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Board of Directors
President & CEO, Karlene McGill
Born in a log cabin in Stone County, Missouri, Karlene spent most of her career as aclosing specialist for several title companies, rising to the position of vice-president. Karlene became the camp director for the second Traditional Ozark Music Camp and has coordinated both the camps and the Possum Holler Fiddlers since that time. Karlene has been the “hands-on” person since that time, being instrumental in organizing camps, arranging performances at churches, fund-raisers and festivals. She has organized out of the area trips to Kansas, St. Louis, Scotland, and Washington D.C.
Vice-president, Craig Dudenhoffer - Craig is a parent and manager of Wal-mart Store.
Secretary, Wendy Wright - An active supporter of OMM, Kim is a parent and an elementary school teacher.
Treasurer, Lowell Thomsen - Until his retirement, Lowell Thomsen was the chief financial officer for Tela-Trip Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mutual Of Omaha. After his move to the Ozarks, Lowell became active in community organizations, particularly his church, where he serves in several capacities including that of church treasurer.
Director , Judy Domeny Bowen - Judy is an elementary school teacher and since childhood an Ozark folksinger extraordinaire
Consultant, Bob McGill - Bob was employed for seventeen years as a Youth Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Service. Following that, he was the founder and director of a not-for-profit corporation, Ozark Adventures. He holds a PhD. from the Union Graduate School, Cincinnati Ohio.
History of Ozark Mountain Music
Initial funding for the Traditional Ozark Mountain Music Fiddle Program came from Ozark Adventures, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation in Branson, Missouri.
• 2008 concert at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Art in Springfield by various area musicians in support of the new traditional fiddle music program.
• 2008 1st Traditional Ozark Fiddle Music Camp held in Mountain View, Arkansas. All subsequent camps have been held at various hotels in the Branson, Missouri area.
• 2008 First Performance by the Possum Holler Fiddlers. Silver Dollar City, other appearances on KSFC television, and at the Taney Center, Forsyth.
• 2009 Inauguration of Governor Jay Nixon, Jefferson City, Missouri
• 2009 - 2011• Other performances by the Possum Holler Fiddlers included Founders Day in Hollister, Kansas Prairie Day, Arkansas City, KS, Optimist Club in Springfield, Moe-Bandy Pre-show, Branson, and the Missouri Folklore Society, Big Muddy Festival, International Reading Teachers Convention, Branson (3,000 in attendance), Elderhostel Programs, the New Harmonies, Smithsonian Exhibit, Cassville, Pre-show, Dutton Theater, Gainesville Festival, and at additional churches and festivals throughout the Ozarks,
• 2010 Ozark Mountain Music incorporates to become a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, taking on the responsibility for the music program. Funding from Ozark Adventures, (now the Ozarks Heritage Foundation) the Missouri Arts Council, performances by the Possum Holler Fiddlers, and donations by supporting groups and individuals continues.
• 2011 The Possum Holler Fiddlers appear ten times in their trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland to an estimated 10,000 people.
• 2012 - 14 The Possum Holler Fiddlers make a dozen performances including appearances before Navy Veterans, the White River Valley Historical Society, The Branson Fiddle Festival, and two television stations. The Possums have now performed at the White House two different times, in 2012 and 2014. Additional performances have included twenty (20) appearances at bluegrass festivals, churches, assisted living homes, Chambers of Commerce, the Crane Broiler Festival, churches, benefits, and the Ozarks Writers League 35th Anniversary.
Also, in 2013 Ozark Mountain Music began an after-school program providing weekly fiddle lessons to young students from the area. This program is now expanding quickly and is in need of additional funding. It is our hope to expand this to young homeless students this year.
Our inspiration. Legendary Ozark fiddle player Bob Holt. (1930-2004). A true Ozark treasure, Bob knew hundreds of traditional Ozark tunes. With the accompaniment of fellow musicians, he played at community dances across the Ozarks and was renowned for the heavy and energetic beat of his dance music. In 1999 he was awarded a National Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts at the White House, followed by a performance at the Kennedy Center.