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The Austin Opera Guild’s mission is to help provide cultural nourishment to the Central Texas community, as well as provide financial support to Austin Opera.

Guild members enjoy the company of other music lovers through educational and social events and volunteer opportunities throughout the opera season.

We invite you to join us and share our love of opera in Austin. Please read the President’s Welcome from Guild President Paula Kothmann Preston.

Austin Opera was founded in 1986 by Artistic/Music Director Walter Ducloux and General Director Joseph McClain. Community leaders Alfred King, Board Chairman, and Gay Ratliff, President, created a strong Board of Trustees dedicated to developing a highly skilled and professional opera company that would round out the already burgeoning arts community in Austin.

That dedication was reinforced on June 11, 1986, at a Guild charter membership meeting hosted by University of Texas System Chancellor and Mrs. Hans Mark at the historic Bauer House. The meeting was attended by 400 opera enthusiasts who became members. Thus, the Austin Opera Guild, dedicated to supporting Austin Opera and its goals, was founded.

The Guild is 28 years strong and much has evolved. Today, the Guild is an organization that focuses on volunteer service to the Austin Opera company, opera enrichment for our members through social and educational opportunities, and fundraising through the Guild Boutique and Special Events.

Almost 300 members make up the Guild, a lifeline for the company and our Central Texas community. There is nothing more rewarding than donating your time, energy, and talent to the Austin Opera. Join the Austin Opera Guild today!

2014 ALO mask design

Dear Music Lovers,

The pleasure of your company is requested at a variety of events during our 2014-2015 Season 28.  The Austin Opera Guild brings its passion and creativity to both casual and formal gatherings designed to enhance your experience. Get ready for some surprises at ALO!

Our Opening Night on November 8 of A Masked Ball sets an intriguing theme of “masks” that will permeate the season. In January, join us for the danger-spiked passion of Romeo and Juliet in January.  Finally, the season culminates with Don Giovanni , which promises spellbinding entertainment.

What is it about a mask that unlocks your inhibitions?  Tempt your playful—even mischievous—side at our Members’ Party on October 18, 2014, and our Wine Auction and Dinner on February 21, 2015.

Do you have a Saturday subscription?  Indulge yourself in a full experience of Guild-executed Opening Night Dinners with décor and cuisine inspired by each opera’s theme. Tickets to Dinners are open to the public; proceeds help ensure that opera remains a part of the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Are you a Guild Member?  You will have the opportunity to participate fully in the design and execution, as well as enjoyment of events. The planning is half the fun, and the friendships formed are the most valuable benefit of Guild Membership.

Enrichment events unlock for you secrets about the story, music, and direction of each upcoming opera in an intimate setting, usually a private home.

Membership events celebrate the season’s opening, the holidays, and Spring with fellow Members.

Are you not a member yet?  You can join or renew online, by phone, or mail. We’ll host a New Member Welcome Reception and Job Fair to help you discover which committee best matches your interests and availability.

We strive to ensure that you get the most from your membership and feel welcome at all times. Please be sure to contact us if you have ideas, concerns, or kudos you’d like to express.

Cheers to Season 28,
Paula Kothmann Preston, President
Austin Opera Guild

The purpose of Austin Lyric Opera Guild is to encourage community involvement in the development and furtherance of Austin Lyric Opera through volunteer service, and to enrich its membership’s understanding and appreciation of opera.

Besides affording members a deeper level of involvement in the exciting world of opera and helping Austin Lyric Opera maintain its high level of excellence, the Guild offers members many other benefits:

  • Invitation to the preseason kickoff event, which introduces the forthcoming season’s operas, cast members, directors and conductors
  • Invitations to special educational events
  • Advance invitations to the prestigious Wine Dinner & Auction
  • Invitations to three private parties exclusively for Guild members

To join the ALO Guild, simply complete the membership form below:

  • An active member (individual or couple) is one who volunteers at least two times per year in a Guild sponsored event or activity. Full time student and associate members are encouraged, but not required, to volunteer.
  • Please let us know which activities interest you the most.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Guild members are invited to join us for year-round events.


Tues, Jun 3 at 11:30 am
Transition Guild Board Meeting
Paula Kothmann Preston home


Tues, Sept 9 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 1
Eleven Plates


Wed, Oct 8 at …
New Member Welcome
Reception & Volunteer Fair
(Details coming)

Tues, Oct 14 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 2
Eleven Plates

Sat, Oct 18 at 6:00 pm
Fall Kick-Off Party
(Details coming)

Wed, Oct 29 at 7:00 pm
Masked Ball Enrichment
(Details coming)


Sat, Nov 8 at 5:30 pm
Masked Ball Pre-Opera Dinner
Kodosky Lounge

Tues, Nov 11 at 11:30
Guild Board Meeting 3
Eleven Plates


Thurs, Dec 11
Guild Holiday Party
(Details coming)


Tues, Jan 13 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 4
Eleven Plates

Wed, Jan 14 at 7:00 pm
Romeo & Juliet Enrichment
(Details coming)

Sat, Jan 24 at 5:30 pm
Romeo & Juliet Pre-Opera Dinner
The Kodosky Lounge


Tues, Feb 10 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 5
Eleven Plates

MARCH 2014

Tues, Mar 10 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 6
Eleven Plates


Tues, Apr 14 at 11:30 am
Guild Board Meeting 7
Eleven Plates

Wed, Apr 15 at 7:00 pm
Don Giovanni Enrichment
(Details coming)

Sat, Apr 25 at 5:30 pm
Don Giovanni Pre-Opera Dinner
Kodosky Lounge

Thurs, May 21 at 6:00 pm
Spring Membership Party
(Details coming)

Tues, Jun 2 at 11:30 am
Transition Guild Board Meeting
(Details coming)

Part of the enjoyment of membership in the ALO Guild is volunteering. Through working together, Guild members build life-long friendships.  New Guild members are especially encouraged to volunteer. Seasoned Guild members will always be on hand to show you the ropes.

Please check this Web site periodically for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re gearing up for a fabulous 2014-2015 season.  Please check back for new volunteer opportunities!

Paula Kothmann Preston

Marcia Toprac

Past President
Polly Barbaro

Rosy Moore

Steve Barbaro

Mack Lindsey

VP Communication
Margi Feller
Diana Ferguson

VP Guild Enrichment Co-Chairs
Lorie Imken
Dean Dresser

VP Membership
Madeline Nash
Marilyn Davis Rabkin

VP Merchandising
Barry Woltag
Kate Shoop

VP Support Services
Fran Langfitt
Susan Gatlin

VP Volunteer Coordination 
Brenda Wendel
Gretchen Woellner

VP OVI Representative
Craig Kuglen

VP Educational Outreach
Lissa Anderson

Wine Dinner Co-Chairs
Cornelia Wood
Diane Ingram

Pre-Opera Dinner Co-Chairs
Suzanne Breitbach
Marcy Melanson

Paula Damore
Carol Logan
Katharine Shields
Jo Carol Snowden
Cindy Stone
Rose Betty Williams

ALO Guild LibrettoLibretto is the ALO Guild quarterly newsletter sent by e-mail to all Guild members. We cover news, updates, photos and information about various Guild and Opera events and opportunities.

View our latest issue here.

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Austin Lyric Opera Guild
3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100
Austin, Tx 78758

(512) 472-5927
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