Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bereniece Jones is Artistic Director of Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene, Oregon

[Cast: Top (left to right): Kevin Helppie, Don Kelley, Phillip Engdahl, Nicholas Larson
Second row (left to right): Derek Larson, Marieke Schuurs, Sandy Naishtat, Jan Kirkpatrick, Lauren Servias (accompanist), Webb Parker
Bottom row: Bereniece Jones, Nicole Knight, Catherine Olson]

Bereniece Jones signed the Guest Book at AfriClassical.com on Tuesday, September 22, 2009: “Thank you so much for your hard work and contribution to the scholarship of classical music! I and my students will be taking advantage of what you have offered here! From: Oregon Web Site: Cascadia Concert Opera.”

The company's website elaborates on its mission: “Cascadia Concert Opera is the creative impulse of Bereniece Jones, Marieke Schuurs and Jan Kirkpatrick.” “Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit, co-operative, summer season, concert opera company based in Eugene, Oregon. We are a professional ensemble made up of local opera singers who present entire operas in a more intimate, concert form and in English. CCO is committed to sharing opera as an art form in various venues throughout the Oregon/Washington Cascades area, to bring opera to new audiences and do our part to help keep opera's presence in our Pacific Northwest arts culture.”

Bereniece Jones, Artistic Director
“Currently, Bereniece is an intern for Eugene Opera and she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a supporting area of Arts Administration at the U of O where she is a Graduate Teaching Fellow.” Bereniece Jones co-founded Genesis Opera of Chicago in 2000. “Bereniece collaborated with the International Music Foundation to present opera and art song to the students of Chicago Public Schools.
Bereniece also established the Chicago Opera Singers' Acting Project.”

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