GALLIPOLIS — The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre recently announced the beginning of its “Maestro for a Moment” competition featuring Jan Bergdoll of Pleasant Valley Hospital, Matt Traywick of Traywick Financial Services, and Ryan Yavorsky of Holzer Health System.
“Maestro for a Moment” is the annual campaign of The Ohio Valley Symphony, resident orchestra of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, to promote awareness of symphonic music and raise funds to support live OVS performances on the historic Ariel Opera House stage. The individual who raises the most money will be featured as a guest maestro during the symphony’s performance of “Sleigh Ride” during the OVS Christmas Show on Dec. 2.
Jan is a native of Gallipolis. She is known to those in both Mason and Gallia counties as the ultimate cheerleader and supporter of her husband coach Wayne Bergdoll, of their children and grandchildren, of athletes and their parents, of community friends, and of anyone who is lucky enough to cross her path and receive a “glittery hug.”
Through the years, Jan has been seen by friends as an example who shows first-hand how love and kindness can bring a community closer together. Obstetrician and gynecologist Fri Mofor-Eta, M.D., nominated Jan to represent Pleasant Valley Hospital in this season’s The Ohio Valley’s Symphony Maestro for a Moment fundraising campaign.
Originally from Columbiana, Traywick decided to settle in Gallipolis while passing through during a motorcycle trip. He stopped to rest, and while sitting on the swings overlooking the Ohio River was struck by peaceful river views. That day changed the course of his future, leading him to become a Gallia County resident and managing partner at Traywick Financial.
Traywick holds a Bachelor of Science from Franklin University, and is also a graduate of both the Ohio State Patrol Academy and the West Virginia State Police Academy. Before becoming a financial professional, he served his community as an Ohio State Trooper and a Parkersburg City Police Officer.
In his spare time, Traywick enjoys riding his motorcycle and he loves the outdoors. He dreams of making Gallipolis a better place for the future, and has a passion for helping all children succeed. He believes strongly in his faith. He enjoys spending time with his wife, and fellow managing partner, Jaime Traywick, and children, Gabriella, 2, Jackson, 7, and Ava, 10.
Ryan Yavorsky recently moved to Gallipolis from Athens where he is a third-year medical student at Ohio University. Now completing his residency at Holzer Health Care Systems, Ryan was pleased to learn of Gallipolis’s own professional orchestra, The Ohio Valley Symphony, and was excited to attend his first OVS concert in September which featured violinist David Kim. Growing up in Youngstown, he became passionate about music and learned to play the viola and bass along with other instruments.
In his free time, Yavorsky occasionally writes for a music blog, and he also enjoys both playing and watching soccer. He received a degree in Cognitive Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and has completed research in neurology both there and at Ohio University.
Fore more information about the symphony or Maestro for a Moment, visit arieltheatre.org.