Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of dedicated members who volunteer their time because they believe in the mission of the Earlville Opera House. Every exhibition we host and concert we stage is due in part to their dedication. So don't be afraid to say hello and ask any of us about what's going on at the Earlville Opera House. We love this place as much as you do, and we're thrilled to share our stories!
BRUCE WARD, BOARD PRESIDENT
When I first shook the hand of my freshman-year R.A. At Colgate University in 1971, he said “This is a great place to be if you just get involved with the community. In fact, there’s a group forming to save an old opera house building just five miles from here.” Well, as an 18 year old I did not get involved then, but when I returned to the area some years later I as delighted to become a board member and serve on the programming committee. The Earlville Opera House has been a very special place for me ever since. As an architect I’m in love with the building, and it’s a perfect time capsule to take us back to 1892. As a musician, I love how the Opera house brings live music to the area that we might otherwise never hear. And I love that our galleries help support many artists while bringing high quality visual art to our rural area. It’s a special place, and the volunteers who make it run are special people.
JEFF BARY, BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
I discovered my musical interests in Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana while I was a graduate student living in Nashville. I came to take for granted that I could go out any nigh of the week and see world-class musicians at places like The Station Inn and Robert’s Western World. I don’t live in Nashville anymore, which makes having an incredible venue like the Earlville Opera House with it’s rich history, stellar acoustics, and world-class musicians so important to me. EOH is a laid back, welcoming place where everyone can feel at home and enjoy an evening of excellent music with a couple hundred of new friends who share a love of music. I simply can’t get enough of this place.
NICOLE WEAVER, TREASURER
CRAIG BRUNDAGE, BOARD MEMBER
As a lifelong music fan and recent transplant from New York City, the Earlville Opera House provides a beautiful local venue for me to be able to see touring musicians. I have enjoyed seeing a variety of acts there from the country-blues of singer songwriter Ellen Jewel to slide guitar master Sonny Landreth. I’m looking forward to the shows coming up this season and beyond.
daine fenton, BOARD MEMBER
I have been a member of the Earlville Opera House since I moved to Hamilton in 2014. The first minute I walked in the door, I felt an instant attachment and that feeling has never left me. The shows I have seen and the time I have spent volunteering are some of my best memories. The talent that the Opera House attracts is phenomenal and the atmosphere is really special. The EOH is a treasure.
andy forstenzer, BOARD MEMBER
As a new area resident and new Board Member I’m excited about this season’s concert agenda and the many other wonderful events planned for community participation. This is a great team of volunteers offering their time to engage our neighbors in the cultural benefits of Central New York living.
brendan o’connor, BOARD MEMBER
I was fortunate enough to play the EOH stage in 2010 and several times since then. It is a unique space, not only in its design and how it sounds, but also in its history. It is an honor to be able to help preserve this space in CNY and see some of my favorite performers so close to home. As we move to a full year of programming, I hope more of the region gets a chance to enjoy this wonderful theater.
leslie pasco, BOARD MEMBER
I moved to Hamilton 7 years ago and remember driving past the EOH and wondering what was inside of the beautiful historic building. I attended the Holiday shop that December and was genuinely impressed by the beauty and preservation of the building. As a musician, I am always looking to support the Arts and am very happy to be on the board. The programming at the EOH offers something for everyone and all age groups. It is a very special place.
joseph mettler, board member
margaret fetzko, board member
I moved to Earlville as a young girl and grew up on a dairy farm just outside of town. I had always had an interest in the arts and eventually pursued a degree in Art Education. As fate would have it, my career brought me back to Chenango County and I became an Elementary Art Teacher for Norwich City School District. I bought a home in Earlville, on West Main Street- right down the road from the beautifully restored Earlville Opera House. Through the years I’ve had chances to interact with this gem of a landmark in a variety of ways. From school field trips to teaching many different art classes for kids and adults. Of course I’ve enjoyed several wonderful musical performances, and now I get to give back as a Board Member. The Earlville Opera House holds many fond memories for me and I am excited for it’s future.
alexandra erath, board member
Born and raised in Chenango County and a graduate of Sherburne-Earlville High School, Alexandra spent four years studying at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. After several years working for her alma mater, Alex returned home to central NY in 2012 to partner with her father, Bruce, in the financial services industry.
Since joining the business, she has continued to serve their client base while working to grow their practice to help more families and businesses. In 2017, Bruce & Alex formed Hearth Financial Partners. With offices in Norwich and Hamilton NY, Alex and Bruce continue to provide financial planning services for individuals and businesses throughout New York State and the Northeast.
Alex is an active member of both the Chenango County and Hamilton communities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, the Earlville Opera House, the Norwich Business Improvement District, and Cornell Cooperative Extension for Madison County.
jodi odell, board member
My first experience with the Earlville Opera House was viewing my daughter’s artwork being featured as part of the annual “Student Art Show”. I just remember our entire family being in complete awe of the space and its historical importance the first time we visited. Since that show, our family has attended events and supported the Opera House on various occasions. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to participate on the Board of the Opera House, I jumped at it! It is an incredibly unique treasure in our local community and the programming being offered continues to grow, bringing a greater appreciation of the arts to individuals of all ages. Spreading the word about this special place is something I enjoy doing frequently!