Senior Scholars:
Friday, November 2, 2018 10 a.m.

Maestro James Meenas 

       General Director & Principal Conductor

Opera Carolina

 Tuesday, October 30 at 6 to 7 p.m.

 Queens University 


Hear From the West Charlotte Alumni

 Moderator: Dr. Pamela Grundy

 A panel of engaged community members who graduated West Charlotte share their Charlotte-centric educational experiences.


  • Jesse Cureton, West Charlotte ?78, Queens University of Charlotte, MBA ?02
  • Madge Hopkins, West Charlotte alumna and former vice principal
More information and registration 

Friday, November 2

Maestro James Meenas 

       General Director & Principal Conductor

Opera Carolina


Opera Carolina, founded in 1948 by the Charlotte Music Club as the Charlotte Opera Association, the company was renamed Opera Carolina after its 1986 merger with North Carolina Opera which combined the main stage, educational, and touring operations of the two companies.

Opera Carolina is a member of Opera America and is supported by the Arts and Science Council the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Opera Carolina presents three main stage productions, featuring the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, in the Belk Theater.  Opera Carolina also presented an annual concert, Art  Poetry  Music, at the Knight Theater. Opera Carolina's season begins in October and runs until mid April.

James Meena has also maintained an active career as guest conductor of opera and concerts in the United States and abroad, having conducted the National Symphony ROC, the KBS Symphony Orchestra (Seoul), the Cairo Philharmonic, Orchestra Regionale Toscana and the orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Italy, as well as Opera de Montreal, Portland Opera, Washington Opera as well as the opera companies in Phoenix, Sarasota, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg (Canada) where he led the world premiere performances of Victor Davies The Transit of Venus, which was broadcast nationally over the CBC.

James Meena's performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore, Gounod's Faust and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin have been recorded and broadcast over National Public Radio's World of Opera.

Sign up: Christmas Luncheon
Friday, November 30 @ 12 pm

Organized and coordinated by Carol Kesmodel
Sign up: Field Trip
Tuesday,  December 4th @ 1 pm

The Charlotte Museum of History & The Hezekiah Alexander Home Site

This is a guided tour lasting up to one and half hours.

Cost: Regular $10, Senior: $7, Tour of 30 or more $5

The Museum is the steward of the ca. 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Home Site, a National Register of Historic Places site, and places an emphasis on the settlement of the Carolina Backcountry and the ideas and events that led to the American Revolution. The Alexander House is the last extant home of a framer of North Carolina's 1776 Constitution and Bill of Rights and the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County. In addition to the house, the Alexander home site contains a reproduction log kitchen, reconstructed two-story springhouse and log barn.

Organized and Coordinated by John Ferguson

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Membership renewal for 2019

Membership Dues & Directory

Members will be issued a card that covers the remainder of the year and through December 31 of the following year.

New membership dues are $30 a calendar year that also includes the nametag. Renewal membership is $20 a year.


Members who have paid their dues through Febrary 15, 2019 will be included in the 2019 Directory.

Print and bring a completed form to the membership table:

Click to Download membership form  (pdf)

Wednesday, November 7   6-7 p.m.

Queens University Belk Chapel
(registration required)

 Lessons from the Past & Lessons for the Future

 Moderator: Dr. Pamela Grundy

Author lecture by Dr. Pamela Grundy. At a time when race and inequality dominate national debates, the story of West Charlotte High School illuminates the possibilities and challenges of using racial and economic desegregation to foster educational equality. West Charlotte opened in 1938 as a segregated school that embodied the aspirations of the growing African American population of Charlotte, North Carolina. \

Register by e-mailing:  academicaffairs@queens.edu

More information and registration 

sign up:
3/26/19 James Comey
Former FBI Director,
Belk Theater

Link to 20% ticket discount in the " speakers & events" page of our website. (A senior scholar thank you to Queens University.)
Registration opens January 2019

Wildacres Retreat 2019

Dr. Greg Ferro

Monday 4/29 - Thursday 5/2

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