Bay Atlantic Symphony Elects New Officers To Board of Trustees For Calendar Year 2018



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ( January 8, 2018 ) — Bay Atlantic Symphony is proud to announce its new Board of Trustees leadership for calendar year 2018, and welcomes a brand new board member to its ranks. A member of the Board of Trustees since 2014, Cheryl O’Hara has been named Board President, and two-year board member Sheila F. Hughes, Esq. has been named Vice President. Bob Woodruff, Sr. remains in the position of Treasurer and Charles O’Hara will continue to serve as Secretary. Joining the board for the first time is casino and hospitality consultant, former casino industry executive in both Atlantic City and the Midwest and university instructor Mr. Robert Ambrose.

“I have been a fan of the Bay Atlantic Symphony for many years and serving on the board for this community treasure has been my privilege. I am both honored and humbled to serve as president of the Board of Trustees. In this capacity, I look forward to contributing my time and talents towards the continued growth and success of this beloved performing arts organization,” stated Cheryl O’Hara.

A life-long summer resident of Avalon, Cheryl became a year-round resident upon her retirement in 2012. A graduate of Lafayette College (BA Biology) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (MBA Marketing and Organizational Design), for most of her career Cheryl was a professor for McGowan School of Business of King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA). In addition to teaching in the fields of marketing and business, Cheryl was one of the leaders in the design of King's nationally recognized curriculum assessment process. She also served as Associate Dean for Continuous Improvement while at King's and authored the successful accreditation report for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Upon relocating to the Washington D.C., Cheryl worked in the Institutional Research Office at Hood College (Frederick, MD), where she oversaw the implementation of their competency-based curriculum assessment plan.

In addition to being a Board member of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Cheryl is a member of the Advisory Council for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) for Cape May County and is the current President of the Avalon Book Club. Cheryl’s other interests include photography, all things related to food, and traveling with her husband Chuck.

“I’ve watched the Bay Atlantic Symphony grow from a small, regional symphony to a world-class orchestra attracting some of the most talented classical guest performers in the world. It has been my privilege to serve on the board for the last year, and I
look forward to assisting in the ongoing evolution of the symphony as board Vice President,” stated Sheila F. Hughes Esq.

Sheila Hughes is an attorney at the Military Assistance Project ("MAP") headquartered in Philadelphia. As an AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow and a VA accredited attorney, Sheila provides pro bono legal services to veterans and active service members facing financial crisis. Sheila is also an Executive Board Member of the Atlantic County Bar Association and of South Jersey Life Skills Lab, Inc. Sheila spent eight years as an associate in the commercial litigation department at Cooper Levenson in Atlantic City. During that time she was recognized as Atlantic County's Outstanding Young Lawyer 2014 and Atlantic City Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 2013. Sheila lives in Atlantic City and travels the world as much as she possibly can.

Mr. Robert Ambrose is a casino and hospitality consultant, a former casino industry executive in both Atlantic City and the Midwest, and currently serves as an adjunct university instructor of casino and hospitality management for Fairleigh Dickinson University. Robert has an MS in hospitality management and is an editorial contributor for various gaming industry publications.

“The opportunity to join the esteemed group of professionals serving on the board of trustees for Bay Atlantic Symphony was one I could not pass up,” stated Robert Ambrose. The orchestra has become an amazing performing arts asset to the region, and I am thrilled to be a part of guiding its future.”

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About the Bay Atlantic Symphony

The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services.

Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource. By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually-impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2017 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit , call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.


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Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.