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To honor Stephen Lord and his remarkable accomplishments, Opera Theatre established the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music, a new endowment fund that supports the musical infrastructure Stephen has built during his tenure with the company.  The new fund was created with a transformational gift of $750,000 from longtime Opera Theatre board member, Patricia G. Hecker. Mrs. Hecker’s leadership gift is a one-to-one challenge, requiring Opera Theatre to raise $750,000 in gifts designated for the new fund.

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We invite you to consider a gift to the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music to honor Maestro Lord’s 25th anniversary as Music Director at Opera Theatre. Your gift will support the talented assistant conductors, repetiteurs, and vocal coaches who provide invaluable training for the company’s young artists, and will sustain OTSL’s national audition tour. Your support at any level is greatly appreciated and will qualify for Mrs. Hecker’s challenge, bringing us closer to our $750,000 goal. 

If you choose to pledge $2,500 or more by March 24, 2017, you will be recognized in Opera Theatre’s 2017 Season Program Book and will have the opportunity to include a special tribute message to Stephen Lord in the commemorative program for the 2017 Center Stage concert. 


ANNIVERSARY CIRCLE: $25,000 - $49,999

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE: $10,000- $24,999

ARTIST CIRCLE: $5,000- $9,999

ANNIVERSARY PATRON: $2,500- $4,999

ARTIST PATRON: $1,000 - $2,499


All gifts to the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music will be placed in Opera Theatre’s permanent, restricted endowment and invested and distributed according to the policies established by OTSL’s Board of Directors. Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges your generosity for the Stephen H. Lord Fund for Music, but is unable to offer Friends of the Festival or Patron Program membership benefits in recognition of your endowment gift.

If you have questions or would like more information about tax deductibility of your gift, please contact Director of Development Nicole Ambos Freber at (314) 963-4222 or