Mission Statement: National Opera House will restore and maintain the site of the National Negro Opera Company in order to teach culture through arts and music to the youth of the community.



The idea for the National Opera House was founded by Ms. Jonnet Solomon and the late Ms. Miriam White. When Ms. White and Ms. Solomon purchased this building, they both had a vision and determination to see the Opera House once again being used to enhance the community. Their desire was to experience the positive impact that it could have on young people and to see it prosper.

Ms. White was a resident of the Homewood community for over seventy years. She was a business owner and an active member of the community. Ms. White possessed many memories of the Opera House when it was thriving and wanted to restore it beyond what it once was.

Jonnet Solomon is a graduate of Duquesne University and an entrepreneur. Although her degree was in accounting, Jonnet is a musician at heart. Ms. Solomon has always wanted to make a difference and be an active member of her community. The Opera House has proved to be the perfect opportunity to fulfill those goals and to honor the memory of Ms Miriam White.

Management and Personnel

The National Opera House will be governed by a Board of Directors. The Board will be responsible for overseeing all decisions concerning the organization. This includes special events, concerts, lessons, everyday operations and various other activities. They will work with individuals and groups to develop partnerships to promote the mission and build a stronger interrelated community.

The board is currently composed of seven individuals with diverse backgrounds. The National Opera House plans to build a board with leadership skills, technical and professional backgrounds and a passion for community service. Over the next five years, additional members with such traits will be added to the board.

An Executive Director, who will report to the Board, will oversee all the programs of the house. Other positions will include a Band Director to organize and lead the Steel Orchestra. The Music Studio will be managed by an engineer who will also be the main instructor for the studio. An Events Coordinator will manage the Tea Room and scheduling for the Opera House events. Each of these positions will report directly to the Executive Director.

As the programs grow, the positions of Manager and Assistant Director will be added. This management team will be responsible for the overall well being of the House. They will also be responsible for marketing, advertising, public relations and will oversee the participants of the programs. As business increases, other positions such as Secretary and Accountant, will be filled with full time employees. Committees will be established as needed.

Ms. Jonnet Solomon will fill the position of Executive Director. She brings extensive experience and qualifications to this position. The studio will be directed by Mr. Christian Nowlin, a music producer and writer. Originally from Pittsburgh, Chris has studio, engineering, and production expertise. He has had the opportunity to work in the best studios in the country with national recording artists.