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Board of Directors and Mission Statement



The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization which works to promote opera through the delivery of quality operatic performances to a large and diverse audience throughout the Coachella Valley.  The Guild helps ensure the future of the art form by encouraging and supporting young singers with financial assistance, performance opportunities and through student and adult Outreach programs. Click here to read about our community programs.


2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Executive Board of Directors

Thomas Patrick, President

 Jordan Varela, Vice President

Jeffrey Roberts, Secretary

Rosemarie Vacano, Treasurer

Jean C. Carrus, Parliamentarian

Bruce Johansen, Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Joseph A. Bartush

Peggy Cravens

Dr. William Fisher

Renée Glickman

Jerry Green

C. Terry Hendrix

Stephen Lind

Barbara Mittlemann

Patrick Mundt

Susan Rice

Roy Schaefer

Marie Staudhammer


Executive Director

Laurie Baldwin, IOM

Office Coordinator

JoAnn Thompson




The Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID: 95-6220739. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  The leadership of the Guild is 100% voluntary.  Officers receive no monetary compensation for services rendered.