About Us

Denver Lyric Opera Guild

Denver Lyric Opera Guild is a non-profit membership organization of over 210 members. DLOG was founded in 1965 to help support the Denver Lyric Opera Company. The opera company was forced to close in 1968, but the Guild pursued other programs in keeping with its purpose to encourage and support young singers and provide continuing education to the members in the appreciation and knowledge of opera.

Competition for Colorado Singers

In 1984, the Guild inaugurated its signature event, the Competition for Colorado Singers, to support singers ages 23-32 in pursuing their operatic careers. Since then, the Guild has awarded $815,400 to Competition winners. Hundreds of young singers have successfully launched their operatic and musical careers since winning the Competition. At the 2020 Competition, $35,500 was awarded to the top 15 finalists. 

Grants

The Guild provides grants to Colorado’s colleges and universities for vocal scholarships, and to apprentice opera programs. Over the years, these grants have totaled almost $775,000 from the earnings on our endowment. Grants are given to the voice performance programs at Colorado State University, Denver University, Metro State University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and young artist apprentice programs of Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Fort Collins, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs.

In 2019, grantees provided scholarships to 36 voice performance students and apprentice artists. In 2020, universities and opera apprentice programs will receive grants totaling $37,500.

Member Education

Opera on Tuesday events are held eight times a year throughout Metro Denver and offer members the opportunity to hear performances from Competition winners, opera students and opera company apprentices. Each year a group goes on a Regional Opera Tour to a Central City performance, and a National Opera Tour takes members and guests to a major U.S. opera venue.

Grants are awarded each year to Colorado’s colleges, universities and apprentice programs for young opera singers in training. The Guild is proud to support the opera scene in Colorado. To date, over $1.5 million has been given in Competition awards and grants.

June 1, 2020–May, 2021 DLOG Elected Officers & Board

2019-2020 DLOG Officers

Deanna Leino
President

Tom Conroy
President Elect

Kathy Van Arsdale
Competition Vice President

Lisa Curtis
Development and Public Relations Vice President

Wendy Cogdal
Education Vice President

Linda Young
Finance Vice President

Gayle Landis
Membership Vice President

Valerie Wassill
Public Relations Vice President

Mary Conroy
Treasurer

Kathy Hammer
Recording Secretary

Mary Jo Weiker
Immediate Past President

Appointed Positions

Phyllis Wicklund
Parliamentarian

Aida Souviron
Corresponding Secretary

Chris Barrington
Communications

Committees

Finance
Education
Public Relations
Communications
Nominating
Special Events
Summer Party
Regional Opera Tours
Tours
Proofreaders

DLOG Collegiate and Young Artists Grants

Denver Lyric Opera Guild Grants to universities and young artist training programs are made possible through the generosity of Guild Members and by established funds from the endowment portfolio. In 2020, universities and opera apprentice programs will receive grants totaling $37,500.

 

2020 Collegiate Grants

Colorado State University
Department of Music

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Music

Eklund Opera
University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Denver
Lamont School of Music

University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre

2020 Young Artists Program Grants

Central City Opera
Young Artists Program

Opera Colorado
Artists In Residence Program

Opera Fort Collins
Apprentice Artists Program

Opera Theatre of the Rockies
Artists and Outreach Ensemble

 

 

2019 Young Artists Grant Recipients

Colorado State University
Department of Music
Bridget Perez

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Music
Kinsey Scholl

Eklund Opera
University of Colorado Boulder
Kaisa Herrmann

University of Denver
Lamont School of Music
Justin Given, Valeria De Luna-kent,
Macy Andrus, Victoria Minton,
Sarah Sherman

University Of Northern Colorado
Opera Theatre
Clayton Capra, Chavilah Anderson-Clare,
Sarah Kochevar, Caitlin Hammon Moore,
Carlos Pedroza

Central City Opera
Young Artists Program
Matthew Peterson

Opera Colorado
Artists In Residence
Funds distributed among seven Opera Colorado Young Artists

Opera Fort Collins
Apprentice Artists Program
Funds distributed among six apprentice artists

2019 Young Artists Grant Recipients
Opera Theatre Of The Rockies
Funds distributed within the artists
and outreach ensemble

 

 

The Guild is proud to be encouraging the opera scene here in Colorado. To date, over $1,500,000 has been given in competition awards and grants.

 

 

Contribute to our mission while engaging in exciting events! A great way to meet opera lovers and support budding singers of tomorrow.

The DLOG Competition makes it possible for Colorado singers to gain the necessary experience and performance opportunities needed to advance our careers in opera, propelling us to the next level. I am so grateful for the generosity and immense support from your members and sponsors.

Sarah Cambidge

Multiple year Competition winner and alumnae of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship

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