Dr. Dora Schnur studied voice with the late Mme. Marianne Casiello in Philadelphia for many years and currently studies with Karen Hagerman. She has performed numerous recitals and concerts for area Jewish organizations including an annual opera gala for the Beth El Synagogue Seniors Group, and for Hadassah and for Greenwood House. Dora most recently performed a joint recital of Yiddish songs arranged for soprano by Max Goldins at 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, NJ with soprano Janet Nagourney, violinist Rachel Katz and pianist Bill Beitmann. Her operatic roles included Angelica in a concert production of Suor Angelica with New York Opera Forum. From 1989 to 1996, she lived in St Louis where she performed regularly with the Midland Repertory Players (Opera in the Barn) of Alton, Illinois and studied with Elizabeth Sherman at CASA (St Louis Conservatory for the Arts). Her performances with Midland included the title role in Offenbach’s La Perichole, First Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute and numerous concerts. She made her operatic debut in 1985 with the Delaware Valley Lyric Opera of Philadelphia in the role of Blonde in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. In addition to DVOC, she has performed with various other local opera companies and was a member of Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia for many years and a member of the Jewish choral group LASHIR. Currently, in addition to performing, Dora teaches voice privately in her home. In her “other life”, she was a computational chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years and after retirement from BMS started her own contract consulting company. She also was an adjunct faculty member at The College of New Jersey. Dora possesses a Ph.D. in chemistry from Temple University where she also studied voice and music history.