Staff

Our caring and experienced staff are skilled music educators and workshop leaders.

Michael is the director of music and associate organist at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church in Charleston, West Virginia. He joined the Chorale in 2016 as a substitute.

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 is a six year member of the Coshocton Community Choir. He is an Eagle Scout and has been leading service projects in his community for multiple years.

Jess has been a Basic - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since December of 2016 and was a firefighter with New Concord Fire Department until 2019. She graduated from Muskingum University in December of 2019 with a major in Humanities and minor in Music. She has worked for Genesis Community Ambulance, ValueCare Ambulance, New Concord Fire Department, and Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has performed in the Muskingum Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Choir, the New Albany Symphony Chorus, New Albany United Methodist Chancel Choir, and the Coshocton Community Choir.

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.

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.

Elizabeth graduated from Cedarville Univeristy with a degree in Instrumental Music Education in December 2020. She will begin her career in the 21-22 school year as a Band Director at Emmanuel Christian Academy in Springfield, Ohio and is working with Bellbrook High School's marching band as a brass instructor. She has been with the Cardinal Chorale since 2016 as a singer, staff intern, and now staff member! Elizabeth enjoys moving heavy equipment, getting to know others, and singing contralto/playing trumpet. She finds joy in choral music and it's ability to clearly communicate truth and love to singers and audiences alike. Soli Deo Gloria.

Peter A. Hampton is a choral music educator originally from Lakewood, Ohio. He currently teaches vocal music in the Twinsburg City School District, where he directs choirs in grades 7-12 and leads the nationally recognized show choir Great Expectations. Previously, Peter taught choir and general music across various grade levels in Lynn, Massachusetts and Lakewood, Ohio. He has also served on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and is an active member of both OCDA/ACDA and OMEA/NAfME. As a singer, Peter has performed with the Analog Chorale, Cleveland Chamber Choir, Quire Cleveland, and Cantores Cleveland Early Music and Arts. He has served as tenor section leader and soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church, and was also a member of the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland. In 2019 Peter completed a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied under the instruction of Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe, Dr. James Sparks, and Bramwell Tovey. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education (2007) from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he studied voice with Robert Nims and sang under the direction of Dr. Gayle Walker. Peter has been working with Mr. Snyder and The Cardinal Chorale since 2007.

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.

Jacob Heading is a graduate from Muskingum University with a degree in Digital Media Design. He started singing with the Cardinal Chorale as a sub in 2015 and toured with the Chorale for six years. Jacob currently is a waiter at a restaurant in Coshocton, OH and is also interning with the Cardinal Chorale.

Erin 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.

Lauren graduated from Ashland University in 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. She joined the Chorale during the 2015 workshop and has toured with the group for seven years. This year, she has joined the staff as an intern.

Ryan currently works for Nationwide as a full-time associate, and also has served as an intern for Nationwide during the summers of 2017 and 2018. He holds a Masters degree in Information Telecommunication Systems and a Bachelors of Science in Communication degree from Ohio University. In his free time, he enjoys programming, website development, and consulting for various businesses. Ryan is responsible for overseeing all technology operations of The Cardinal Chorale.

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.

Maggie is a graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BFA in Studio Art. She sang in the Choral Art Society and Chamber Singers there on campus. Maggie has sung in choirs with Chorale director Charles Snyder in Coshocton since she was young and was a member of the Cardinal Chorale for five years. Now with the Chorale, she takes photographs, contributes to the blog, and assists in rehearsals. She currently resides in Delaware, Ohio.

Hannah is a newly hired Middle School Choir Director in Grant County, Kentucky. She recently graduated from Morehead State University with a degree in Music Education, with a focus on voice. She has been a member of the Chorale since the workshop of 2016 and happily became a staff intern this year for this Workshop.

Josh is currently pursuing his master's degree in choral conducting at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to graduate school, Josh taught choir for 7 years for grades 6-12 at Newcomerstown Local School District and Springfield Local School District in Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he was a 5 year member of the marching band. Josh was a member of the Chorale from 2008-2010 and has been member of the staff since then. Outside of music, Josh enjoys working out, a good show on Netflix, and finding good places to eat.

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.
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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 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 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 is a graduate of both Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Ohio State University with degrees in music education. He teaches junior high general music and band at River View Junior High School in Warsaw, Ohio. Mr. Wagner is a member of the Coshocton Community Choir and the associate organist at the Presbyterian Church, Coshocton. He is married to Heidi, a history teacher and archery coach at West Muskingum High School.

Connor Wheeler is currently studying music at Muskingum University. He has been connected with the Chorale for several years, going on tours and recently becoming a staff member at the annual workshop.

I've been involved with the Cardinal Chorale for over 7 years since 2014 and I recently became a staff member for the Cardinal Chorale in 2022.
Behind the scenes, I do backend I.T. work such as Chorale Documentation and Project Planning.
In my free time, I love Tending my garden and playing with Legos!

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.

Sarah is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in biology and is currently pursuing a Masters of Biology with a focus in conservation at Eastern Illinois University. She was a member of the Cardinal Chorale for three years and served as a staff intern for one year before joining the staff. Sarah is from Coshocton, Ohio and currently resides in Mattoon, Illinois.