Gate City Bank Young Artist Program Returns for 7th Season

The Fargo Moorhead Opera’s Gate City Bank Young Artists Program is headed into its seventh year with the recent arrival of the young artists in Fargo, ND, on February 10, 2020.

The Young Artists Program is funded largely by Gate City Bank, with additional support from Anda Properties, Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation and Twin Cities Opera Guild. The four young artists will be spending a total of 10 weeks with Fargo Moorhead Opera, working on improving their stage skills.

The artists will also take on singing roles in the North of Normal Chamber Opera production of “Speed Dating Tonight” (coming up in March) and the season finale of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” in the early part of April. They will also be performing mini concerts at the Fine Arts Club and Fargo Moorhead Area Music Club, as well as singing for educational outreach events around the Fargo-Moorhead area.

“Gate City Bank’s support of the Young Artist Program at Fargo Moorhead Opera demonstrates an incredible commitment to education and the arts not only in our community but nationwide. This program is integral to the development and career training of our young artists as they embark on their lives as performing artists on stages around the world,” said David Hamilton, General Director of Fargo Moorhead Opera and the Young Artist Program. “Gate City Bank’s support tangibly fosters an appreciation of and pride in the arts community of Fargo-Moorhead in area schools and throughout the region. This is the only training program of its type in our region for young vocal professional artists.”

“Gate City Bank is proud to sponsor the Fargo Moorhead Opera’s Young Artist Program and give young artists the opportunity to perform their musical art throughout our communities,” said Steve Swiontek, Chairman, President & CEO of Gate City Bank. “We’re committed to creating a better way of life for our customers, communities and team members, and this investment supports that mission.”

Neill Campbell, currently living in East Lansing, MI, joins the program this year as Fargo Moorhead Opera’s resident piano and vocal coach. The four young artists who were selected from over 230 applicants to participate in this year’s program are Kara Covey (Texas), Rebecca Sacks (Pennsylvania), Gabriel Hernandez (New York) and Ryan Hill (North Carolina).

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