The Cardinal Chorale
Saturday, 14 July, 2018
Hello, dear Friends,
Can you believe it?  A week from today we’ll be preparing for voice checks!  Meanwhile, we’re scrambling to check things off the bubble chart; there are still more projects to be done than have been completed.  We did get the big mailing [final instructions, Code of Conduct, medical form, release form, campus map, a music list and a performance CD] out to the singers today and they should arrive on Monday.  We also sent you a packing list, a medical form [to complete before your arrival], the most recent staff version of the music list, a copy of the Code of Conduct and a rehearsal CD].
We have all 48 positions filled [purposely down 3 from last year] and we’ve received $9,060 toward our goal of $18,000 for scholarships, staff room and board costs, and evening program expenses.
You know about my nudges, and I’m writing today to tell you about my response to two recent ones.
Though we were sorry to lose Matt McTeague and Darren Wallace for this year’s Workshop, I was relieved when Mark Wagner, long one of our supporters, recruiters, and encouragers, agreed to come each day to play for the bass part rehearsals.  As I thought about the “graduation” of most of our real basses, I remembered how hearing a Community Choir basso
Matt DowningMatt Downing
Matt is a music teacher for students of all ages.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in music education and in vocal performance.  He also previously completed a BA in Spanish from Muskingum University.  Matt was a staff member for the Ohio Farm Bureau’s summer conferences for three summers, and also spent five summers on staff for Muskingum’s Music Theatre Camp.

Joshua DuffordJoshua Dufford
Josh is the assistant choir director at Winton Woods High School and the director of music at St. John's Unitarian Universalist in Cincinnati, Ohio. Josh is a graduate of Otterbein University and Bowling Green State University where he earned a bachelors in Music Education and a masters in Choral Conducting. He is an active member of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and currently serves as co-chair for the High School Honor Choirs.

Haley EvansHaley Evans
Haley is the director of choral activities at Ridgewood High School in West Lafayette, Ohio.  She attended Capital University and received a degree in vocal and instrumental music education.  Haley served as music director for Ohio Farm Bureau’s summer conferences for four summers.

Peter HamptonPeter Hampton
Peter has been the choral director at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio since 2012, where he has directed four curricular and three extra-curricular choirs, taught class piano, and assisted with the school musical. He is currently on a leave-of-absence pursuing a master's degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Peter has performed with the professional choral ensembles Cantores Cleveland, Quire Cleveland, and the Cleveland Chamber Choir. He holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Otterbein University, where he sang under the direction of Dr. Gayle Walker.

Caroline HeadingCaroline Heading
Caroline is a staff accompanist at Muskingum University.  She also accompanies several of the youth choirs at Coshocton’s Presbyterian church.  She has a degree in music education from The Ohio State University and has completed further graduate work at Muskingum University.  Caroline was a counselor at Judson Hills Baptist Camp for four summers and Camp Birch for one summer.

Erin JobesErin Jobes
Erin is the director of Christian education at The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton.  She received a degree in music education from Muskingum University.  She provides administrative support to Mr. Snyder throughout the year with The Cardinal Chorale, and several other ensembles.  Erin spent a summer on staff of Muskingum’s Music Theatre Camp.

Ryan KemperRyan Kemper
Ryan has recently graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Science in Communication. He studied Information Telecommunication Systems at Ohio University. He is a 2014 Graduate of Ottoville High school, and is from Ottoville, OH. Ryan is responsible for overseeing all IT operations of The Cardinal Chorale. He also has served as an intern for Nationwide during the summers of 2017 and 2018. In his free time, he enjoys programming, website development, and consulting for various businesses. He also enjoys spending time with his friends, and teaching IT concepts to people. This fall, Ryan will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Communication from Ohio University.

Ann LepplaAnn Leppla
Ann is a native of Coshocton, OH and a graduate of The Ohio State University. She is a retired high school chemistry and physics teacher from Coshocton High School. After retirement she joined a senior ladies' line dancing troupe. She is the accompanist for Mr. Snyder's young singers at the Presbyterian Church in Coshocton. Ann has been married 43 years to her husband, John. She has one married son, one dog, and one grandog.

Joshua SennJoshua Senn
Josh is the director of choirs grades 6-12 for Springfield Local Schools in New Middletown, OH.  He received his degree in music education from The Ohio State University.  While at OSU, Josh spent 5 years in the Marching Band.  Josh has been an Ohio West Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) staff member for the past eleven years, working with high school sophomores from all across northwest Ohio.

Charles R. SnyderCharles R. Snyder
Charles R. Snyder received his musical training at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1977, following six years as a public school vocal and instrumental music educator in grades 1-12, and two years as a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America, Mr. Snyder became a staff member at The Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, Ohio. In 1995 he founded The Cardinal Chorale, a 47-voice ensemble of Ohio high school and collegiate singers. For more information, see About the Director

Jennifer SperJennifer Sper
Jennifer is a former middle school and high school choral director, and has been a School Choral Music Specialist with Stanton’s Sheet Music in Columbus for over ten years. She holds a bachelor's degree of music education from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen is also the soprano section leader and assistant conductor of the Coshocton Community Choir. In her free time she enjoys good food, running and yoga (to counteract the good food...), and the Muppets.

Beth VaughnBeth Vaughn
Beth is the director of choral activities at Bowling Green Jr. High & High schools.  She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College.  She spent four summers as a counselor – in – training for 4-H Camp Palmer & five years as music director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Summer Conferences.  With both choral & instrumental music in her background, she has also been a trumpet instructor at band camp, and assistant band director at Arcadia High School.

James VaughnJames Vaughn
James is the vocal music teacher at Wauseon Exempted Village Schools, teaching choirs in middle school and high school. He previously taught for 16 years at Van Buren Local Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a choral emphasis from Bowling Green State University, studying with R.D Mathey, Dr. Mark Munson, and Christopher Scholl, and a masters degree in education from Marygrove College. James has served as dean of men at the Defiance District, United Methodist Church Summer Institute, numerous roles with the Ohio Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Education Association, and currently serves as the Creative Events Chair of the Adjudicated Events Committee of OMEA.

Mark Wagner


Zachary WolfeZachary Wolfe
Zach, a paramedic, works for the Delaware Country Division EMS where he is the station lieutenant. He earned his undergraduate degree in fire science and emergency medicine from Hocking College where he now serves on the adjunct faculty.  Zach has also been on staff for the Ohio Youth Fire and EMS Training.

Austin YoungAustin Young
Austin is a student at Muskingum University finishing his final year pursuing degrees in Music Education and Religion. Austin has served as bass section leader for Muskingum's Concert Choir. As a part of Concert Choir, Austin has sung for international audiences in Germany, Prague, England, and Scotland.

John BordenkircherJohn Bordenkircher
John is a small business owner from West Lafayette, Ohio. He has toured with The Cardinal Chorale twice, he was a four year member of the Coshocton Youth Chorale, and a two year member of the Coshocton Community Choir. He is an Eagle Scout and has been leading service projects in is community for multiple years.

Elizabeth FerrisElizabeth Ferris


Sarah Kittner
Sarah Kittner is a third-year student at Bowling Green State University. She sang in Cardinal Chorale for four years before taking on the opportunity to serve as a staff intern this summer. She serves in a servant leadership cohort and on campus she has sung with Voices at BGSU, a student-led gospel choir, and in the university's women's chorus.

Connor WheelerConnor Wheeler

in 1993, and having the opportunity to rehearse some with him, transformed that section.  That legacy has been passed on from one bass section to the next ever since.  At the end of tour I knew it was time to reset the system.  So I asked bass Austin Young, a Chorale alumnus and a Muskingum senior music education major, to join our staff, partly to relight that torch.
Since last summer I’ve shared my repeated nudges to redesign a program for promising young singers: to supplement our staff leadership by example, and to pass on what we’ve learned about leadership to a new generation.  While the consensus was to wait a year and focus on a music educator day, being on tour and watching the leadership by example of our dozen grade 13 singers, the nudge became a “Well, duh!” kick!  Before had I a chance to talk with Matt and Erin, Matt said he’d spoken with Connor Wheeler about the possibility of playing some this summer [not knowing I had already dropped a subtle hint to him].
I decided to act, and called Connor, Sarah Kittner, Elizabeth Ferris, and John Bordenkircher, explained the idea and asked if they would help.  Three said “Yes!” immediately, and the fourth called the next day.
These four Staff Interns will help in rehearsal, allow us to have two-deep leadership in every opus, and be there at the crunch times when we need extra bodies.  They’ll each have a specific responsibility [Connor: play for alto part rehearsals; Sarah Kittner: help in office; Elizabeth: help Josh Senn with equipment and setup; and John Bordenkircher: help Ryan Kemper], be an assistant for four opera, and have a daily training session during a sectional rehearsal.  I’ve asked Erin to be the coordinator for this effort, and because she will not have to play for part rehearsals or prepare a seminar or interest session this year, she has the time.
Erin took them for their background checks on Thursday and then we had a lunch meeting with them.  We were struck with their thoughtful responses.  When we shared a “Singer vs. Staff Intern” comparison list, they laughed a little: without talking about it, they had already figured out their role, and realized it would have some nebulous moments – and they’re ready for it.  They have already viewed their roles in the Chorale through those leadership/role model glasses, and I witnessed that leadership on tour. 
I know you’ll help welcome them when they arrive at 11 am on Friday, and say hello as we help move them in.
That’s it for now!