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 productions of grand opera, to collaborate with regional performing and arts groups and to develop successful educational outreach programs for adults and youth.
Board of Directors and Artistic Personnel
Lee C. Swartz - President & Treasurer
Frances H. Swartz - Past President
Christyan Seay - Vice President
Nicholas Spock, Jr. - Secretary
Jayne Buchwach - Board Member
Tami Swartz - Executive Director and Artistic Director