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The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre and The Ohio Valley Symphony

Front Row: Paul Simon, Board President, Shirley Doss, Tracy Call, Vice President Back Row: Jason Holdren, Secretary, Mike Owens, Chris Petro, Treasurer, Lora Lynn Snow, Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Front Row: Paul Simon, Board President; Shirley Doss; Tracy Call, Vice President Back Row: Jason Holdren, Secretary; Mike Owens; Chris Petro, Treasurer; Lora Lynn Snow, Executive Director and Founder

Lora Snow Executive Director and Founder

Lora Snow
Executive Director
and Founder

Lora Lynn Snow.  In February 1987, Lora Lynn Snow conceived of forming a professional orchestra in Gallia County, Ohio, and basing its performances in the Ariel Theatre. She spearheaded the restoration of the historic opera house, which had been abandoned, and was the moving force behind the creation of The Ohio Valley Symphony. She later expanded her efforts to helping establish the After School String Project, a string instruction program, the Ohio Valley Youth Orchestra, the Ariel Dancers, and the Ariel Players, a community theatre troupe—all of whom called the historic Morris & Dorothy Haskins Ariel Theatre in the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, home.Lora is principal oboist for The Ohio Valley Symphony, a post she also holds with the Huntington (W.Va.) Symphony. She is also a member of the West Virginia Symphony in Charleston and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra in Parkersburg and she performs with the Kingsbury Woodwind Quintet at Marshall University. Lora earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Ohio State University.

Before moving to Gallia County in 1980, she taught woodwinds and was Assistant Director of the Concert Band at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and she performed with the Arkansas Symphony and at several Little Rock recording studios. She was a founding member of the Little Rock Chamber Orchestra. In Gallia County, she taught music in the Gallia County Local Schools and at the University of Rio Grande. She is an active recitalist, clinician and consultant. She has been published in this country and abroad. In 2005, Snow was awarded the “Arts and Outstanding Leadership Heritage Award” from the Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area Association for her twenty years of volunteer work for the Ariel Theatre.

Maestro Ray Fowler

Maestro Ray Fowler

Maestro Ray Fowler is in his 28th season as Music Director of The Ohio Valley Symphony. His expertise and energy, so visible during performances, have been key ingredients in the establishment and perpetuation of the OVS in the tri-county region. Fowler graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City. While residing in the metropolitan area, he conducted the much-acclaimed Oratorio Singers and Orchestra, established the Opera Theatre Middlesex County New Jersey productions in and was Music Director of the Kean Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his position at Ohio University, he has been on the conducting staffs of Peabody Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory and Columbia University. In 1984-85, he was assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony. In 1987 Maestro Fowler conducted the North American premiere of Entgegen by Anders Nordentoft, aired on Danish television in Copenhagen.

In 1989 he was resident conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Center in Tennessee. Fowler is currently in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. As an opera conductor, Fowler toured with Eastern Opera Theatre of New and conducted performances of La Boheme and Don Pasquale with the Erie Philharmonic, Opera Company and conducted performances of the Barber of Bagdad. He also conducted the New York City Premiere of Ned Rorem’s Three Sisters. In 1983 he served as guest conductor for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera Company’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

Judith Cavendish Choral Director

Judith Cavendish
Choral Director

Choral Director Judith Cavendish, a Huntington native, received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in voice from Marshall University, and completed her doctoral studies at WVU’s Creative Arts Center in 2000. Her principal teachers were Margaret Hoswell of the Manhattan School of Music and Peter Lightfoot at WVU. She also studied choral conducting with Kathleen Shannon, WVU’s Director of Choral Activities, and piano with Kristina Suter of Columbia, MD.Her early performing experience was with the WV Opera Theater in Charleston, where she appeared in roles as diverse as Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Cio-cio-san in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. She was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a Willliam Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award winner, and made her national operatic debut with Atlanta Lyric Opera as Senta in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER. Also an accomplished concert singer and recitalist, she has toured with Pittsburgh’s American Wind Symphony, appeared in England at the Aldeburgh Festival as a Lieder recitalist, as MESSIAH soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, as Filia in Carissimi’s JEPTHE at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and soprano soloist in John Rutter’s GLORIA with the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Cavendish was the featured soloist at The Ohio Valley Symphony’s inaugural performance at the Ariel Theatre.

Her teaching experience has included voice at Marshall, voice, music theory and opera workshop at the University of Charleston, and voice and opera workshop at WVU as Robert Thieme’s graduate assistant. For the past 10 years she has been a member of the voice faculty of Howard County Community College in Columbia, MD, where she conducted the HCC Singers, the Children’s Choir, and was a member of the voice faculty of the Little Patuxent Opera Institute.

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