Membership & Giving

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a year-round performing arts center which presents touring artists of the highest quality in theater, dance, music and other performance genres as well as a Cinema Series with a focus on independent and foreign films. 

Our mission is to present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region, while preserving one of our region’s historically significant landmarks.

We believe that providing access to artistic diversity enriches the quality of life in our community. We offer high quality programming at an affordable price, and work to ensure the long-term financial strength of the Opera House through a responsible balance of earned income and contributed support.

There are many ways you can help support the Opera House, including: 


In addition to the knowledge that you are helping a worthy organization, there are several benefits of membership in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House:

  • listing in the Fredonia Opera House program guide
  • member discount on selected Opera House events
  • voting privileges at the Annual Meeting 
  • advance notice on special events and sales
  • invitations to special members-only events
  • subscription to Backstage, the Opera House member newsletter

To join as a new or renewing member, download our membership form to send with your check made out to the Fredonia Opera House.  Or, you can join using a credit card HERE . (Please note that a $4 processing fee/order is automatically added to this purchase.)


There are several ways to make a fully tax-deductible donation to the Opera House:
Send a check in any amount to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, PO Box 384, Fredonia, NY 14063;
Contribute using a credit card HERE .  (Note: this link features specific contribution amounts; you can select one amount or more than one to add up to an amount with which you are comfortable. Also, a $4 processing fee/order is automatically added to this purchase);
Contribute directly into the Opera House's PayPal account with any credit card using the button below. 


Program Sponsorship

Program sponsorships are available to individuals or businesses interested in assisting the Fredonia Opera House with upcoming events and performances. Sponsorships are available for individual performances or for a series of performances. Benefits of sponsorship include: 

Recognition in all promotional materials including posters, series brochures, program/playbill, postcard mailings, news releases, advertisements and on the Opera House web site

Recognition banner in the Opera House lobby (series sponsors)

A personalized “thank you” from the stage at the performance

Introduction to guest performers before events

Four free tickets to sponsored performance (series sponsors receive four free tickets to ALL Opera House events)

For more information, please contact Executive Director Rick Davis at 716-679-0891. 


Volunteers play a vital role at the Opera House. If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact Marsha Finley at 716-679-0891 for more information about opportunities such as: 

  • Ushering at performances …ushers duties include taking tickets, handing out programs, assisting patrons with special needs and showing patrons to reserved seats. We welcome ushers to our volunteer staff year-round.
  • Administrative Assistance … volunteers with a flexible schedule are contacted “as needed” to help with special mailings, data entry and other office duties.
  • In-Kind Services … individuals and businesses volunteer their time helping to defer overhead costs at the Opera House. Examples of in-kind services have included photography, transportation, carpentry, hospitality, catering, painting, plastering, decorating and cleaning.


Gloria Garretson Memorial Fund

Gloria GarretsonGloria GarretsonTo honor their late mother's devotion to the Opera House, Gloria Garretson's children, Kate and Scott, have created the Gloria Garretson Memorial Fund at the Opera House.

The Fund supports the presentation of those programs Gloria championed and supported during her life, particularly the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival, the Live at the Met Series and the Live in HD series of broadcasts of ballet and theatre.

Contributions to the Fund can be made in any amount at any time through the Opera House Box Office.


In an effort to ensure the future of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and its unique position as a gathering place for community activities, three endowment funds have been established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

          1891 Fredonia Opera House Fund
          Romayne L. and James R. Barrett Fund
          Virginia W. Maytum Fund

Contributions to any of these funds can be made in cash or appreciated property such as stocks.  The principal of your gift is carefully invested and protected, while the interest generated supports the operation of the Opera House on an annual basis.

For more information, contact Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis at 716-679-0891 or the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation at 716-366-4892.