Painted Sky Opera, Inc.
PO Box 969
Edmond OK 73083-0969
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

We present innovative, inspiring opera through performance and education, featuring emerging professional artists in Central Oklahoma.


The Barber of Seville, September 2020
Contact Information
Contact Name Rob Glaubitz
Contact email
Address PO Box 969
Edmond, OK 73083 0969
Phone (405) 293-8855
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address 508 NW 42nd St
Oklahoma City OK 73118
Alternate Phone 303 345-3675
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
To donate by check: send to Painted Sky Opera, PO Box 969, Edmond, OK, 73083-0969
To volunteer or make other types of donations: send an email to 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization Rob Glaubitz
Year Founded 2015
IRS Ruling Year 2016
State Registration Expiration Dec 2020

We present innovative, inspiring opera through performance and education, featuring emerging professional artists in Central Oklahoma.



Painted Sky Opera was founded in September 2015 and is the only professional opera company in Oklahoma City. Our staff includes opera professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience in opera at all levels. We believe our performances serve the general public by improving the quality of life in Oklahoma City and adding a missing dimension to Oklahoma City's vibrant arts community. Our strengths include our organized and collaborative approach, our dynamic artistic vision, our fiscal responsibility, and our values-based approach to organizational culture.

The idea for Painted Sky Opera originated in a casual conversation between co-founders Rob Glaubitz and Barbara DeMaio when they commented that it was strange that Oklahoma City didn't have its own professional opera company considering the popularity of opera in other regional cities and the diversity of the OKC artistic scene. So, after a lot of discussion and planning, the two of them founded the company in 2015 along with co-founders Mikayah Fox and Becky McGuigan. The Painted Sky Opera Board of Directors was formed in September 2015 with Joel Burcham as the founding president of the board.

Impact In our 2018-19 season, Painted Sky Opera has:
1. Produced 4 high quality operatic productions featuring professional singers in Oklahoma City in three venues.
2. Introduced more than 5200 students to opera through our educational outreach programs - a 347%  improvement from our 2017-18 season.
3. Increased attendance by 221% from our 2017-18 season.

Goals for our 2019-20 season:
1. Reach out and begin to build relationships with different OKC communities.
2. Expand educational programs to include more schools and include summer camp for high school students interested in singing opera.
3. Build stronger connection with our patrons through improved communication, personalized box office efforts, and additional patron benefits.

1. Dedicated funding for our educational program - $10,000/yr would allow us to connect at least 7500 students with opera each year. Right now, these programs are funded through a combination of grants and fundraising efforts.

2. Storage space with enough room for a small scenic shop - ideally 1000-2000 sq feet of warehouse with power and easy access to a loading dock as close to downtown OKC as possible.

3. Funding for a full time staff member who can head up development and marketing efforts. Currently, these efforts are headed up by volunteers and board members - $30,000/yr.

4. Various equipment for productions - flat screen tvs, tv stands, wireless and wired theatrical microphones, cabling, steamers (for costumes), electronic pianos and amplifiers, sewing machines, construction power tools (saws, cordless drills, etc.) and more. Everything on this list is something that we are borrowing or renting currently as needed. Various costs. List available on request.

5. Air bnbs or other housing for visiting professional performers. Usually about 3 weeks at a time, private room with access to laundry and cooking facilities.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma

We are a resident company of Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City and perform primarily at venues inside the OKC city limits. We have taken educational outreach programs all over the OKC metro area from Edmond and Guthrie to Norman. As our mission states, we consider ourselves to serve central Oklahoma in our efforts.

However, we do also travel to other cities in Oklahoma that are under-served in the area of professional opera such as Lawton, Enid, and Alva to do outreach and performances. We plan on continuing to reach out to those areas as opportunities arise.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Music
We produce four fully costumed and staged operatic productions a year in venues in Oklahoma City.  Since we are one of the resident companies at Civic Center Music Hall, we typically perform 2 to 3 of these productions at venues within the Civic Center.  To this point, we have produced shows in Freede Little Theatre (266 seats) and CitySpace (85 seats).  Our productions are always produced with costumes, sets, and staging. When it is possible, we perform with an orchestra although one of our regular venues, CitySpace at the Civic Center, does not have room for an orchestra. Operas in foreign languages are presented with English supertitles.
The vast majority of our performers live in Oklahoma and many live within the OKC metro area.  We regularly bring in several singers from outside of Oklahoma when we are unable to hire someone with the specific skill set needed for a particular operatic role.  Our instrumental musicians and production staff are from Oklahoma.
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Our goals for short-term success are in the area of audience building.  We aim to increase our season subscription base to 200 patrons in the next year and to get two-thirds of all new ticket buyers to buy a ticket to a second production in the 2018-19 or 2019-20 season.  
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. The primary long-term goal for us is to build a strong audience for opera in central Oklahoma. To this end, we have chosen to perform in smaller venues that allow us to produce high-quality opera in a more economical way more frequently instead of just large expensive productions once or twice a year. We believe that these smaller venues create opera "evangelists" quickly because patrons have viscerally exciting experiences in an intimate space where every seat is excellent.
We also strive to keep prices low enough that opera remains accessible to most people. To that end, we offer tickets that are on par with or less expensive than other professional theater companies in central Oklahoma and offer discounts to seniors, students, and military. We also reserve seats specifically for heavily discounted student rush tickets and give away several tickets to local universities to interested students. We also have open dress rehearsals in which all students are invited to attend. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Box office records are our primary method of evaluating these programs.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
In our first two productions of our 2018-19 season, our attendance numbers were:
- Rigoletto - 682 tickets sold over three performances (750 seats available), 91% full
- Amahl and the Night Visitors - more than 700 tickets sold over two performances (no max number available due to the nature of the venue, but considerably higher sales than our projections)
We also currently have 148 season subscribers - up from 25 subscribers in our 2017-18 season (the first year we offered subscriptions) 
Our "Intro to Opera" program takes two or three singers and a pianist into elementary and middle schools to perform and teach students about opera. For most of the attendees, our program is the first time they have heard opera in any form. 
Each program lasts about 30-45 minutes and introduces students to basic concepts about opera and classical singing.  These concepts are accompanied by sung examples by the singers.  Students are engaged in discovering these concepts through active learning techniques, including participating in singing improvised opera themselves with the visiting singers.  Typical size of the groups to which our programs are presented range from 200 to 400 students.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Our short-term goal is to connect with 5000-7500 students each year through our operatic outreach programs.  This number would require us to perform at least educational outreach events at 17 different schools during the 2018-19 season.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. The long-term goal of this program is to build the future audience for opera in Oklahoma City by familiarizing students with the basics of opera and eventually encouraging them to attend full length live operas. This goal is supported by research by the Artistic Director of PSO which found that students are far more likely to choose to attend an opera if they have previously been  exposed to opera.  While this seems intuitive, it shows that the vast majority of students in OKC schools are likely to enjoy opera but indicates that they won't become opera attendees without that first exposure to opera.  In ten years, we would like to see a considerably younger skewing audience for opera in Oklahoma City, with survey data showing that at least 25% of our audience for our productions is below the age of 30.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. We keep track of our outreach events and the estimated attendance at them as well as their location and the singers who performed at these events.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. From 2015 to May 2018, we had engaged approximately 2000 students total with our educational outreach programs.  From June 2018 until the present, we have engaged approximately 2500 additional students for a total of 4500 students over the existence of the company.  This dramatic increase in children engaged is largely due to the hiring of part-time educational coordinator and additional grant funding.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Barbara DeMaio
Start Date Jan 2016
Experience Executive Director - American Singers Opera Project 2010-2016
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 10
Staff Retention Rate 85
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Enid Symphony Orchestra - 2 collaborative productions in 2019
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2020
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Laura Wardwell
Company Affiliation Valliance Bank
Term Sept 2020 to Sept 2023
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Kari BarberVoting
Ashley BaumgartnerVoting
Terry BradfieldVoting
Joel BurchamVoting
Riley CleaverVoting
Ronna DavisVoting
Dr. Greg KremplVoting
Becky McGuiganVoting
Lisa Reagan LoveVoting
Emily RemmertVoting
Paula RichmanVoting
Cindy RuffelVoting
Laura WardwellVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are actively looking to increase the diversity of our board of directors.
We are also looking to establish a permanent treasurer since our current treasurer is currently an interim appointment.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2018-July 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $150,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $150,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$91----
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues--$1,045--
Special Events$1,506$5,795--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$94,891$43,287$3,868
Administration Expense$2,300----
Fundraising Expense$11,695----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.182.171.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$74,094$53,990$3,281
Current Assets$74,093$53,990$3,281
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$74,094$53,990$3,281
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $97,350Contributions $60,365Contributions $4,514
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $30,063Earned Revenue $26,662Earned Revenue $2,635
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $1,506Special Events $5,795 --
Endowment? No
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990-EZs.
Note:  The net assets from 2017 & 2016 had a prior period adjustment of ($20) and $92, respectively.  These amounts were added/subtracted as "Other" revenue in order for the net assets to roll properly going forward. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address PO Box 969
Edmond, OK 73083 0969
Primary Phone 405 293-8855
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Barbara DeMaio
Board Chair Laura Wardwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Valliance Bank