Here is what some of our alums had to say when notified of the Merola Artists Emergency Fund:
"Merola is a one of a kind, world-class artistic training program for young professionals that not only develops your talent, but also nurtures and supports the artist during and long after the program is over. Truly like family. I have always said: Merola is the Gift that Keeps Giving. Thank you Merola for your continued support over the years. It means the world to me and so many." – Kevin Thompson ('10)
"I cannot help myself but write back immediately to express my gratitude. To everyone involved, thank you for thinking of us and supporting us especially in a time that Merola will also feel some loss." – Toni Marie Palmertree ('15) - her contract at the Metropolitan Opera was canceled for March/April of 2020.
"We were both recipients of the Merola Artists Emergency Fund, which was a huge game changer for us. In a career that’s already so uncertain, without Merola helping singers like us in these troubled times there is no way we would be hanging on." – Sarah Cambidge ('16) and Kyle van Schoonhoven ('16)
"What extraordinary news - thank you SO much for this amazing resource. It will make such a huge difference in my life, and in the lives of all recent Merolini." – Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ('16) - lost two performances and a recording at the Chateau de Versailles in April of 2020.
"I was truly looking at a bleak situation and with the future so uncertain, this literally changed everything. It allowed me to survive a little while longer while I wait out what appears to be a never ending storm of cancellations. And knowing that no matter how far away I am, you all have my back means the world to me." – Isaac Frishman ('16)
"I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be a Merolini. At every turn of my career since being at Merola, you guys have been the most supportive organization. You are amazing."– Mary Evelyn Hangley ('16) - was scheduled to sing Leonora in Pensacola Opera’s production of Il trovatore in March of 2020 which was canceled.
"I’m not sure I can emphasize just how significant the support from Merola has been during this harrowing year. Merola has gone above and beyond to give support to singers during these devastating cancelations, as we are filled with concern and anxiety around our livelihood. But to not feel alone with this burden has been such a gift and a relief, and I’m so thankful to Merola and all their generous patrons for the Merola Artists Emergency Fund." – Felicia Moore (’17)
"Without the Merola Artists Emergency Fund, I wouldn’t have been able to make music for months and I truly owe you all. It’s my biggest point of pride to share how helpful the Merola family has been to me over the years." – Marlen Nahhas ('18)
"It is a difficult time for everyone right now, but it is especially scary for a foreigner who doesn’t have any family in the US… Merola has been like a family to me during the COVID-19 crisis, and the Artists Emergency Fund has given me immense support. Words cannot express what this means to me and how thankful I am to you." – WooYoung Yoon ('18)
"The condition of today's world suddenly shook the lives of numerous artists in ways we never thought imaginable. Yet, Merola's response with the Artists Emergency Fund was reassurance that we wouldn't have to endure this alone, and for that, I am immensely grateful. God bless you all!" – Amber R. Monroe ('19)
"Your support means the world to me and I could not be more proud to call Merola my family. The financial support is certainly meaningful and can undoubtedly make differences in young artists’ lives, but what is even more meaningful is knowing we have a support system such as Merola." – Nicholas Roehler ('19)