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 of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

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The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

3rd Quarterly Meeting

United World College, Montezuma, NM

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:30 AM

Call to Order:

  • The Third Quarterly Meeting of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “the Guilds,” “Guilds, Inc.” and/or “GI”) was called to order on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 10:54 a.m. at the United World College in Montezuma, NM.


In Attendance:

Gwen Albers, Ursel Albers, Glorianna Atencio, Isabel Becker-Hudson, Susan Benedetti, Carl Bogenhols, Doyle Daves, Pamela Daves, Norman Doggett, Sandy Donaldson, Karen Henderson, Marc Hudson, Eugen Johe, Gertrud Johe, Kevin Johnson, Eileen Madrid, María Teresa Márquez, Lesley Mortimer, William Neis, Mary Pratt, Mandy Pons, Dominic Roybal, Susan Roybal, Fabiola Teter, David Trujillo, Janice Trujillo, Walter Tuzel, Cynthia Turner, Gene Wampfler, Eileen Woodbury, Norman Worth, and Community Engagement Liaison Kyle Gray.


Welcome and Introductions:  President Norman Doggett welcomed all Guild members to a special location, the historic United World College in Montezuma, NM. Norman thanked the Las Vegas Opera Guild for hosting this off-site meeting and arranging the location. The meeting was held on the veranda of the “castle” and there was an optional tour of the campus after the luncheon.


Approval of the Minutes of March 17, 2018:  Sandy Donaldson moved to approve the minutes of the First Quarterly Meeting held March 17, 2018, Lesley Mortimer seconded the motion and the minutes were approved by unanimous vote.


President’s Report – Norman Doggett

Norman reported that he was able to attend only the Education subcommittee meeting of the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Opera at their last gathering, and that Kyle Gray presented Norman’s GI report to the Board at their regular meeting.

He also acknowledged Ursel Albers of the Las Vegas Opera Guild, who has been heavily involved in the guild for the last twenty years, and thanked the LVOG for hosting this quarterly meeting of GI. Norman acknowledged the concern of LVOG for its continuing operation and mentioned that there were several ideas proposed to keep it going. He expressed the support of not only GI, but all of the member guilds in doing what we can to assist LVOG.


Treasurer’s Report Gene Wampfler

Gene provided the Financial Report for the 2nd Quarter of FY2018, ending on March 31.

  • Pledge payments received during the previous quarter totaled $6250, which were passed on to the SFO Education and Community Programs Department.
  • GI received $1320 in new memberships, including 2 new National Memberships, in the previous quarter, which ended March 31. Since that date, GI has received $330 in new memberships, including another new National Member.   
  • Opening Night Dinner: the main activity has been completion of dinner payments for Opening Night. The dinner payments for our 199 attendees are now complete and total nearly $15,500.
  • The current checking account balance is $23,543.27. During the next several months we will be paying expenses, estimated at about $9000 for Opening Night, and about $3300 for the Saturday morning Opera Insiders events.
  • Gene reported that he and J.T. Schneider recently received the final report from the SCORE representative with whom they met regarding questions around allocation of guild funds to anyone outside of The Santa Fe Opera, particularly as a donation to a third party. Gene is in the process of finalizing a memorandum of the findings. This will then be distributed to the board members for further consideration and how best to incorporate the results, possibly into our bylaws or standing rules.
  • A reminder to the guilds went out to turn in their 3rd Quarter pledge payments by June 25.

Gene made a motion to approve payment of pledged funds by Guilds, Inc. to The Santa Fe Opera for the 3rd Quarter of fiscal year 2017-18, in an amount which will reserve necessary operational funds for Guilds Inc. for the upcoming quarter. The motion was seconded by Sandy Donaldson, and the motion passed unanimously.


Guilds, Inc. Chairs’ Reports –

A.    DevelopmentVacant
No report.B.    EducationNancie Dominic (absent)Kyle Gray reported that attendance at Opera Insiders is expected to be at or above normal. Sandy Donaldson asked a question about an item billed to Education in the Treasurer’s report: It was reported that $3300 is spent annually on Opera Insiders coffee, orange juice and muffins. Sandy wondered if this was the best catering option in terms of price, or whether this is expensive. There are 13 Saturdays where coffee, muffins and orange juice are provided free to the public, which breaks down to $253.84 daily. Kyle said Bon Appetit, the caterers that provide meals at The SFO, are providing the best deal and working closely with GI for competitive pricing in the Santa Fe market. Norman Doggett and Eileen Woodbury urged guild members to bring friends and neighbors to the free Saturday backstage tours. Lesley Mortimer asked if they are advertised to the local hotels and Kyle said yes. Teresa Marquez asked if they are advertised on Spanish-language TV and radio stations and Kyle said yes to radio and that he would find out if the free tours are advertised on TV stations.
C.    Membership:  Lesley Mortimer                                     Sept 2017       Nov 2017        Mar 2018        June 2018

Albuquerque                  191                  191                191                       191

Española Valley               70                    70                  74                         65

Las Vegas                       50                    50                  47                         41

Los Alamos                     56                    58                  54                         57

Santa Fe                       369                  383                 386                       380     

Taos                               91                    94                  91                       100

National                           6                  no info               9                           9 

Total                            833                  846                852                        843

 D.    Preview Dinners:  Co-chairs Gwen Albers, Susan Benedetti  

Gwen reported that all guilds have submitted their lists of member teams, which consist of 6 members (five team members plus a captain). This number has been reduced due to The SFO having an intern present each night to check attendees in for the dinner.

E.    Opening Night Celebration Planning Committee: Barbara Anderson-Acosta (absent)Eileen Woodbury reported in Barbara’s absence, noting the following:
  • The gala is sold out! Over 200 attendees are registered.
  • Kathleen Clawson is the Speaker for the evening.
F.    Youth Nights: Isabel Becker-Hudson Norman recognized a report in the Rio Grande Sun honoring Isabel’s decades of service in the public school system as a music teacher.Youth Night dress rehearsals for 2018:
  • Monday, June 25: Candide
  • Tuesday, June 26, Madame Butterfly
  • Tuesday, July 17, The Italian Girl in Algiers
  • Tuesday, July 24, Ariadne auf Naxos

Each guild should have received their 100 tickets; if more are needed, please contact Kyle Gray.

Gwen reported that approximately 75 summer students from United World College will attend a Youth Night this summer.

G.   Nomination Committee: Eileen Woodbury Eileen reported that she has endeavored to keep as many Board officers as would like to remain in their current positions. She distributed the slate of proposed officers for the 2018-2020 term, which will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on September 1, 2018. They are as follows:

Proposed Guilds, Inc. Board Officers for 2018-2020 term
  • President-elect: Karen Henderson (LAOG)
  • Treasurer: Gene Wampfler (AOG)
  • Recording Secretary: Ginny White (LAOG)
  • Corresponding Secretary: Kay Dorko (SFOG)
  • VP for Development: Norman Doggett (EVOG)
  • VP for Education (includes Opera Insiders): Martha Baker (SFOG)
  • Co-VP for Membership: Paul Neuman (TOG)
  • Co-VP for Membership: Bill Swan (TOG)
  • Preview Dinner Chair: Susan Roybal (EVOG)
  • Youth Nights Chair: Isabel Becker-Hudson (EVOG)
  • Opening Night Dinner Chair: Barbara Anderson-Acosta (SFOG)


Report from Community Engagement LiaisonKyle Gray


Opera Storytellers Summer Camp

June 4 – 15, daily sessions from 9:30am – 4:00pm

Santa Fe, Sombra Hall, The Santa Fe Opera

By registration

Contact Brandon Neal for more information:


Guild Friends and Contributors Party

Friday, June 8, 5 to 6:30pm

Wyncote Opera Club

Thank-you event for Guild donors $60+; invitations will be sent via Paperless Post later this week


Arts Advocates’ Night

Monday, June 25, 5:30 to 8pm

Dapples Pavilion and Crosby Theatre

Annual engagement event for arts advocates with dinner and Candide dress rehearsal


Pueblo Opera Program Dinner

Tuesday, June 26, 6 to 8pm

Dapples Pavilion

Annual dinner for POP participants prior to dress rehearsal of Madame Butterfly


Youth Nights at the Opera schedule:

Monday, June 25, Candide

Tuesday, June 26, Madame Butterfly

Tuesday, July 17, The Italian Girl in Algiers

Tuesday, July 24, Ariadne auf Naxos


Tech and the West Symposium & Related Events:

July 8, 3:00 pm

A DISRUPTIVE FUTURES DIALOGUE: Presented in association with Creative Santa Fe

Lensic Performing Arts Center

 A conversation with Doctor Atomic Librettist and Director Peter Sellars and former US Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, moderated by Sam Donaldson.

To learn more and to register:


July 13 -14

Tech and the West is a two-year initiative presented as part of the recent world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and the 2018 production of Doctor Atomic. Continuing the Opera’s commitment to engaging community and broadening the experience and understanding of opera, Tech and the West uses the themes of these productions as the baseline for an intellectual exploration through exhibits, concerts, and symposia. 

To learn more and to register:


Summer Community Concerts

July 19, 7:00pm

Santa Fe: Cathedral Basilica

July 26, 8:30pm

Santa Fe: Cabaret @ Meow Wolf

July 29, 3:00pm

Albuquerque: First Unitarian Church


Membership Reports – need monthly or quarterly membership spreadsheet reports for Tessitura database, to include:

  • Name, address, phone, email, amount, date, etc.

Information Requests: Please allow for 1 to 2 weeks for information requests such as newsletter review, guest speaker inquiries, list and label requests, printed materials, and meeting requests.

There were requests to Kyle for a list of recommended books/movies/background material for Doctor Atomic, which he said he would get from both Oliver Prezant and Andrea Walters and distribute. Kyle was also asked to provide the schedule of Apprentice concerts at the Four Seasons and elsewhere, which are four dates in all.

Individual Guild Reports –

Albuquerque: President Sandy Donaldson reported that AOG is sending two buses of attendees to Opening Night this year. They are planning a recognition dinner for members at the $150 level and up, at which Mr. MacKay and Mr. Meya will be present. She will notify guild presidents. Annual membership meeting will take place on October 7.

Española Valley Guild: President Dominic Roybal reported that EVOG is partnering with LAOG for an Apprentice concert on June 17 at Fuller Lodge. They are hosting a dessert reception for their youth night guests on June 26, and having a tailgate/group-attended performance for Madame Butterfly on August 4.

Las Vegas Guild: President Ursel Albers reported that she believes there could be renewed interest in getting a bus trip together to the Opera next year, as they could possibly get participants to sign up for both the Opera and a trip to the new Tesuque casino being built next door.

Los Alamos: President Karen Henderson reported that LAOG has been very busy hosting/attending the many events in Los Alamos this season around Doctor Atomic. LAOG received a significant donation from the family of a member of Young Voices, in the amount of $600. “Opera on the Rocks” will be held on September 15, 2018, in a slightly different format from previous years with selection from three operas.

Santa Fe: President Judy Costlow was not present as she was busy with the SFOG Meet the Apprentice Singers party. Eileen Woodbury reported that SFOG is planning a “Meet the Diva/Divo” event and will advertise to all the guilds. The annual meeting will take place on August 28.

Taos: President Susan Benedetti reported TOG has a membership brunch in June, a group bus trip in July, and a tailgate in August, and is hosting young adults from “Opera Boot Camp” for a Youth Night this season.


Old Business

A)   Gift from GI to honor Charles MacKay – Norman Doggett
Norman mentioned that GI’s gift of a tree for Charles’s retirement home in Pecos is on order; he asked for a volunteer to help him coordinate ideas for a clever paper tag for guild members to write well-wishes on, to attach to the tree. The tree will be presented at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
B)   Updating of Guilds, Inc. web pages

Please keep Norman apprised of chapter guild events. This is especially important during the Opera season, as many more people are accessing at the SFO and GI websites for information in general.

New Business
A)   Annual Report input from the Guilds – Norman Doggett
Norman is anticipating the compilation of the Annual Report, and asked the Guild Presidents to begin gathering photos to go with their guild report. He also reminded Presidents and Standing Committee chairs to submit a current head shot for the report. Norman distributed copies of the current annual report for reference.

NEXT MEETING:  The Annual meeting will be held at the Ranch Lounge at The Santa Fe Opera, on September 15, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.


President-elect Eileen Woodbury submitted dates for the future fiscal year:

November __, 2018 (TBD – General Director-designate Robert Meya will join us for a welcome/briefing)

March 9, 2019

June 1, 2019 (Off-site, location TBD – suggestions welcome)

September 14, 2019


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Roybal

Recording Secretary of Guilds, Inc.

The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Incorporated
O. Box 2658

 (888) 666-3430, Ext. 100

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation founded in October 1963 

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