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 $10,000 a year to help each artist achieve their goals. Following a stringent application and audition process, we invite 20 -25 students to take part in our program each summer. Many of these are returning students, with only about 5-6 new students admitted each year. 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 small 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. 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, 270 Hillcrest Drive, Reno, NV  89509.  You can also donate by clicking the button below.

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

Moira Johnson Consulting at:, telephone 613-292-4775.

We thank you for your interest and generous support.


Patron $10,000-$20,000

Wagner Society of Washington DC
John J. Pohanka Family Foundation
Howard and Sarah D. Solomon Foundation
E.L. Cord Foundation

Benefactor $5,000-$9,999

Heidemarie Rochlin Trust
The Marc & Eva Stern Foundation
Edna & Bruno Benna Foundation

Patner $2,500-$4,999


Sustainer $1,000-$2,499

Rachel Dolbier
Joan Henkelmann
Richard Gaddes
Dr. Steven Carroll
Judith Cole
William Wahl
John McCall
Heidemarie Rochlin Trust

Friend $500-$999

Cindy Battisti – Opera Bracelets
Jacob Will Jr.
Marilyn Hewitt
Joan Gibb
Joan Henkelman

Supporter $250-$499

Francine Mannix
Eugene & Mary Nelson
Dorothy Lienau
Chris Chrystal
Becky Earl
Kristin Karlyn-Navarro

Affiliate $100-$249 

Cesar Ulloa
Gerald Faris
Naomi Feigal
Joe Ann Stenstrom
Coppes Consulting
Chistel Hinckley
Beth Sunheim
Carol Eyre
Henry & Elizabeth Thumann
Anne Simone

Contributor $25-$99

Joyce Burkholder
Fred Dear
Ann Recknor
Wendell Norris


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