2018 Jandon Lecture- Sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora
2018 Jandon Lecture
Sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora, Co-Founders and Co- Executive Directors, Sing for Hope
April 12, 6:30 PM, Humanities Theater
Free and open to the public
Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora embody the ideals of the socially-minded artistpreneur, building a thriving arts non-profit organization while simultaneously pursuing careers as opera singers. Now in its tenth year, Sing for Hope mobilizes volunteer artists to provide arts programming in under served areas of New York City. With a mission of “Art for All,” Yunus and Zamora have taken an innovative approach to arts outreach, by envisioning a world in which all individuals are not solely appreciators of art, but active participants in the artistic process. Their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to social justice have fueled their mission to make art radically accessible, whether through the Sing for Hope Pianos project, healing arts, or youth arts programs. Their work touches upon the challenges of funding, the importance of partnerships within the public and private sectors, communication, audience engagement, innovations in marketing, and the application of entrepreneurial approaches to achieving social justice goals.
More about the artists:
Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. Ms. Yunus has performed with the world’s leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Zouk Festival, and in recitals in Spain, Guatemala, and her native Bangladesh. She has been named a 2016 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award, as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1, and named one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. A leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, she has performed and spoken at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations. Recently, she joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music teaching a class entitled, Artist as Entrepreneur. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard
Camille Zamora is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, with ensembles including London Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio and Sirius. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. A regular contributor to The Huffington Postand a leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, Camille has performed and spoken at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations.