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  c                    George T. Amos recognized as one of the Shenandoah Valley's major choral conductors, begins                                     his 22nd season as music director of FROS. Mr. Amos has prepared and conducted the Society in semi-                                     annual concerts featuring great choral works of the masters.

Mr. Amos is the assistant Minister of Music at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester, Virginia. A student of Grammy Award winning conductor Robert Shafer, music director of the Washington City Chorus, Mr. Amos has conducted and judged many of the choral festivals and clinics throughout the valley. He has been the music director of the Virginia United Methodist Church All-State youth choir Voices of Youth, for 2004, 2005, and 2007. He has also been included in Who's Who in America, Teachers 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 and in Who's Who in America, Emerging Leaders 2006-2007.

In January 2000, the Shenandoah Arts Council honored him with an Artie Award for his achievement in music in the Shenandoah Valley, Mr. Amos earned his Bachelors of Music Education and Master of Music (Conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University.

                       Elizabeth (Buffy) Snapp Cooper is a graduate of Shenandoah College & Conservatory of                                     Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano Accompanying. While at Shenandoah, she                                               accompanied the Shenandoah Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, and the Shenandoah Singers under the                                   direction of Dr. David Stutzenberger. She has served as Music Director in several local churches, and has                                   accompanied choirs and musicals for local schools in Winchester and Frederick County, VA. Buffy is a free-lance accompanist at Shenandoah University, and substitutes as pianist for local churches. As a member of FROS, she has served as substitute rehearsal accompanist, President, Vice President, Librarian, Web Master, and social media coordinator. Buffy lives in Winchester with her husband, Mike Cooper, a local real estate broker and agent. 



Sopranos                                                            Altos                                                                                        

Kelly Canady                                                            Susan Achenback              

Melissa Jean Chávez                                                 Sandy Baumgart   

Ondrea Dane                                                            Cathy Brishcar

Nancy Ernst                                                              Pat Casey

Kathy Foster                                                             Buffy Cooper

Connie Fredericks                                                      Janna DeArment

Moya Gaffney                                                           Gail Hollinger

Brianna Lauffer                                                         Susan Hrbek

Wendy Putt                                                              Tracey Hughey

Annette Tutton                                                        Arline Link

                                                                                  Bernie Olson

                                                                                  Judy Raecke

                                                                                 Sharon Santmyers

                                                                                 Elfie Schmid

                                                                                 Dottie Trevor


Tenors                                                               Basses

Kell Achenbach*                                                        Brett Bement                    

Mary Bennett                                                            Eric Fredericks

Warren DeArment                                                    Jim Newman

David Freese                                                              Frank Schmid

Mark Jones                                                                Bill Stover                                               
Steven Mangano                                                        Ron Thomas*                         

                                                   *Section Leaders

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Connie Fredericks - President

Pat Casey - Vice President

Wendy Putt - Secretary

David Freese - Treasurer

Wendy Putt, Janna DeArment, Kell Achenbach, Ron Thomas - Section Leaders

Elfie Schmid, Mary Bennett - Members At-Large

Tracey Hughey - Librarian

Buffy Cooper - Past President

George Amos - Conductor