The Harrisburg Opera Association was incorporated in 1971, as the "Harrisburg Civic Opera", which name was amended in 1995. In actuality, the organization dates back to the late 1920's, with an interruption of some 15 years through World War II to the late 1950's. In 1993 the organization successfully moved from amateur to professional.
HOA has mounted more than 50 major productions for opera enthusiasts from Central Pennsylvania and beyond. Through the years when opera was considered "art for the elite", Harrisburg Opera not only survived, but also thrived by providing opportunities for local talent and volunteers with production and stage experience.
As HOA continued to grow, the productions become larger, more elaborate and more professional with a steadily increasing budget all with the goal of attracting major talents, assisting emerging young singers and featuring local performers.
Harrisburg Opera Association's mission is to offer the region outstanding artistic productions with emphasis on diversity casting, collaborate with regional groups and develop successful educational, outreach and therapeutic programs that benefit adults and youth for the city of Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Lee C. Swartz - President & Treasurer
Frances H. Swartz - Past President
Christyan Seay - Vice President
Jayne Buchwach - Board Member
Dr. Brian J. Fosnocht - Board Member
Artistic Personnel Tami Swartz - Executive Director & Artistic Director
Timothy Dixon - Arts & Education Officer
Michael Gamon - Arts & Education Officer
Adam C. J. Klein - Arts & Education Officer
Tom Ryan - Arts & Education Officer
Greg Strohman - Arts & Education Officer