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
Carol Franc Buck Foundation

Benefactor $5,000-$9,999

Heidemarie Rochlin Trust
The Marc & Eva Stern Foundation
Ann Ziff

Patner $2,500-$4,999

Ken & Sandra Tokita
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Devita

Sustainer $1,000-$2,499

Joan Henkelmann
Jae Ahn-Benton
William Wahl
John McCall
Lloyd Rogers & Gaia Brown
Audre Slater – LA Philanthropic Comm. for the Arts
Dr. Steven Carroll
Richard Gaddes
Rachel Dolbier
Marilyn Hewitt

Friend $500-$999

Cindy Battisti – Opera Bracelets
Jacob Will Jr.
Joan Gibb
Dr. Lynne Gray
Dorothy Lienau

Supporter $250-$499

Francine Mannix
Eugene & Mary Nelson
Maria Wilkinson
Anne Simone
Becky Earl
Joanne Parrilli

Affiliate $100-$249 

Thomas & Monica Agler
Wendell Norris
Carol Eyre
Joe Ann Stenstrom
Catherine Hancock
Kathleen Ault
Cheryl Fippen
Gerald Faris
Tracey Lane

Contributor $25-$99

Collen Lukoff
Ann Recknor
Fred Dear
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Riley
Elizabeth Thumann
Network for Good


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