dr. lynn gary atkins, JR. artistic director
The Stephen M. and Cheryl G. Goddard Chair
American Conductor Lynn G. Atkins became the second artistic director of One Voice Chorus, The Stephen M. and Cheryl G. Goddard Chair, in April 2013. Since that time, he has led the 100-member chorus and 35-member ensemble in season concerts and special events in the Central Virginia area that span genres and key into the mission of “Singing the Beauty and Power of Diversity”. He has been praised for the originality and the diverse nature of his ambitious concert planning for the volunteer organization, which has included collaborations with the Richmond Symphony, Petersburg Symphony, SoundWorks Voice Ensemble of Central Virginia, as well as the Gospel Choir of Armstrong High School, Richmond. The 2017-2018 Season has seen Dr. Atkins lead OVC in joint ventures with Rock N’ Roll Chorus of NJ, the Petersburg Symphony, and the Howard University Gospel Choir. In addition to his work with OVC, Dr. Atkins is the Director of Choral Music at the Collegiate School in Richmond, where he teaches choral music to students in grades 5-12. He also serves as artistic director of the James River Ringers Handbell Ensemble and sings professionally as the Tenor Section Leader at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. He maintains a busy schedule as conductor and recitalist on the East Coast. Lynn has been honored to serve as an Adjudicator as well as Guest Conductor for honor choirs at the county and division level in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
rita smith, accompanist
Rita has worked with a wide variety of choirs, vocalists, and instrumental soloists, both as an accompanist and collaborative musician. A native Virginian, she studied Piano and Church Music at Bluefield College and Carson Newman College. Since 2005, she has enjoyed her work on the music staff at Second Baptist Church (River Rd. and Gaskins) where she serves as an accompanist and director of the Young Adult Ensemble; as well as staff pianist at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond.
Alma hughes, board president
One Voice Chorus Board President Alma Hughes is a founding member of One Voice Chorus, and is proud to have been a part of the organization since the beginning. Combining her concern for racial reconciliation and social justice with her passion for music, One Voice represents a way to make a difference in the best possible way—musically. Alma is a VP in Learning and Development at Regions Bank.
Our board members
kim kacani, Vice President
Senior Vice President, HHHunt Communities
Sybil Bowman, secretary
Executive Administrative Assistant, Philip Morris USA
stan orchowsky, treasurer
Research Director, Justice Research and Statistics Association
Owner, Virginia Grace Event Mangement
Mary K. Brown, MBA, CMP
National Sales Manager, Richmond Region Tourism
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Camp Studios
Network Ops Advisor, Anthem, Inc.
CEO, Richmond Behavioral Health