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Remember: Tempo board applications are due by Friday

Up-and-coming professionals, remember to submit your Tempo board and committee applications by the end of the day on Friday.

Tempo — Minnesota Opera’s young professionals group — is a member-driven organization that depends on dedicated members just like you to serve as its leaders. Board members are responsible for promoting Tempo in the community, planning events and keeping the Tempo audience informed of the latest news.

Below are more specifics on leadership roles with Tempo.

Board members

Tempo directors (board members) serve as officers, committee chairs and members at large, in addition to joining one of Tempo’s three committees: marketing, membership, or programming. Serving as a director is an excellent way to learn about Minnesota Opera, and board members have a unique opportunity to work with opera staff and impact Tempo as an organization. Duties are listed below.

– Board directors are Tempo members! If you’re not a member now, that’s okay, but you must have an active membership at the time of your first board or committee meeting.

– Attend monthly board and committee meetings. The board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Minnesota Opera Center, and committees conduct separate monthly meetings — typically a time commitment of two to four hours per month.

– Carry out board- and committee-related work. The type of work and time required depends on one’s position on the board and one’s committee.

– Communicate regularly with board and committee members between meetings.

– Attend Tempo’s events! Ok, this is an easy one. Tempo plans fantastic events! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of them?

Committee members

Committee members serve on one or more of Tempo’s committees but are not on the Tempo board and do not attend board meetings. Serving as a committee member is a great way to be more involved with Tempo, but with less of a time commitment. Committee members must also be Tempo members, attend monthly committee meetings, carry out committee-related work and attend Tempo events.


Applications are due April 1, 2011 and interviews will be conducted in mid- to late-April. The board will vote on candidates at its May 3 meeting, and candidates will be informed of the results shortly thereafter. New leadership terms begin July 1, 2011; the first board meeting for new directors will be July 5.

If you have any questions or would like application materials, email tempo [at]mnopera [dot] org.

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