Chamber Opera Initiative

89% ($1,943)
March 15th, 2016
Raised $1,943 of $2,171

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Chamber Opera Initiative

Chamber Opera Initiative (COI) is a student opera company dedicated to providing students at Northwestern University with unique performance opportunities, innovative productions, and a safe environment in which to be adventurous and grow as artists.

COI was founded in 2015 by former co-Presidents Quinn Middleman and Michael Powell as a performance outlet, and specifically out of love for Handel’s opera Ariodante. The following year, COI produced a double bill of comic operas (Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief and Bizet’s Doctor Miracle)....

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Chamber Opera Initiative (COI) is a new performance group founded by and comprised of music students at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Though we are a student group, there are no university funds available for groups of our kind, which means we need your help to get this season’s production on its feet!

We aim to provide students with not only performance opportunities, but also the chance to develop entrepreneurial skills crucial to achieving success in the professional world. In addition to being musically talented, freelance musicians must act as small-business owners and be proficient in fundraising, production, publicity, self-promotion, and other non-musical fields. We strive to provide our members and participants with the tools they need to succeed in the world of classical music outside of a university setting.

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of opera makes it exciting, but also ends up being quite expensive. Besides the costs of props, scenery, costumes, and renting a performance space, we also need to pay for performance rights, orchestral parts, rehearsal pianists, meetings with expert vocal coaches, and a number of other miscellaneous expenses.

After last year’s successful performance of Handel’s Ariodante, we look forward to presenting a double bill of The Old Maid and the Thief by Giancarlo Menotti and Doctor Miracle by Georges Bizet in March 2016. It will be performed in collaboration with a chamber orchestra and student conductors in Northwestern’s Lutkin Hall on March 5th and March 9th. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!


  • $1,300 Orchestral Parts/Performance Rights
  • $1,500 Rehearsal Resources and Coachings Approx. 100 hours at $15/hour.
  • $400 Production Design
  • $100 Orchestra (Food provided as compensation for orchestral musicians in exchange for volunteering their time.)
  • $200 Venue (Performing spaces available at Northwestern for a nominal fee)
  • $500 Publicity (Posters, performance programs, etc.)

Subtotal: $4,000

Already raised: $2,000

Needed: $2,000


The Old Maid and the Thief

  • Conductor – Hoh Chen
  • Director – Harrah Friedlander
  • Laetitia – Ilana Goldstein
  • Miss Todd – Rachel A. Girty
  • Bob – Daniel Kazenel | Patrick Lynch
  • Miss Pinkerton ­– Phoebe Glowacki | Anna Piparo

Doctor Miracle

  • Conductor –Daniel Brottman
  • Director – Harrah Friedlander
  • Laurette – Amanda Menzie
  • Véronique – Laura Roth
  • Silvio –  Matthew Cummings | Ricky Nan
  • Mayor – Maxwell Seifert

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "COI" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.