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Company Info for Lyrical Opera Theater

Mission Statement

To enrichen Utah communities by providing innovative professional family operas and classical concerts ensuring arts education and performance excellence.

Mission Expanded

  1. Provide opera education and awareness for Utahns by:
    • Increasing accessibility to the finest operas bringing affordable operatic productions into Utah's communities especially the underserved low-income ones demonstrating opera as both entertainment and as a profession.
    • Providing educational outreach assemblies for elementary students and educational materials for 7th grades through adults throughout Utah teaching them about opera.
    • Fostering the talents of local inexperienced and seasoned artists by providing training that culminates in performance opportunities where they can hone their skills by participating and performing in operatic productions and concerts while remaining close to home.
  2. Promote the operatic voice demonstrating its virtuosity, emotional capacity and rich beauty by producing opera in intimate settings that give audiences close-up and personal operatic experiences.
  3. We introduce this old art form to new audiences using innovative technology including full orchestral accompaniment tracks integrated with projection scenery containing supertitle translations and fun facts.

Vision Statement

Lyrical Opera Theater enrichens, educates and entertains Utah communities through participation in and enjoyment of opera.

Core Values. Our guiding principals are:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Reliability
  • Responsibility
  • Discipline
  • Accountability
  • Kindness
  • Creativity
  • Innovativeness
  • Progressiveness
  • Resouceful fiscal management
  • Respect
  • Appreciation
  • Volunteerism
  • Family values

Board of Directors

President: Jessie Pugmire

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Jessie Pugmire, President

Jessica is uniquely qualified as the Board of Directors' President, a job that spans a wide range of knowledge from sales and marketing to stage make-up to designing and creating costumes to language translation. She has several years of experience with working on the board of a non-profit with 3 years each as the treasurer and Vice President of Lyrical Opera Theater. The role of Vice President included overseeing productions, acquiring skills in costuming, foreign language, networking, and sound design, as well as a myriad of assorted necessities of the trade. As Treasurer she oversaw the finances and bookkeeping, along with advising the board of directors on which additional needs were most beneficial for their cost. She grew up training as a musician taking voice, guitar, and violin lessons and singing in choirs. She was a Girl Scout for 13 years and cites it as the best business training a young girl could ever ask for. She volunteers every year for the Utah Pride Festival assisting participating companies with their sales and marketing. She is gifted with languages, continuously studying Italian, Korean, French and a host of other languages. She now owns and operates a sole proprietorship as a professional singer.

Deborah Siddoway, Vice President

Deborah Siddoway: 36 years holding professional, managerial and senior exempt level positions, in communications, business development, strategy, process improvement, organization development and infrastructure. Holds a master's degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Westminster College. Classically trained in opera and Broadway. Seven years performing on stage and in private venues as soloist, in chorus and comperario roles with Lyrical Opera Theater.

Sarah Seamons, Secretary

Sarah Seamons has always been surrounded by music and the arts. She has taken both piano and voice lessons and enjoys being part of musical productions. Sarah has been part of many community and school musical productions and choirs. She has been affiliated with Lyrical Opera Theater for three years and has very much enjoyed being part of their productions during that time.

Sarah has worked as a childcare director for a retirement facility leading teachers and children. She was in charge of the day-to-day operation of this business. Sarah is currently a Data Management Specialist for a company in Park City Utah, where she works with many computer applications, and systems. She has also served as a president and a secretary in some of her church organizations, where she learned organizational skills and how to run meetings. Sarah believes in the mission on Lyrical Opera Theater and is proud to be part of an organization that brings music to so many.

Board of Directors: Christopher Arbizu

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Christopher Arbizu, Board of Directors

Christopher's business acumen lies in identifying emotional triggers in various demographics and working out how to use those triggers in marketing. What do young people like? What do old people like? What do businesspeople like? What do skaters like? What do people into rock and roll like? For example, he bets people who like songs like Bohemian Rhapsody (a tragic song if you look at the lyrics) and the final countdown (a soaring and epic power ballad about space travel if you look at the lyrics) might enjoy opera, because they're similar in a sense of soaring grandiose virtuosity.

But he is also skilled in imagery. Take, for example, the image of a woman in a flowing dress in the middle of a field surrounded by a forest, singing loudly enough to send vibrations through the grass and trees. That could make a great advertisement, right? And not even just for opera, like, you could market skin care or chewing gum like that. (This gum will make you feel like this!) He has spent most of his life marinating in pop culture imagery and TV advertising, examining which ads worked for him and which didn't, reading various books, watching various TV shows and movies, and the result of that is the ability to weave an epic tapestry of words that resonate across the ages. That is why he was chosen to consult on advertising for this company.

Treasurer: Lynnette Owens

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Lynnette Owens, Treasurer

Lynnette Lynnette brings a lifetime of business and performing artist experience to Lyrical Opera Theater. She has run a sole proprietor business for 42 years which includes managing her professional classical singing career and teaching voice and piano lessons. Her voice and piano lesson teaching studio and maintains 35 weekly students. She did professional bookkeeping and financial and business coaching for six years. She founded Lyrical Opera Products, Inc. in 2012 which has served opera companies and singers world-wide with the full orchestral accompaniment tracks it produces for complete operas. Lyrical Opera Theater is her brainchild and her gift to the world. She is enabling opera companies world-wide to produce higher quality more affordable operas promoting the prosperity and longevity of opera.

Staff (volunteer)

Executive Director/Artistic Administrator: Lynnette Owens

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Lynnette Owens, Executive Director & Founder of Lyrical Opera Theater

Lynnette Executive Director/Artistic Administrator, Lynnette Owens: Lynnette brings a lifetime of business and performing artist experience to the leadership helm of Lyrical Opera Theater. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance when she was 22 years old, but her music education began when she started taking piano lessons at the young age of five. She was playing advanced piano songs by age 12. She was a Carnegie Hall soloist with the New England Symphony and a 300-voice chorus in Mozart's Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore. She has thrilled audiences and critics alike with her operatic performances. Her roles have included Madama Butterfly in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Minnie in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème, and Tosca in Puccini's Tosca amongst numerous others. She has performed with Lyrical Opera Theater, Rome Festival Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Amici Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bleeker Street Opera in NYC, MidAmerica Productions, the American West Symphony and the Da Camera Choir and Symphony of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Business-wise…Lynnette has 42 years of experience running various businesses. Her sole proprietorship included managing her classical singing career and teaching private piano and voice lessons regularly maintaining 35 students in her studio. She also did professional bookkeeping for other small businesses and financial coaching for a financial company. She founded Lyrical Opera Products, Inc in 2012 which provides opera products such as full orchestral opera accompaniments for entire operas world-wide and projection scenery, costumes and props to local opera companies. Lyrical Opera Theater is her brainchild and how she is making the world a better place. She is enabling opera companies world-wide to produce higher quality more affordable operas promoting the prosperity and longevity of opera.

Accountants: DIGITs

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Accounting, DIGITs

Accountants - DIGITs: We are dedicated to providing our clients with accurate and dependable high-quality bookkeeping services. We hold ourselves to the Code of Ethics Standards set forth by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and adhere to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We promise and are committed to the confidentiality of our clients' and their business. David Barker is Founder of Business Bookkeeping, LLC. He was educated at Southern Utah State University and over the past 12 years has worked as a bookkeeper, accounting analyst and a subject matter expert for small and large companies. One of our specialties is helping start-up business owners set up their books. We also provide training, easy analysis along with other business tools necessary to be successful. For businesses with established bookkeeping we provide rescue services (such as catch-up), audits, regular bookkeeping maintenance and more. We are dedicated to helping small and medium-size business owners grow and improve their business by providing highly skilled professional services, analysis and reporting.

HR & Compliance Coach: Deborah Siddoway:

Deborah Siddoway, Soprano

Certifications: SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACA

Manages the HR solutions team, and directly assists clients with human resource strategy, management and employment law needs such as employee, leader, and safety handbooks, compliance audits, training, performance management, compensation theory, hiring, termination, conflict resolution and more.

Over 15 years professional compliance and human resources management and consulting experience in the public and private sectors. Earned certificate in Human Resource Management from Westminster College, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), SHRM Senior Certified Profession (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resources Management and ACA Certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

Coordination Officer: Jessie Pugmire

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Jessie Pugmire, President

Jessica has 6 years of experience acting as coordinator officer of Lyrical Opera Theater. In her time in this position she has slowly taken on jobs including scheduling auditions, rehearsals, performances, coachings, and meetings while also coordinating lines of communication, informing artists of casting decisions, scouting and approaching new artists, and more. She began learning the necessary skills for this position from a young age while participating in various leadership, communication, administrative, and logistics classes through the Girl Scouts of America. She sites this as the best business training any young woman could ask for. Possessing no formal education in any field tied to this title she is constantly surprising people and surpassing expectations of skill and consistency in her work.

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