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Frequently Asked Questions

What is light opera?

We define light opera as staged shows which are primarily musical and have fewer than two intermissions.

What opportunities are available for those who are not Stanford students?

We invite those who are not studying at Stanford to audition for most of our shows, play in pit orchestras, work backstage, and attend most events. Leadership roles, however, are restricted to Stanford students.

I’ve never been in/worked on an opera before! How can I get involved?

Please reach out to us! We’d love to help you plan and practice your audition/understand the differences (and similarities) between opera and musical theater or concert performance. We occasionally hold audition workshops as well.

SLOCo 2016–17 Board


Hannah Pho is a junior studying music with a concentration in vocal performance. Her second stage role ever was in a high school production of The Pirates of Penzance. She is passionate about opera’s ability to innovate for a new era and bring together artists across disciplines!

Diego Hernandez is a senior majoring in Music with a concentration in Conducting and pursuing a coterminal Master’s in Computer Science. He has music directed SLOCo’s production of Don Giovanni, served as assistant music director for Candide, and played in the pit orchestra for Trouble in Tahiti and The Ballad of Baby Doe. Outside of SLOCo, he also serves as Co-Producer of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra and plays clarinet in various ensembles around campus.

Financial Officer

Miles Petrie is a sophomore studying Economics and Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford. His first production with SLOCo (formerly the Savoyards) was Candide and his most recent project with SLOCo was this past fall’s Speed Dating Tonight, a comic one act opera! Miles studies voice with Wendy Hillhouse and is so happy that this group exists to bring such a wonderful thing like opera to such a wonderful campus!

Music Director

Chris Yoon is a junior studying Music and Computer Science. His first show with SLOCo was as Assistant Music Director of Don Giovanni. Most recently, he music directed Speed Dating Tonight, a comic one act opera! and is currently assistant music directing The Ballad of Baby Doe and associate music directing Ragtime. Chris enjoys collaborating with talented vocalists and instrumentalists to help build a burgeoning light opera community at Stanford.

Community Manager

Tori Testa is a junior studying English with a creative writing emphasis and minoring in Italian. Her first experience with SLOCo was as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide and has since been an active member and facilitator for the SLOCo community. Tori believes in the power of music and art to help us understand each other and the world around us and is thrilled to be a part of a community dedicated to caring and creating together.

Publicity Manager

Garrick Fernandez is a sophomore studying at Stanford University. His first experience with SLOCo was working on projections for Candide/Trouble in Tahiti back when they were called the Savoyards. He splits his time between school, graphic design, and contributing to the theater community at Stanford.


Tiffany Jiang is a sophomore majoring in Music and Biology at Stanford University. She has stage-managed and played in pit orchestras for multiple SLOCo (previously the Savoyards) productions. She plays with several Stanford ensembles and works in the Pacific Free Clinic and Music + Mentorship, a volunteer program that provides free music lessons to beginning band/orchestra programs in East Palo Alto.


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