Austin Opera Guild

The Austin Opera Guild’s mission is to help provide cultural nourishment to the Central Texas community, as well as provide financial support to Austin Opera.

Guild members enjoy the company of other music lovers through educational and social events and volunteer opportunities throughout the opera season.

We invite you to join us and share our love of opera in Austin.

Austin Opera was founded in 1986 by Artistic/Music Director Walter Ducloux and General Director Joseph McClain. Community leaders Alfred King, Board Chairman, and Gay Ratliff, President, created a strong Board of Trustees dedicated to developing a highly skilled and professional opera company that would round out the already burgeoning arts community in Austin.

That dedication was reinforced on June 11, 1986, at a Guild charter membership meeting hosted by the University of Texas System Chancellor and Mrs. Hans Mark at the historic Bauer House. The meeting was attended by 400 opera enthusiasts who became members. Thus, the Austin Opera Guild, dedicated to supporting Austin Opera and its goals, was founded.

The Guild is 34 years strong and much has evolved. Today, the Guild is an organization that focuses on volunteer service to the Austin Opera company, opera enrichment for our members through social and educational opportunities, and fundraising through Special Events. Austin Opera Guild members plan and assist with fundraising events, like our signature Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction and our fabulous opening night dinners; welcome our visiting artists to Austin; and present educational programs for local schools and our members.

About 250 members make up the Guild, a lifeline for the company and our Central Texas community. There is nothing more rewarding than donating your time, energy, and talent to the Austin Opera. Join the Austin Opera Guild today!

As an Austin Opera Guild member you will make new friends who share your love of opera, learn more about opera and our productions to enhance your opera experience and help Austin Opera thrive and grow!

Additionally, you’ll be invited to three parties and three educational events with members of the opera’s creative teams – all for members only. Guild members love having fun together!



Join Us

Click on the link below to join the Austin Opera Guild and pay your membership dues.

Membership Level choices include:

An active member (individual or couple) is one who volunteers at least two times per year in a Guild sponsored event or activity. Full-time student and associate members are encouraged, but not required, to volunteer.

  • Student (full time) – $25
  • Active, Individual – $100
  • Active, Couple – $130
  • Associate, Individual – $160
  • Associate, Couple – $240

You’ll also have an opportunity to select the committee you’d like to join, which are:

  • Communications Committee
  • Enrichment Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Support Services Committee
  • Volunteer Operations Committee
  • Education & Community Engagement Committee
  • Pre-Opera Dinners Committee
  • Wine Dinner & Auction Committee

For more information or to join by phone, please call (512) 472-5992 or email


Part of the enjoyment of membership in the Austin Opera Guild is volunteering. Through working together, Guild members build life-long friendships. New Guild members are especially encouraged to volunteer. Seasoned Guild members will always be on hand to show you the ropes.


Communications publishes The Libretto, a quarterly printed and electronic newsletter. The Libretto provides information on Guild and Opera activities, volunteer needs, news, and updates. Communications also updates the Guild website.


Educational outreach works with Austin Opera staff to support a docent program, which consists of trained volunteers visiting local schools to introduce students to opera. The program is an expansion of Austin Opera’s “Access Opera” series, which invites students to attend dress rehearsals.


Enrichment coordinates educational programs and special events for Guild members to broaden their understanding and general experience of opera and specifically of Austin Opera productions.


Membership maintains and updates the membership files, sends renewal notices and welcome letters to new members, and produces a new Membership Yearbook each season. Membership also plans and organizes three parties for the Guild membership each year.


Support Services, in consultation with the Austin Opera’s Artistic and General Directors and appropriate staff, oversees visiting artist, chorus and orchestra hospitality. This includes the Orchestra Hospitality Dinner, Chorus Hospitality Lunch, visiting artists welcome baskets and airport welcome.


Volunteer Operations contacts and organizes Guild and Trustee volunteers to assist with Guild and Austin Opera projects and events.


The Serenata Wine Dinner and Auction is a major fundraiser for Austin Opera. Staffed by Guild volunteers, this event seeks to raise funds and broaden the Opera audience.


The Opening Night Dinners are fundraising events for Austin Opera. Guild volunteers plan and execute these events that bring together Opera goers prior to the performances.


Libretto is the Austin Opera Guild’s quarterly newsletter sent by e-mail to all Guild members. It contains news, updates, information and photos about various Guild and Opera events and opportunities.