The Professional Portfolio of Anthony Offerle

The professional portfolio of Anthony Offerle

Narratives

Description of service and related activites

University of Florida – Service to the institution:

Through my committee service and other related activities within the university community, I support the school and its future success. To that end, I was pleased to be elected by my peers as one of three College of Fine Arts faculty members chosen to serve on the University of Florida Faculty Senate this year. I will serve a three-year term. This governing body is charged with the shared governance of the entire university and addresses numerous issues each month. Not only is this a way in which I have learned much about the organization and procedures of the university but I am able to work within the senate to address matters that are important to the arts. I also serve on several college-wide panels including:

Within the School of Music, I am serving on the Alumni Affairs committee and part of the NASM Review Committee sub-committee which reviews facilities standards. In the last four years, I have been either the chair or a panel member of fourteen graduate and undergraduate recital committees in both the vocal and instrumental areas.

In addition to committee work, I have organized and participated in many special events. This past spring, I was asked to support the Friends of Music Scholarship Campaign by producing a gala concert featuring a wide range of performers and ensembles from within the School of Music. The evening was titled “A Night at the Opera” and featured nearly one-hundred singers and solo and ensemble instrumentalists in a two-hour performance of opera related excerpts. The event raised over fifteen thousand dollars for our program. I have also organized or facilitated twelve master classes and/or panel discussions with such internationally prominent artists as Sherrill Milnes, Frederica von Stade, and Samuel Ramey. On numerous occasions, I have been asked to perform as a soloist for various campus events. These include many of the commencement ceremonies across the campus.

Professional Service:

I am the president of the state chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) which encompasses all of Florida north of Orlando. I was elected in 2005. Previous to coming to the state, I had been the president and vice-president of the South Carolina and New Mexico state chapters from 1998 – 2004. During that time, all of the chapters have seen an increase in membership. It was my goal to build the organization through hosting significant events such as yearly workshops with noted speakers and clinicians and also to hold spring voice auditions where students from around the state can come and compete in a formative learning environment. I am pleased to say that our NATS chapter is growing and the chapters where I previously served are also quite successful.

This past year, I was contacted by the Alexander Street Publishing Company and asked to serve on their panel of nationally recognized opera authorities charged with evaluating their video library. This included reviewing all the titles and working with the project manager to propose augmenting the catalogue with new productions and the proposed elimination of several offerings on the current list. The project was quite large and is being released to the public in 2008.

Service to the Community:

As a community member, I am pleased to work and share my talents with various local groups. I have also lent my support to the North Florida Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) radio and television stations by serving as a guest on-air personality on five separate fundraising campaigns. One of which was as the opera authority for a regional PBS rebroadcast of the original Three Tenors Concert where I spoke to the television audience during six ten-minute pledge breaks about the significance of that performance on the music world and how important it is to help fund the programming of great classical singing. It is my pleasure to sing in the choir of the historic Holy Trinity church in Gainesville and to perform as a soloist in their special concerts. I am also involved with the UF Opera Outreach in concerts at local retirement homes and in opera preview performances and lectures at the regional performing arts center.