Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990, and since that time, the support group's membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. An additional 16,000 subscribers now receive a variety of free and fee-based services.
New Symphonia Director
Carolyn S. Keurajian has been named the new executive director of the Williamsburg Symphonia.
Keurajian, who recently moved to Williamsburg from New Jersey, has a background in education, event management and musical performance. She recently organized the A Cappella Sing-Off, a December fundraiser to benefit Literacy for Life and the Williamsburg Choral Guild.
Keurajian has taken over for Harry Burton, who retired at the end of 2012 after 10 years.
On Feb. 19, Music Director Janna Hymes will conduct the symphonia in "Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to The Beatles" in the Williamsburg Lodge. The orchestra presents a five-concert Masterworks Series plus holiday pops and other concerts throughout the year. More information is available online at http://www.williamsburgsymphonia.org.
Arts Commission Workshop
The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a free application assistance workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 8, at The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News.
Program Coordinator Cathy Welborn and Arts in Education Coordinator Tiffany Glass Ferreira will provide an overview of grant programs, updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application procedures, and general tips on preparing competitive proposals for the March 1, 2013, and April 1, 2013, application deadlines.
The commission makes grants in several categories: General Operating Support Grants for Arts Organizations, Project Grants, Local Government Challenge Grants, Artists In Education Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, Touring Assistance for Presenters, and applications for inclusion in the Performing Arts Tour Directory and the Artist Roster.
Participants are encouraged to download the 2013-2014 Online Guidelines for Funding as well as applications available online at http://www.arts.virginia.gov and bring them to the workshop.
More information is available by calling 804-225-3132.
Arts Festival grant
The Virginia Arts Festival has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $15,000 to support its 2013 Dance Series titled "Cultivating Community through Dance."
The festival grant was one of 832 totaling $23.3 million awarded nationwide. It was one of two Virginia arts organizations who received a grant in the most recent round of dance awards.
"Cultivating Community through Dance" is a dance residency that includes the presentation of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Keigwin + Company, and the Richmond Ballet. The 2013 dance events to be presented by the festival include public performances, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and a community engagement project in which Keigwin+Company will work with local dancers.
The 17th annual festival will take place from April 15 to May 27. Information is available online at http://www.vafest.org.