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Join the Young Friends Steering Committee!

Opera Theatre’s Young Friends Steering Committee was formed in 2009 to build interest, appreciation, and passion for opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis by engaging young professionals and exciting a new generation of opera-goers for the 21st century.

The Steering Committee is an enthusiastic group of young professionals who support the organization in a variety of ways: serving as hosts for Young Friends events during the season, planning unique pre-season events (such as Opera Tastings) to introduce opera to new audiences, and providing valuable insights and feedback as OTSL’s audience continues to grow. Members of the Steering Committee also serve as ambassadors for OTSL among their friends and through their professional affiliations.

Volunteer Sign Up Form

During the 2016 season, one Young Friends night is offered for each main season event: La bohème (May 21), Macbeth (June 1), Ariadne on Naxos (June 9), Shalimar the Clown (June 19), and Center Stage (June 21). At each event, a special package price includes a pre-show dinner buffet with open bar and a ticket to the opera, plus the opportunity to mingle with other young professionals with a passion for the arts. Single tickets can be purchased to events, or with a “Pick Two… Or More” Pass, Young Friends can enjoy even greater value by subscribing. Young Friends subscriptions are among Opera Theatre’s most popular ticket packages – with subscribership in the program tripling since its launch in 2012.

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Ashley Buddle

Laurie Locke

Amy Soper


Erika Adams Molly McCann
Heather Benz Arnav Moudgil
Geoff Bowers Isabel Pastrana
Rachel Brandt Lindsay Pattan
Rebecca Buffington Kate Poss-Morency
Paul Cambridge Tyrrell Rodgers
Paul Jorjorian Devin Rodino
Mark Kent Nathan Ruggles
Amanda Koehler Stephanie Ruggles
Anthony Lancia Mary Ann Srenco
Laura Lancia Lindsey Vehlewald
Teresa Lane James Wyrsch
Frecky Lewis Jessie Youngblood
Thomas Limbrick  

Participation in the Young Friends Steering Committee and at Young Friends events is open to anyone under 45 years of age.


Not sure where to get involved? This is a great committee to get your feet wet! Tempos will be called to work on short term or one-time projects throughout the year.
Write and speak to elected officials in support of performing arts funding and related legislation
Present opera-related lectures for schools, senior centers, and community groups
Distribute materials at community programs and events
Provide airport transportation for visiting artists and production personnel
Sell merchandise in our popular Opera Theatre Boutique
Maintain the gardens surrounding Opera Theatre during the season
Dress Rehearsals
Usher or sell refreshments in the theater lobby during May and June dress rehearsals
Type and edit opera libretti
Mailing and Office Assistance
Assemble mailings for Opera Theatre activities, answer phones, and provide office support
Provide temporary housing for visiting singers and seasonal company members
Assist with student and adult education programs throughout the year
Lightwalkers, Dressers, and Supers
Serve as an artist stand-in during lighting rehearsals, assist the costume crew backstage, or be an extra on stage
Young Friends Steering Committee
Engagment and Inclusion Task Force

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