Knoxville Opera Guild Volunteers

The strength of Knoxville Opera springs from our multi-talented Guild Volunteers.  Please share your talents with us and volunteer for your favorite activity:

  • Hospitality
  • Rossini Festival International Street Fair
  • Social Event/Fundraiser Planning
  • Social Event Organization, Set up, Decorations, etc.
  • Office Assistance – Mailings
  • Telephoning
  • Computer Skills

If you would like to share your time and talents with us, you can contact us through the Knoxville Opera office at (865) 524-0795 ext. 9. Thank you in advance for your time and efforts!

Happy Booker Volunteer Spirit Award

In 1998 Laura Bower proposed, and the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Opera Guild approved, the establishment of the Happy Booker Volunteer Spirit Award to recognize outstanding work in support of Knoxville Opera. This award pays tribute to Happy Booker, a major force in the founding of Knoxville Opera who remained a vital and involved volunteer until her death in 2002. This award is presented each year to a member of the Guild who has exhibited extraordinary service in furtherance of the goals of the Guild. The recipients to date are:

  • Mark Hill – 1998
  • Jacqueline Ball – 1999
  • Joanne Mounger – 2000
  • Ann Exum – 2001
  • Theresa Stone – 2002
  • Frankie Hulett – 2003
  • Susana Esrequis – 2004
  • Audrey Duncan – 2005
  • Robert Gibson – 2006
  • Jim Stiegler – 2007
  • Margaret Bull – 2008
  • John Butler – 2009
  • Phyllis Driver – 2010
  • Kathy Krohmer – 2011
  • Audrey Duncan – 2012
  • Susana Esrequis – 2013
  • Kimberly Henry – 2014
  • L. Caesar Stair, III – 2015
  • G. Mark Cramolini – 2016
  • Evelyn Hopp – 2017
  • Robin Gold – 2018

Opera Volunteers International

Opera Volunteers International (OVI) is a not-for-profit association of over one hundred opera guilds and other opera volunteer organizations, as well as opera volunteer coordinators who work for opera companies, and hundreds of individual members. They come from throughout the United States and Canada, with a few members in Europe and Australia as well.

Partners in Excellence Awards

The Partners in Excellence Awards was instituted in 1994 by Opera Volunteers International (formerly Opera Guilds International) to recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the success of the opera companies in their communities.

Two members of the Knoxville Opera Guild have been recognized for their achievements by OVI. They are an inspiration to others who may be motivated by their example:

1999 – Happy Booker, a founder of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Opera Guild charter member, fundraiser extraordinaire, and  powerful advocate for the arts.
2002 – Carolyn Sergeant, a founder of Knoxville Opera,Knoxville Opera Guild charter member, Opera Ball Chair, Victorian Teas Chair, and a tireless proponent of opera in the community.

For more information about Knoxville Opera Guild activities, please email