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Martina Arroyo

Posted Oct 2, 2015

Eminent American soprano Martina Arroyo will provide the Keynote Address on Jan 7 at the 2016 Convention in Indianapolis.

George Shirley

Posted Sep 20, 2015

Congratulations to long-time NOA member George Shirley on receiving the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House on Sep 10, 2015!

Shirley will also receive an NOA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Convention in Indianapolis.

Photo: President Obama awards George Shirley the 2014 National Medal of Arts

Vocal Competition

Posted Sep 15, 2015

A reminder that the deadline for entries in the Vocal Competition is fast approaching!  The competition consists of two divisions: Artist, for ages 25-40, and Scholarship for ages 18-24.
The next application deadline for the January, 2016, competition is October 16, 2015.

Pictured: 2014 Legacy Award winner, Frederick Ballentine, with Barbara Hill Moore

Opera Scenes 2016

Posted Aug 16, 2015

Apply now! The deadline for entries in the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition is October 16, 2015.

Selected scenes will be invited to perform in the final round in Indianapolis at the Annual Convention in January, 2016.

Indy 2016

Posted Jun 1, 2015

Register now for our upcoming convention, honoring the 20th Anniversary of the "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Awards, January 6-10, 2016, in Indianapolis:

Heritage and Hope: Celebrating Diversity in Performance and Pedagogy

You can read all of the convention highlights here!


The National Opera Association offers opportunities for everyone in the world of opera to work together for the advancement of quality in performance and pedagogy. Whether professional or amateur, pedagogue or performer, staff member or volunteer, you can serve the cause of opera through your membership in NOA.


NOA holds an annual convention featuring performances, panels, workshops, and other continuing-education opportunities for opera educators, professionals, and students.  Find out about our recent January, 2015, convention in Greensboro, NC or learn about next year's planned convention in Indianapolis.

Convention Program Advertising and Exhibitors

The Convention Program is a valuable reference for the participants and a highly visible publication for those who drop in to experience the many wonderful convention events.

Please see the guidelines and schedule of fees for more information.



NOA is comprised of thirteen regions, each with a regional governor, to foster regional activities and collaboration among members.  Find out how to get involved and connect with others in your region.


NOA sponsors numerous competitions on an annual or biannual basis, including the Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, Opera Production Competition, Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition, Chamber Opera Composition, Scholarly Paper Competition, and Dissertation Competition.


Your contributions to NOA support its many efforts and activities.

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