Women’s Guild

Women’s Guild Officers

Penny Baumer

Administrative VP
Virginia Blanque

Education VPs  
Linda Ibert
Kate Ferg

Fundraising VP
Karen Villavaso

Guild Home Reservations VP
Ann Duffy

Home VP
Dee Long

Membership VP 
Margie Breeden

Social VP
Kathleen Robert 

Recording Secretary
Stephanie Sheridan

Corresponding Secretary   
Melissa Gordon

Financial Secretary 
Jane Miller

Sonya Moore

Special Advisors 
Erin Fleming
Jean Rice

Amy Cioll 

Ashley Pradel

Immediate Past President
Betsy Dowling

Founded in 1947, the purpose of the Women’s Guild is to promote and foster cultural aspects of opera and to cooperate with the New Orleans Opera Association through the sale of season subscriptions, fundraising, and serving as custodians of the Opera Guild Home.


Membership is open to women ages 21 and above who have an interest in supporting the New Orleans Opera Association through fundraising and educational events. Make new friends and help connect people to the joy of opera. With over 350 members, the Women’s Guild ensures the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans’ culture.

Please email the  Membership VP to receive an application for membership. Membership dues are $50 per year and include:

  • Attendance at the General Fall Meeting and Past President’s Reception
  • Attendance at the Eggnog Party and Holiday Boutique
  • Attendance at the Annual meeting and luncheon

2016-2017 Fundraising Events

  • The Opera Gala was held on Friday, September 16, 2016
  • The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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