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Gate City Bank Young Artist Program Returns for 7th Season

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

Funded largely in part by Gate City Bank with additional support from Anda Properties, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation and The Twin Cities Opera Guild. The four young artists will be spending a total of 10 weeks with FM Opera working on improving their stage skills, singing roles in the FM Opera’s “North of Normal” Chamber Opera production of “Speed Dating Tonight” (coming up in March) and roles in 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, the FM 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 FM 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 FM Opera’s Young Artist Program and give young artists the opportunity to perform their musical art throughout our communities,” said Steve Swiontek, Chairman, President, and CEO of Gate City Bank. “We are 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, Michigan, joins the program this year as the FM Opera’s resident piano and vocal coach. The four young artists that 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).


About Fargo Moorhead Opera

Founded in 1968, the mission of the Fargo Moorhead Opera Company is to ignite enthusiasm for opera through brilliant singing and powerful storytelling. We seek to welcome and nurture new and established audiences and to showcase professional artists.


Each season includes 3-4 fully-staged opera productions along with community and education outreach programming for over 3000+ school children. The company provides the only productions of professional opera available to the regional audience as well as high-quality performance opportunities for international, regional and local professional singers. The goal of FM Opera is to further nurture an appreciation for the art form through artistic productions and educational outreach.


FM Opera is especially proud of the fact that Fargo-Moorhead is the smallest city in America to host a professional opera company, as well as the only professional company within 250+ miles of the FM area.


Learn more at fmopera.org.


About Gate City Bank

A $2.4 billion mutual community bank founded in 1923, Gate City Bank will have 43 locations in 22 communities across North Dakota and central Minnesota. Employing 750 team members, Gate City Bank is committed to making lives better by investing in team members and the communities they serve. Gate City Bank has been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” six years in a row by Prairie Business magazine and was named “Best Bank in North Dakota” by Forbes magazine in 2019. Additional information is available at www.gatecity.bank.


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