Reg Huston

Reg Huston:

Reg Huston, Founder and Executive Director of S.T.A.R. Foundation, has had a life long connection with the theatrical experience and felt a desire to help provide opportunities for young people to have those same experiences. S.T.A.R. Foundation was created out of that desire. A Board of Directors was formed and the Foundation received tax-exempt, non-profit status in July of 2008.

Reg received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA, in 1973 and 1976, respectively. He was a Charter member of the Hidden Valley Opera (in 1973) as part of Hidden Valley Music Seminars, an Institute of the Arts, and went on to complete post-graduate studies at Music Academy of the West in Santa
Barbara and the Merola Opera program of San Francisco Opera.

After receiving his Masterʼs degree, Reg studied at the Conservatory of Vienna, Austria, (1976-1977).

He returned to Hidden Valley Opera where he performed over 30 roles from 1977-1986. Besides performing onstage, he also oversaw the care for many programs for high school students (summer orchestra and choral programs) as well as outreach programs for middle schools throughout Monterey County (called Sound Encounters). Reg was also in charge of the Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Vocal Master Class taught by the famous international soprano.

In 1986, Reg was chosen to participate in the Salzburg Mozarteum (a program for high level singers running concurrently with the Salzburg Festival each summer). While there, he performed Figaro in the Marriage of Figaro, directed by Peter Ustinov. As a result of his success at the Mozarteum, Reg was offered a two-year contract with the Hamburg State Opera in Hamburg, Germany, where he served as a soloist from 1986 through 1988.

After returning to the United States, Reg became Director of Programs with Youth Music Monterey (1988-1994) which sponsored the Youth and Honors Orchestras of Monterey County and Summer Music Monterey – 2 to 3 week camps in jazz and orchestral music for high school students.

Reg left Youth Music Monterey in 1994 to oversee bingo fundraising activities for Salinas Valley Aquatics (until 2006). He became bingo manager for various bingo operations, including: Palma High School, Franciscan Workers, Forest Theater Guild and the Monterey Bay Swim Club.

For 35 years, he has performed leading roles with The Western Stage, Pacific Repertory Theater and the Forest Theater Guild. He has also performed as a vocal soloist with every major performing ensemble in Monterey County.


Susanne Mentzer, administrator:

Susanne recently moved to the area after twelve years as a Professor of Voice at Rice University in Houston and De Paul University in Chicago.  An international opera singer with over twenty years at the Metropolitan Opera and 32 years as a performer, Susanne  has an interest in grass roots efforts to expose youth to the performing arts. For more information about Susanne please go to



Application deadline: 2020 Performing Arts Scholarship- May 15

THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP REQUESTS  SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2020-2021 The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college will […read more.]