Coffee Tasting Party

Coffee Tasting Party

Thank you for coming and celebrating OPERAnauts’ milestone with a Coffee Tasting at Starbucks! And, thank you to Ivett Heffentrager, store manager and her assistant, Natanael for choosing such delicious coffee and dessert pairings for us to taste, and creating such a wonderful event at Starbucks on Nassau Street.

And, a special thanks to the eleven choristers from the Princeton High School Choir for singing carols to us! You sang so beautifully and warmed our hearts with your harmonies. Thank you for ushering in the holiday spirit of giving for OPERAnauts.

The results are in – with Starbucks’ generous 30% discount, donated coffee and gift baskets, a raffle, and your ticket contribution & donations – we received $300 (after costs)!  Thank you for contributing to help young musicians and choristers in Congo get the music score they need to learn, and provide resources for teaching artists to hone their craft.

This holiday, we can send the full orchestral & choral parts for “Joy to the World” and the “Street Boys Chorus” from La Petite Carmen to the music director of the “Juniors” of the OSK (l’ Orchestre symphonique Kimbanguiste).

Thank you so much for your continuing support of our organization.

You are helping to solve the problem of the cycle of violence-poverty in Congo with music, note by note.


Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts

Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts


Save the Date! This year, OPERAnauts joins the #GivingTuesday movement to connect with our local community at Ten Thousand Villages, in the Princeton Shopping Center in New Jersey. On November 29th from 4 – 8 PM, OPERAnauts volunteers will provide refreshments for guests to enjoy while they shop; and, the store will donate 15% of purchases to OPERAnauts work.

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

OPERAnauts connects with this value, and makes a point to provides artisans, especially fabric-makers and seamstresses in Kinshasa, Congo with opportunity in the creation of our opera production costumes.

To preview Ten Thousand Villages’ gift ideas, click here:  ethical-gift-ideas-from-ten-thousand-villages


Joins National #GivingTuesday movement

Joins National #GivingTuesday movement


givingtuesdayoperanauts-logoThis year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history.  We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday — a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better, and smarter giving during the holiday season that we are proud to be part of.

OPERAnauts join the national #GivingTuesday movement to celebrate our #ReplywithMusic and to deepen relationships with our local community of generosity.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give – the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016.  This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — non-profits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to charities, and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicate to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:







Every Step Counts – Walk for Kids in Congo

Reply with Music 5k Walk Team Memebers Kai Gibson, Nick Kochmann, Alistair Dobson, Leo LaPlaca and Niccolo Bechtler at the amphitheater of Pettronello Gardens, NJ

OPERAnauts’ Reply with Music 5k Walk Set-up Team Members Kai Gibson, Nick Kochmann, Alistair Dobson, Leo LaPlaca and Niccolo Bechtler at the amphitheater of Pettoranello Gardens, NJ




Every Step Counts – Walk for Kids in Congo at the Princeton “Reply With Music” Annual 5k Walk


PRINCETON, NJ – A local music NGO will host community residents and high school students in their first annual “Reply with Music” 5K Walk for children in Congo at 9 AM on Sunday, September 25th.


The “Reply with Music” 5K Walk is open to the public and welcomes on-line registrants at There is also registration on the day-of the “Reply with Music“ 5k Walk.


“From my experience teaching singers all these years, our ‘Reply with Music’ 5k Walk touches the CORE of what I believe — that we can inspire and engage children with opera music!” says Joy Bechtler, founder of OPERAnauts Inc.


OPERAnauts is a team of performing artists, artisans, and creative artists – including opera singers, musicians, dancers, photographers, videographers, journalists, and designers — who envision a world where the transformative power of opera helps both individuals and societies recover from violence and poverty.


There are an estimated 100,000 street children in Kinshasa, the capital city-province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it has been estimated that one in ten child soldiers – or 30,000 children – are found.


Studies show that traumatic life experiences like the ones currently experienced by children in Congo cause them to lose the ability to understand and share the feelings of one another. OPERAnauts aim to give opportunity and restore empathy to these children through music.


100% of donations go to OPERAnauts’ music program to help children in Congo. For more about OPERAnauts’ activities, visit their website at


OPERAnauts, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in the U.S., with a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status and registered in New Jersey operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Contributions to OPERAnauts, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.