The Mission of Thy Will Be Done, Production and Performance Fund, Inc., is to secure resources for the creation and production of works by Angela Rice which contribute to the building of the fabric of society by combining the highest quality of musical composition and performance with spirituality and ethics enhancing the arts in central Kentucky.
Thy Will Be Done by Angela Rice the brilliant Kentucky born composer of over 200 works is in its sixth year of production. Produced each year by Dr. Everett McCovey with Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay singing the lead every year the performance has risen to become one of the finest musical performances offered in Kentucky on an annual basis. The Singletary Center on the University of Kentucky Campus now provides one of the finest venues available in the South. Increased funding each year has now allowed for nationally renowned full orchestration and directorship under Robert Baldwin and the addition of the Lexington Singers. Certainly Thy Will Be Done is the finest Oratorio offered in Kentucky each year.
THY WILL BE DONE prepared and preformed an Oratorio on March 13, 2016, with over two hundred musicians and vocalists from all over the United States. The performance marked the fifth consecutive year of the performance of the work by Lexington composer Angela Rice. Over six hundred persons were in attendance at the Singletary Center on the campus on the University of Kentucky. The Performance was marked by full orchestration by composer Professor Joseph Baber, composer in Residence of the University of Kentucky, and was produced by Dr. Everett McCovey, Director of Opera of the University of Kentucky.
The uniqueness of the performance lies in the unique compelling melodies of the composer, Angela Rice, coupled with professional orchestration, by Joe Baber and world class performances including Mr. Gregory Turay a long-time performer with the Metropolitan Opera.
As composer/executive director I have been gratified to see the development of my work over the years. In very real work Thy Will Be Done has been my gift to others.
From the governance perspective, discuss the successes and challenges facing your organization...
... Thanks to the talent of local composer Angela Rice, the production has grown in quality to an oratorio, from a cantata.
... Securing the annual leadership commitment, as Executive Director, and "ownership" of the highly respected, local talent, Dr. Everett McCorvey, UK Director of Opera and Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies holder.
... Expanding local "ownership" by securing highly visible local talent in key performance roles, including Metropolitan Opera Tenor Gregory Turay as Jesus, the Lexington Singers as the choir, and members of the Lexington Philharmonic on instruments.
... Establishing tradition and enhanced visibility that comes with an annual performance(s) to a growing audience.
... Furthering the annual tradition by securing the prestigious venue of the UK Singletary Center.
... Increasing visibility and legitimacy in a cooperative working relationship with the BlueGrass Community Foundation.
... Expanding volunteer leadership opportunities and growing the volunteer base.
... Raising necessary funding from private gifts.
... Formalizing an advisory board during 2015; and, completing the Bylaws and mission statement.
... Evolving into a 501(c)(3) during 2016.
... Further entrenching the annual tradition by stabilizing the venue, number of performances, etc.
... Effectively identifying Board leadership needs; then, identifying, recruiting and training Board members.
... Leadership and consistency with effective annual fund raising.
... Effectively targeting and reaching the potential audience, thus increasing visibility, attendance, and revenue generated from ticket sales.
... Finalizing and adhering to an annual budget.
... Hiring necessary administrative support and establishing accountability.
... Planning, both short and long range.
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