The new Opera Direction Certificate at Ithaca College provides a focused way to develop the necessary skills for directing an opera production and aims to support those interested in becoming a confident, successful opera stage director. The program will host its first class during the spring 2022 semester, which will run from January until May.
“The launch of the Opera Direction professional certificate is an exciting first step for the new Graduate and Professional Studies focus within the college,” said Christina Moylan, associate provost for graduate and professional studies. “It steps outside of our traditional educational model to bring the incredible expertise of our faculty and access to our beautiful campus facilities to a new global audience. The creativity that Dawn Pierce brought to this effort exemplifies the type of innovation that we are committed to supporting in alignment with the college's strategic plan.”
Dawn Pierce, the artistic and faculty director of the program, first started thinking about this program four years ago as she was preparing to co-teach an opera workshop. At the time, she felt like there was a lack of resources in the area of opera direction.
“I started to research what was out there, but the only options I found were longer degree programs. I already have an advanced degree, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to go that far,” said Pierce. “I started thinking that there really should be something at Ithaca College to fill this need.”