Young Artist Program

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The Gate City Bank Young Artist Program was founded in 2013. The goal of the Young Artist Program is to enrich young artists through training and stage experience that will enhance their performing abilities from  guest artists, stage directors and the FM Opera General Director, David Hamilton.

Now in it's fifth year, this program is the first of its kind in the region, bringing groups of young professionals to Fargo from mid-January through April of each year. The Young Artists will be available to perform at schools, community events and participate in FM Opera productions - the 2018 season will include "Speed Dating Tonight!" - a comedic one-act opera by Michael Ching that features the 2018 Gate City Bank Young Artists, and principal roles in Handel's "Alcina", directed by Patrick Hansen.

This Young Artist Program is funded by a generous grant from Gate City Bank with additional assistance from the Twin Cities Opera Guild, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation and Anda Properties.

What Young Artists have said

"As a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Young Artist Program in its inaugural year, the four of us were very fortunate.  We were able to help shape the program in a way to be most helpful and valuable to our needs as young singers.  We were treated as professionals in every situation, with our time and talents being utilized to the fullest.  The encouraging environment created by David Hamilton and Eric McEnaney allowed us take the risks necessary to grow as artists, and learn more about our strengths and weaknesses.  I am forever grateful to FM Opera for the months of intense study and self-exploration among wonderful and talented colleagues."  – Hilary Ginther, YAP 2014 

  "The FM Opera Young Artist program allowed me to spend 10 weeks to focus on building important skills such as Stagecraft, and vocal technique and spend time coaching and polishing new repertoire. In addition it allowed me to learn from and work with industry professionals to help hone those skills both in one on one coachings and on stage. I cannot speak highly enough about the time I spent there and what I was able to take away from the program when I was finished. I would highly recommend it to any young artist or emerging professional singer." – Kyle Tomlin, YAP 2014

For more information about the Young Artist Program, contact David Hamilton at

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Board of Directors

General Director
David Hamilton

Sheri Gronhovd-Schrock

Vice President
Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich

Dr. Theodore Kleiman

Michael Sly

Guild Representative
Diane Wolter

Dr. Julie Blehm
Dr. Robert Meili
Martha Moore
Katie Perleberg
Karin Rudd
Eeva Salejarvi
John Stibbe
Deborah Wald

Advisory Board Members
Sue Oatey

Opera America

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