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Sharing with young people the best of music written for the stage ...


PLEASE CALL (803) 237-1849
for booking informatio

A NEW OPERA by Keith Jameson

based on the children's book by Roger Duvoisin


 Our business partners:

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4100 W. Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 254-7519

 2744 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204

FBN is supported in part by








Thank you for a great performance.  The students I teach are four year olds that are
all at risk and do not get to enjoy the arts therefore, this was a delightful treat for them and myself.”  
Mitch Hines K4 teacher Spartanburg District 7  October 2005


“It was our greatest pleasure to have The Telephone performance for the student body.  The cast and musicians were excellent and professional... Several young people have mentioned their interest in the performing arts after the production. It was truly an enlightening, educational while simultaneously entertaining experience.”
Chris Todd, Art Teacher

Mabry Junior High, Inman, SC.            
October 16, 2001



“The students were both delighted and stimulated by what I am sure for nearly all of them was their first introduction to opera.  This educational introduction to opera will be something...our students will benefit from the rest of their lives.”

Kate W. Bannister, Principal
Augusta Circle Elem School, Greenville, SC.
May 2002

To experience live musical theatre and develop analytical skills
“I really enjoyed the performance...I loved how you sang opera in French, Italilian (sic), and in English. They were very good.” 
Review of “Character in Song”
Katie Stokes, 6th grade
Beech Springs Intermediate School


To hone their professional skill


“Since the performances were for youth, communication became the highest priority.  This, in itself helped me to grow immensely as an artist.”  
Kate Callahan, soprano




in venues all over South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia - including performances with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

160,000 PLUS young people and those young in heart have attended a performance since 1993.
61 YOUNG SINGERS from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Mississippi, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, Vermont and Colorado.




With a lot of help including ...
Patrons from 27 states and 6 countries who believe in arts education


State and local government SC Arts Commission & Richland County Council Discretionary Fund
Foundations such as The Lipscomb Family Foundation, The Fat Cat Foundation and The Central Carolina Community Foundation, Nancy Forsyth Noblin Foundation
Businesses such as BellSouth, Palmetto Paper Products, Leevy Law, Guy White & Associates, Rice Music House, Colonial Woodworks, Inc.
Volunteer support across the Southeast and the nation.

Cooperation with the Columbia Music Festival Association (CMFA), Richland County Public Library, McClevey Center for the Arts (York, SC), Opera Guild of Greater Columbia, Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, OPAS (Greensboro, GA) United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (NC), Jasper County Cultural Council, Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties, Barnwell County Arts CommissionTHE LINKS  (Gastonia, NC), Opera at USC, Opera Society of Aiken (Aiken, SC)


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Ellen Douglas Schlaefer, General Director
716 Old Forge Road
Chapin, SC 29036
FAX: 803-254-9452