Our partners are other community focused organizations that help OCC reach wider audiences with exceptional musicians, venues, educators, financial support, and performance opportunities. We are so thankful for our partners kindness and involvement with OCC!
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. From the beginning, Opera Omaha was instilled with a spirit of adventure. In the Civic Opera Society’s first season (1958-1959) along with its premiere production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the Joslyn Art Museum Concert Hall, additional performances followed: Puccini’s Tosca, held at Boys Town; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, at Ak-Sar-Ben; and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Technical High School.
The original directors of the corporation were Francis P. Matthews, Henry E. Pusch, Homer C. Rogers, Lloyd E. Skinner (President), and Richard Valente.
The Omaha Civic Opera Society was founded to meet two needs in the community: To provide quality opera entertainment through a community-wide organization. To provide an operatic showcase for the promising vocal talent in the region.
Omaha Public Library
Omaha Public Library strengthens our communities by connecting people with ideas, information, and innovative services. Omaha is a vital and vibrant city, with Omaha Public Library as an essential catalyst, collaborator and connector.
Service Excellence: We provide positive and welcoming experiences to everyone, both online and in person.
Integrity: We are a trusted resource for our communities. We take pride in our commitment to honesty and transparency.
Innovation: We continually seek new and better ways to serve our communities. We anticipate change, and respond quickly.
Community Engagement: We are an integral part of the communities we serve. We seek and nurture relationships with other organizations to develop partnerships that move Omaha forward.
Equal and Inclusive Access: We are free and open to all. We provide programs, services and resources that represent diverse viewpoints, and ensure equitable access to everyone.
Staff Talent: We recognize our staff as our greatest resource. We are passionate about our work, we have fun, and we work together as a team. We trust each other and respect diverse ideas.
Augustana Lutheran Church
Augustana Lutheran is where our Tuesday evening North Omaha choir rehearsals take place.
Augustana Lutheran Church has anchored the corner of 38th and Lafayette since 1951. In 1976, Augustana installed the first female pastor in Nebraska—Lora Gross. She served as associate pastor to the Reverend Vic Schoonover. Since then, Augustana has had four other women pastors. Our current pastor is the Reverend Jan Peterson.
As a progressive congregation, Augustana is concerned with its neighborhood. In the 1970s, Augustana began a ministry called Project Embrace. This summer program for children is offered for six weeks in June and July and offers activities such as crafts, music, computer instruction, and field trips, all within a Christian environment.
Augustana is indeed a community of progressive thinkers. Located in the heart of Midtown Omaha, we’re in the city for good!
St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church
St. Martin of Tours Episcopal is where our Thursday evening South Omaha choir rehearsals take place.
About St. Martin of Tours:
St. Martin of Tours is a small congregation in South Omaha located on 23rd and J Streets.
Rev. Kim Roberts is the Priest in Charge of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in South Omaha. She was born in Omaha and baptized at Trinity Cathedral. She returned to the cathedral in the 90’s and served on the Altar Guild, taught Sunday School, and eventually began a Parish Nurse/Health Ministry program. She was ordained to the Diaconate in 2006 and served at both the cathedral and St. Martin of Tours. She graduated from the Iona School for Ministry in June 2014 and was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2014. She serves as a bi-vocational priest at St. Martin’s and works as a nurse at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran graciously provides our office space.
About Shepherd of the Hill:
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a worship center serving and part of the surrounding Omaha community located near 60th and Sorensen Parkway in Northwest Omaha. Join our fellowship in worship, Kids Church and Bible Study each week.
The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.