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, The Rock N’ Roll A cappella Chorus of NJ, City Singers Youth Choirs, as well as several choirs from the Public Schools of Richmond. In addition to his work with OVC, Dr. Atkins is the Director of Choral Music at Falling Creek Middle School in Chesterfield, VA; where he teaches choral music to students in grades 6-8. 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 levels in VA.
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.
Our Board of Directors
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.
kim kacani, Vice President
Senior Vice President, HHHunt Communities
stan orchowsky, treasurer
Research Director, Justice Research and Statistics Association
Owner, Virginia Grace Event Mangement
Mary K. Brown
Director of Member Services, Virginia Press Association
Network Ops Advisor, Anthem, Inc.
CEO, Richmond Behavioral Health