HHOT receives 2014 scholarship funds from the JM McDonald Foundation

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In the spring of 1952, J.M. McDonald established the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. This is a trust whose income is to be used as donations to deserving charities.

Primary interests of the Foundation are education, humanities, health, and a variety of social and human services.

As of the year 2005, 53 years after its inception, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. has grown many times over and is active in awarding grants primarily in upstate New York. Thanks to the foresight of J.M. McDonald, Sr., the Foundation will continue the charitable example he modeled years ago.

HHOT Conservatory is awarded scholarship from the Wood Foundation!

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About the Foundation

The Charles R. Wood Foundation was founded in 1978 with its mission to provide assistance to areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts are the beneficiaries of Mr. Wood’s generosity. A Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation with a goal to preserve the mission established by Charles R. Wood.

Vedrana performs Oct 19 with Nacre Dance Company

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Soprano Vedrana Kalas Bubregovic (Mimi in HHOT’s 2012 La Boheme) returns to Hubbard Hall this Saturday, October 19 as a guest artist performing with Nacre Dance Covedranampany.

Nacre’s performance of Anna Sokolow’s “Kaddish” (1945) will be sung by Vedrana as a tribute to the late David Janower, former Maestro of Albany Pro Musica.  This piece was one of the first she performed under his direction.

Click here for tickets or call 518-677-2495.

Nacre Dance Company presents Full Circle
Saturday, October 19 at 8pmHubbard Hall Mainstage
Tickets: $20 general admission / $18 members / $10 students


HHOT conductor wins American Prize

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Congratulations to conductor, Maria Sensi Sellner for her work with HHOT’s LA TRAVIATA in February of 2013!

The American Prize winner:

Maria Sensi Sellner

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner is increasingly recognized for her versatility, clarity, and “gentle directness” that results in moving performances.  This season includes opera performances with Boston Opera Collaborative, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (NY), and Carnegie Mellon University, plus her conducting debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.  She is the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Music Director of the Carnegie Mellon All University Orchestras, and Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  She earned a masters in conducting with Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon, and continued private study with Kenneth Kiesler and Fiora Contino.

Among judges’ comments: “ideal clarity and sensitive pacing, wedding stage and pit comfortably together.”  

See a clip of our Traviata here:

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Hubbard Hall Opera Theater

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Building off of the rich tradition of arts in the Cambridge Valley, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater seeks to bring yet another element of culture to an already bustling center.

We’re HHOT!

The mission of HHOT is to provide classically trained singers and instrumentalists in New England and upstate New York greater opportunities to create something beautiful close to home, while also giving rural audiences the chance to enjoy an opera without having to spend the night in a city to do so.  We also enjoy providing young artists with the chance to perform key roles in a nurturing environment alongside experienced field professionals.

-Alexina Jones, Artistic Director: