Florida Grand Opera Appoints New Director of Artistic Administration

MIAMI – May 10, 2013 – Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is proud to welcome Julie Maykowski to the team as the new Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program, overseeing all aspects of the company’s music department.

“Having had the pleasure of working with Julie previously, the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to our team will be tremendous,” says General Director and CEO, Susan T. Danis. “Her commitment to opera and young singers will positively impact FGO and our community.”

A dedicated artist, teacher, and administrator, Maykowski has led a life immersed in music and is a self-professed opera and pedagogy fanatic. She has spent the last seven years in the field of development, most recently as Director of Development in Sarasota Opera and Arizona Opera. This deviation from her music career came in 2006, just after receiving her Doctoral of Music Arts degree at the University of Kansas, when she took over Kentucky Opera’s educational programming and Young Artist Program, writing and directing all programs and lectures as well as conducting all her own fundraising.

A lifelong educator, Maykowski worked as a teaching assistant throughout college and taught studio voice as well as served as a guest lecturer in several Midwest universities. She also directed both university and professional productions, including The Consul and The Barber of Seville, and even worked in stage management at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Des Moines Metro Opera.

She completed her Masters of Music at Wichita State University, where she performed the roles of Papagena in The Magic Flute and Nannetta in Falstaff, among others. Maykowski received her Bachelor of Music from Drake University while studying under Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff and enjoying much success in singing competitions. She won her region in National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competitions.

Originally from Colorado, Maykowski fondly recalls first falling in love with opera when seeing a production of La traviata in high school, where she sang and played soccer. “Opera combined athleticism and music in a way that made sense to me,” she said. She now resides in Ft. Lauderdale with her two schnauzers, Abe and Zeke, who are as musical as their owner.

About Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera (FGO), the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida, celebrates its 73rd year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2013-2014 season, celebrating the birthdays of two great operatic composers – Verdi & Wagner. Main stage operas of the season include: Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Nov. 7 – 19, 2013; Verdi’s Nabucco, Jan. 5 – Feb. 8, 2014; Puccini’s Tosca, Mar. 29 – Apr. 12, 2014; and Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, May 3 – 17, 2014.

Founded in 1941 as Greater Miami Opera and later merging with The Opera Guild Inc. in 1994, FGO presents a mixture of standard repertoire and contemporary works as well as commissions new productions – all featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. FGO, recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America. American Airlines is the Official Airline, Intercontinental Miami is the Official Hotel and Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera.

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