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Poster with conductor Steven Huang and soloists Geena Jeffries Maddox and Carline WaughMarch 26, 2022
at 7:30 p.m.
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Takes you on a musical visit to 19th century Paris when Phantom of the Opera star Geena Jeffries Mattox joins The Ohio Valley Symphony for some Perfectly Parisian music. Carline Waugh joins in the fun as well and both sopranos finish off the evening with some delicious duets.

Steven Huang, conductor
Maestro Steven Huang is thrilled to return to Southeastern Ohio to the podium of The Ohio Valley Symphony. He has conducted orchestras and operas across the country and throughout the world.

At the age of twenty-one Mr. Huang served as Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate degree. While at Harvard, Mr. Huang also directed the Lowell House Opera (the oldest continuously running opera company in New England). Most recently, he successfully concluded a sixteen-year appointment as Associate Professor and Director of Orchestras at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he brought the program to new achievements, including earning competitive accolades and awards from Ohio Music Educators Association and Columbus Roundtable Awards, through over 200 performances, including symphonic concerts, opera, musical theater, and Halloween pops.

Widely respected as a music educator and conducting pedagogue, Mr. Huang is the founder and director of International Conducting Masterclasses, Inc., which has trained scores of conductors over the last two decades. He is currently working on a book about conducting.

Mr. Huang has collaborated with orchestras around the world, including California, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Ohio, Haiti, Moldova, and Romania. He has held the position of Music Director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players of Chicago, and the Bradley University Orchestra. He has served as guest conductor with multiple appearances with Brasov Philharmonic (ROMANIA) and the National Philharmonic of Moldova. In America, he has guest conducted professional ensembles such as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony (IL), and the Four Seasons Symphony (CA). Mr. Huang debuted with The Ohio Valley Symphony at the 2018 Christmas Show.

Geena Jeffries Maddox
Ms. Geena Jeffries Mattox has performed for more than two decades throughout the United States and Europe. Credits include, featured Soprano Soloist – Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Schubert’s G Major Mass,  Rutter’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall under conductor John Rutter; Featured Soprano Soloist – Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s The Bells at Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra; Featured Soprano Soloist – Dubois’ Seven Last Words, Handel’s Messiah with the Colorado Symphony.  Leading roles with Tulsa Opera, Opera Colorado, Chicago Light Opera and Featured Soprano Soloist for ESPN’s ESPY Awards at Radio City Music Hall; Winner of Bel Canto Competition, San Francisco Opera Competition and Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Semi-Finalist.  Ms. Jeffries Mattox made her Broadway Debut at the Majestic Theater as Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Phantom of the Opera. She later originated the role of Carlotta in the Las Vegas production of Phantom of the Opera, A Las Vegas Spectacular. She received her BA from Rockmont College, her MM from University of Colorado and she is currently pursuing her DMA at West Virginia University. She has a passion for service and has worked extensively with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992 and is thrilled to be joining us this season at the Ariel Opera House.

Caline Waugh, soprano
Carline Waugh
is a Jamaican-born soprano who is praised for her ability to mesmerize audiences. As a powerful singing actor, Ms. Waugh continues to thrill audiences around the world. She has given recent performances in Russia, Finland, Italy, Austria, throughout the United States, and the Caribbean.

Ms. Waugh has recently sung leading roles in the Italian premiers of the operas Buffalo Soldiers, Songo Di Una Notte Di Mezza Estate, and the cantata Hilegard Von Bingen and Black Madonna. Her other recent roles include Mimí in Puccini’s La Boheme, Gretel from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Liu from Turandot, Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Valencienne from The Merry Widow, Polly from Die Dreigroschenoper, and Gianetta from The Gondoliers.

Her concert repertoire includes André Previn’s Honey and Rue, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Handel’s Messiah,  Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major.

Ms. Waugh currently serves Marshall University and the region as a performer, and teaching artist. She is delighted to make her debut with the Ohio Valley Symphony.


Ove`ure to Mignon     

Ballet music from Faust         

Je Veux Vivre (Romeo & Juliet)

The Jewell Song (Faust)         

selection from Phantom          

Entr’acte (La Belle Helene)

Depuis le Jour (Louise)          

Je dis que rien (Carmen)         

Barcarolle (Contes d’Hoffman)

Flower Duet (Lakme) 

Fete Polonaise