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February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I sang in three productions, and helped with production in a variety of capacities. I feel that singing roles with the company gave me a lot of experience as an artist (I am a young soprano, and there's a lot of competition out there!. Doing backstage work helped me pick up some valuable skills that I have been able to apply to other activities. Hillhouse has certainly helped me grow as an artist and a person.

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the ability to start out with nothing and make a fun and enjoyable show. There's usually very small budget, yet people come out with some amazing work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finding out I could do things I never thought I could. I was especially proud of the scene I directed in last year's show. I was given the freedom to do a piece I felt strongly about, and the singers put 110% into the interpretation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedication at all levels. The chorus in particular is made up of really fantastic community members with positive energy.

Ways to make it better...

There was a little more money in the budget. Although we seem to make do with very little, it would help to be able to rent more suitable performing spaces for the productions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of really good spaces for an affordable price in our location, both for rehearsal and performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

The Hillhouse Opera Company (HHOC) is a great asset to the New Haven Community. As a member of the Company I have been a part of all of its productions, including mainstage operas (fully staged and with costumes and orchestra), scenes programs (also staged), concerts and master classes. The productions are always high-quality and professional, and you cannot beat the price (free, with a suggested donation of $10/person, $5 for students and seniors). The talent is mostly from Connecticut, a few have come from New York (HHOC strives to use local talent as part of its mission), and they *are* talented. The Company is still young, but they started out strong and are only getting better as they age.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

building relationships with the community and experiencing quality opera.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really become a strong business in the community that could stimulate the economy (by creating jobs and revenue)as well as inspire the community members through giving them access to a cultural experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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