History of Sing For Hope
Camille Zamora, a Houston native, generously donates her time and talent each year to bring our community one of the most engaging charity events in the country. In addition to her personal leadership, Camille recruits an acclaimed group of fellow performers from around the world to share their talent to make this evening both an artistic triumph as well as an extremely successful fund raising event.
“I founded SING FOR HOPE seventeen years ago in memory of my friend who spent his final days at Omega House, the residential hospice program of Bering Omega,” Camille said. “Thanks to the amazing generosity of my musical friends, the steadfast support of our corporate sponsors, and the vibrancy, integrity, and heart of Bering Omega Community Services, the concert is now one of the country’s largest annual AIDS benefits, having raised over half a million dollars for people living with HIV/AIDS.”
She has performed with ensembles and companies including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Glimmerglass Opera, the Spoleto Festival Opera, Anchorage Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra (in its educational outreach program), and in live recital broadcasts on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, and Deutsche Radio. Recent performance highlights include music of Schubert for the American Ballet Theater Opening Night Gala, in a performance that Clive Barnes of the New York Post called “one of the best received moments of the evening… quiet, monumentally serene Schubert art songs, beautifully rendered by soprano Camille Zamora.”
In expressing her passion for returning to Houston every year for this event, Camille explains, “Although AIDS is no longer front page news the way that it was several years ago, the need for care is more pressing than ever. In the U.S, as worldwide, the largest change in AIDS infection is not, unfortunately, any diminution, but rather simply a shift in demographics, with increasing rates of infection among lower-income women and children.”
The Camille Zamora Award
In honor of Camille Zamora’s years of service to those living with HIV and AIDS, the Bering Omega Board of Trustees created the Camille Zamora Award to recognize an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to improve the lives of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.
The Camille Zamora Award is presented annually at Sing For Hope, an evening of arias that brings world-renowned vocalists to Houston in support of Bering Omega’s clients.