Livia Gho was born and raised in Singapore and is intimately familiar with sounds from both the Eastern and Western world. A classically-trained pianist, she is also proficient in the Chinese zither (Zheng) and voice. Livia is a recent graduate from the Master’s program in Choral Conducting at Indiana University and received a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Livia sang at Carnegie Hall with the NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and with IU’s top vocal jazz group at the acclaimed Rose Hall in Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has furnished studio recordings for Hal Leonard Publishing and was named the Graduate College Winner in 2014 DownBeat magazine’s 37th Annual Student Music Awards. She is an experienced choral and orchestral conductor, and is sought after as a choral and orchestral composer.
Livia is fully supportive of a wide spectrum of lives, including those who do not fit society’s labels. Although Livia believes that musical excellence is paramount, she also believes that the Chorus is a support system and network for women who join this musical community. She sees it as her responsibility to maintain and strengthen the fabric of these relationships within the Chorus by acknowledging its history and helping to build its future.
Dr. Ashley Snavley, Pianist
In December of 2014, Ashley graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance, where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Marshall. While attending ASU Ashley also studied collaborative piano, harpsichord, and fortepiano with Professor Russell Ryan. She accompanies and performs regularly with various musical groups and churches throughout the valley. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After moving to Arizona, Ashley held a position at St. Barnabas Episcopal church in Scottsdale, where she served as interim choirmaster and organist as well as the youth and children’s music associate and handbell director. Ashley was recently appointed the Director of Music and Arts Ministries at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, after serving as the organist and assistant director for three years. She has played and participated in recitals on organs in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. In her free time, Ashley enjoys doing yoga, hiking, playing volleyball, and running marathons.