Board of Directors
Jonnie Owens, President
Suzanne Snijder, Past President
Marilyn Jean White, Vice President
Amy Pavlock, Treasurer
Karen Dalton, Secretary
Alan Wellman joined the Claremont Chorale as Artistic Director in 2018. Wellman previously served as Artistic Director of the Northwest Choral Society from 2010 to 2017, has directed choirs at several churches in Chicago, and currently is part of the music ministry team at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, CA. He joined the performing arts faculty at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Wellman's degrees include a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation (Mishawaka, IN), a Master in Music in choral conducting from California State L.A., and a Bachelor of Music—vocal/choral emphasis from Roosevelt University.
Vernon Snyder joined the Claremont Chorale as accompanist in 2019. He has performed collaborative and solo concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and live on radio (Classical King FM Seattle). His work includes frequent performances with the vocal duo Duetto and piano four-hands repertoire with the Lin-Snyder Duo, with recent collaborations throughout the Los Angeles area with artists from the LA Master Chorale and LA Opera. As an avid educator, Dr. Snyder has served on the piano faculty at Pomona College, and currently CSU Pomona. Vernon is author of An Introduction to Music (Great River Learning, 2017), an interactive digital publication for use in the university classroom.
Dr. Snyder holds degrees from Southern Oregon University (B.A., Music Performance, Music Education), California State University, Long Beach (M.M., Music Performance), and Claremont Graduate University (D.M.A., Music Performance), where he studied piano, as well as early keyboard instruments. He has held various appointments as music director and organist within congregations throughout Oregon and California, and was recently the featured organist in Saint-Seans "Organ Symphony," with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra.