  • Tour the WHRO studio, and Virginia Opera House
  • Teach students to feel comfortable attending cultural events
  • Broaden knowledge of unfamiliar operas by viewing live presentations from the Met opera that are simulcast to local movie theaters

Materials

Pen/pencil and paper for taking notes, if desired

Prerequisites

None

Delivery Method

In person by lecture and demonstration.

Target Audience

Senior citizens, adults, couples, and the military

Parking

Course includes VIP parking next to the Diehn Fine & Performing Arts building.



Cancellation Policy

To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to oducmd@odu.edu or call 757-683-4075 one business day prior to the start date of the course. Failure to attend a course does not constitute withdrawal. Course registration fees, less a $25 processing fee will be refunded via check per Old Dominion University policy (we are unable to return money to a debit or credit card). There are no refunds once the class has begun.



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