Director of state fair's youth choir put on leave

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Courtesy of the Associated Press

Charles R. Snyder, the director of the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, has been put on leave because of a Columbus police investigation.

Virgil Strickler, manager of the state fair, said today that Snyder is not the focus of the investigation but he would not say who else is involved or give details.

Strickler would only say that he put Snyder on leave because he is the choir director. Beth E. Vaughn, the associate choir conductor, will lead the choir until Snyder’s return, Strickler said.

“He might be here tomorrow or he might not be here at all,” he said. “I haven’t fired him. I was informed of an investigation and I put him on leave until things got calmed down.”

The 200 members of the choir, which draws high-school students from around the state, are scheduled to arrive at the fairgrounds this evening to begin rehearsals. Choir members live on the fairgrounds and perform throughout the 12-day fair, which opens on Wednesday.

Snyder, 67, of Coshocton, has been the choir director since 1992. He also is the music director and conductor of the Presbyterian Church of Coshocton, the Coshocton Community Choir, the Coshocton Children’s Choir and the Coshocton Youth Chorale, according to the youth-choir website.

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