- Eldonna L. May
(b McKeesport, PA, April 8, 1935). American arts administrator and composer. Raised in Los Angeles, he studied composition with lukas Foss at UCLA (MA 1956). A Fulbright scholarship enabled him to travel to Italy where he composed a sonata for the Naples Festival of Contemporary Music and researched unpublished 18th-century Italian operas. He completed his PhD in musicology at UCLA, where he served as an instructor. In 1962 he joined the newly founded Oakland University, where he served as Assistant Dean for Continuing Education in the Arts and chair of the Department of Music. He created the educational program “Overture to Opera,” which brought staged opera scenes and one-act operas in English to schools and community centers throughout Michigan. It served as the catalyst for Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), which DiChiera founded in 1971. He also founded the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in 1973...