Board of Directors 2019-2020

Rev. Tom Snyder, President
Lynne Lawson, Vice-President
Rebecca Owens, Secretary
Betsy Chapman, Treasurer

Eric Abel
Sara Battison
Betsy Chapman
Justina Fabich
Connie Gorrell
Susan Gregg
Jon Haag
Mary Kettering
Stanley (Stan) E. Kopp, Sr.
Tom McNaull

Melanie Miller
Bea North
Rebecca Owens
Lana Potter
Leonard (Len) Salvo
Elizabeth (Libby) Slade
Glen Stewart
Richelle Swineford
Dr. JoAnn (Jody) Ford Watson
Steven (Steve) Willeke

ASO Staff

Arie Lipsky

Music Director and Conductor

Ashland, Ohio 8.30.19

Dear Patrons of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra:

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of our beloved Maestro, Arie Lipsky. As recently as last Saturday’s board meeting we experienced the euphoria of his projected return to our podium in January, 2020. With his assurance and requested medical approval of his condition, we fully expected resumption of his duties during this season. In communication with us yesterday, he has indicated a reversal in his progress and submitted his resignation in an e-mail to Executive Director, Martha Buckner.

He wrote in part: … I decided that in the best interest of the ASO, I should resign from the Music Director position. This is an extremely difficult decision, since I dedicated so much time and effort to build the Symphony to its current level…

With regrets and appreciation and love to all of you. Arie

Of course, none of us wished the agenda of the symphony, especially during our 50th Anniversary Season, to be the search for a new musical director. Whatever we might be feeling right now, we have a tradition of fine orchestra music to celebrate, a level of excellence to maintain, and a future into which we must lean. What we have to offer is in no small part the legacy of Arie’s strong musical leadership for nearly two and one-half decades. The best way to honor him is to build on the strong foundation which he and our skilled musicians have laid. Your faithfulness as patrons and supporters is a significant part of the strength of all that ASO has to offer as we look to our future.

In the coming weeks, we will begin the process of securing a new director, establishing a committee for this purpose. The formation of this search committee will include board leadership, participation from our musicians and involvement of our patrons, donors and community members.

The Executive Committee, Lynn Lawson, vice-president; Rebecca Owens, secretary; Betsy Chapman, treasurer; Martha Buckner, Executive Director; and I are meeting Monday, September 2, 2109, 7 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, to begin strategizing the next steps we need to take to shape the future of our cherished Ashland Symphony Orchestra. We will keep you informed every step of the way. Thank you for your understanding, support and faithfulness to ASO.

Faithfully yours,

Tom Snyder, President

Martha Buckner

Executive Director

Martha Buckner began serving as the General Manager of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in July of 2014 and was named Executive Director in May 2016. Since joining the ASO, Martha has introduced the “wildly” successful Traveling Instrument Petting Zoo, the Change for Music Education fund campaign, and the Podium Endowment in honor of Maestro Arie Lipsky fund campaign.

She served on the ASO Board of Directors from 2012-2014. Prior to joining the staff of the ASO, she served as the Supervisor of Bookmobile and Outreach at the Ashland Public Library. Martha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from The Ohio State University. Martha brings to the ASO her dedication to the organization and her passion for music and outreach. She occasionally participates in the music programs at Christ United Methodist Church, Ashland, and has been a member of the Ashland Musical Club for many years. She is a member and past-president of local chapter FJ of P.E.O., an Ambassador for the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, and was recognized as an Ashland County Woman of Achievement in 2016.

Brian Griffin

Personnel Manager

Garth Boyd

Stage Manager

Seth Morrison

Stage Manager effective 10/28/19

Aaron Morris

Assistant Stage Manager

Nancy Kopp

House Manager

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