Twin Cities Opera Guild

A nonprofit organization

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The Twin Cities Opera Guild is dedicated to opera education & outreach, both in the schools and for the general public throughout Minnesota.

In 1952 a new organization, known as the Women’s Guild of the St. Paul Civic Opera, entered the Twin Cities music scene. As an auxiliary to the St. Paul Civic Opera Company, its mission was to help sell tickets for performances and to support the opera company by raising funds to offset expenses.

In 1962, the Candlelight Dinner was created and was primarily a social event. Educational programs in the schools began in the early 60’s and fundraising reached a new level. In 1976, the St. Paul Civic Opera merged with Minnesota Opera, and the Women’s Guild voted to remain an independent organization - the only one of its kind in the nation. The following year the Guild's name was changed to Twin Cities Opera Guild, Inc. to reflect the changing times and its new independent status. Opera Education became the principal mission of the new Guild.

Over the years, several generations of students have benefited from quality Outreach Programs. Some of them are now music teachers, or music professionals. Many are undoubtedly parents, passing on to their children the appreciation for opera and music which they first experienced at Twin Cities Opera Guild programs.

The Opera Guild helps finance delightful musical productions staged by students who work on their own sets and costumes and perform as members of the orchestra and cast. We sponsor special student matinees at operas produced by the Minnesota Opera and other local performing groups. Professional singers and musicians visit schools for interactive programs with students.  In 2017, the Guild reached nearly 29,000 students.

In addition to our school programs, the Opera Guild awards annual scholarships to young singers through the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions program and other established programs for young singers.

The Twin Cites Opera Guild is a national pioneer in opera education for children, introducing students to opera and quality music. Limited opportunities of this kind in today's school systems create ever increasing demand for our resources.

The Guild looks forward to serving future generations of children and young adults, encouraging the love of fine music and a passion for the pageantry of opera. In today's world, TCOG's mission is more important than ever.

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Twin Cities Opera Guild

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1041 Grand Ave, #189