Is there any better investment than nurturing our greatest asset – talented young artists who will represent us across the globe?

It is our strong belief that admittance to the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices be based solely on merit and musical potential – regardless of ability to pay. It costs approximately $8,000 a year to help each artist achieve their goals. We have forty singers in our program, with twenty five at any given time. Generous contributions from sponsors, donors, and foundations allow us to offer the summer program free of tuition to participants except for the Discovery and Introductory programs, which have a $300 tuition fee.

The opera world needs these young singers and these young singers need to pursue their dreams. Your contribution will help guarantee that the world stage will be blessed with great dramatic voices in the years to come.


You can contribute at any level, from the Bel Canto Circle at $50,000 to the Opera Circle at $25,000 to the Donor Circle at $5,000 and the Artist Circle, starting at $50. Contributors and donors will be thanked  through our unique ‘donor recognition’ package which brings together our supporters and our artists in relaxed and entertaining events. Please ask Moira Johnson for details.

The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices is a 501c(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please make checks payable to “The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices” and send to: Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, 5892 Soledad Road, La Jolla, CA 92037. You can also donate by clicking the button below using PayPal.

If you would like to discuss how you can get involved and support The Institute, please contact:

Moira Johnson Consulting at:, telephone 613 565 0666.

We thank you for your interest and generous support.


Diamond $50,000 plus

Carol Franc Buck Foundation

Emerald $10,000 plus

Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts

Gerda Lissner Foundation

Howard and Sarah Solomon

Edna B. and Bruno Benna Foundation

Wagner Society of Washington DC

Ruby $5,000 plus

Marc and Eva Stern Foundation

NIB Foundation

Marilyn Bremer

Audre Slater

David T. and Joan Traitel

Amethyst $2,500 plus

Marcia and Leonard Buck

Rodney J. and Maggie Johnson

Jade $1,000 plus

Eliza Amaral

Heather and John Berkely

Steven Carroll

Madeleine Chiappero*

Judith J. Cole

Rose deVita

Julia Katz

Joan Gibb

Susan and Dr Allan Tall

William Wahl

Garnet $500 plus

Thomas Agler

David and Kathy Ahearn

Elisa Amaral

Margaret and David Barry

Gaia Brown

Rachel Dolbier & Dr. Steve Carroll

Ann Raia Colaneri

Sandy Fisher

Jacob Will Jr.

Opal $250 plus

Joseph F Battista

Julie Beasley

Mikel Boland

Zoi Brees

Barbara Dahl

Judith and Thomas Davis

Frank Ferraro

Jonathan Fore

Robert Gleason

Wylie Hembree

Regina Jackson

Diana Lilley

John S Livermore

Rick Moonen

Thierry and Wendy Preyssler

Joe Ann Stenstrom

Don and Ms Margaret Thompson

Topaz $100 plus

Charles Abou-Ganin

Elena Servi Burgess

Glenn Clemmer

Jeffrey Paul Cunard

George Darden

Richard and Kaya Deckelbaum

Jenna Doughton

Naomi Feigal

Todd and Elaine Fitzpatrick

Thomas Garrity

Ira Harmon

Karen and John Hedrick

Francesco LaFranconi

Gaston Martinez

Carmelo Messina

Amy O'Brien

Urs Schneiter

Martin Stark and Shegemi Matsumoto

Beth Sundheim and Ed Norbett

Mike Milisav Tadich

Eva Tan

William Wypisky

Pearl $50 plus

Carol Der Gary

Ann K. Reknor

* We would like to thank our great friend and donor Madeleine Chiappero, who passed away recently, for her generous support *

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