Donor Profile: Tricia Anderson

by Carolle Carter

andersonTricia Anderson, a native San Franciscan, has been a member of the Opera San José Board of Trustees since 1998, serving on several Board committees during her tenure. Currently she is Trustee-at-Large and she works on Planned Giving and Legacy. “We want this opera company to be around for generations, to provide opportunity for young singers,” she said. “This is a ‘young’ valley, with many first generation entrepreneurs. But as we mature we want more in life than just pop music. Every era has produced forgettable music. Only the good stuff survives.”

“Board members have the responsibility of helping the company thrive. The Board provides governance and strategic planning, contact with donors and subscribers,” she said. “We also do special events. In May, 2014, we will have an event around Irene Dalis’ retirement. The Company has always had very good fiscal management and it must continue to be prepared for poor economic times.”

“When people tell me they can listen to opera or other music on a CD or television, I point out that there is something about live performance and sharing the experience with the rest of the audience that is superior to recordings or HD performances. Recordings should be mixed in with live performance. The arts take you outside yourself. All artists are story tellers.”

Tricia and her husband, Tim, provide fellowships for resident artists. This year they are sponsoring Cecilia Violetta López. “Some people want to hear stars sing because they know they’ll hear a great voice. Our singers at Opera San José aren’t beginners. They are stars in the making,” she said.

Tricia’s family moved to Santa Clara County when she was in junior high school. After she graduated from high school she attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Theater Arts, and the University of St. Andrews, where she studied Shakespeare. She met her husband when both were working on My Fair Lady at Foothill College. Both the Andersons sing in the San Jose Symphonic Choir, a large group that sings masterworks and sometimes goes on tour. When she isn’t singing or working hard in her capacity as an OSJ Board member, Tricia writes poetry. She always likes learning something new.

“I always loved music,” Tricia says. “I have learned on my own about opera and its history, but I have learned singing from voice teachers and choral directors. I went to student symphony matinees when I was a kid and saw opera on TV. I started subscribing to Opera San José in my 30s, when I gave my husband a subscription for his fortieth birthday.”

“Opera San José is very accessible because of its outreach programs and because, except for opening night, Larry Hancock gives fine lectures before every performance. There’s so much variety in the performing arts. A person should sample things they haven’t previously experienced and support this fine cultural gem of addition to our community.”