The Orchestra

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia is one of Central Virginia’s leading musical ensembles. Exciting Masterworks, Holiday and Pops concerts regularly bring audiences to their feet.  Orchestra members also perform at a wide variety of community engagement events and take great music into K-12 classrooms throughout a seven-county region.

The Charlottesville Symphony is a unique blend of professional musicians – many of whom are also music faculty members at the University of Virginia – accomplished community members and talented university students from diverse academic fields.  Together, they create high-energy learning and listening experiences that led one concertgoer to write:

What a privilege to enjoy a performance worthy of a metropolis in a small city like Charlottesville!

Music Director

Benjamin Rous

2017 - present

Admired for his dynamism on the podium, Benjamin Rous was hired as Associate Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among audiences throughout southeastern Virginia.  Promoted to Resident Conductor in 2013, he took on an expanded role on the VSO's calendar, where he performs annually on every series including Classics, Regional Classics, Pops and the VSO@Roper series.  In the summers he pursues his love of education, serving as faculty conductor at Greenwood Music Camp in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Click here to read more about Ben.

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Daniel Sender, Concertmaster
Mary Dean Scott Chair

David Sariti, Principal
Robert D. Cross Memorial Chair

Ayn Balija, Principal
Elizabeth W. Gatewood Chair

Adam Carter, Principal
Genevieve B. Horween and Marion H. Chase Chair

Peter Spaar, Principal
Robert and Ruth Cross Chair

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Kelly Sulick, Principal
Thomas C. and Margaret M. MacAvoy Chair

Kelly Peral, Principal
Jason I. and Ellen U. Eckford Chair

Shawn Earle, Principal
Henry Jacob Javor Chair

Elizabeth Roberts, Principal
Ann Saunders Roberts Chair

Katy Ambrose, Principal
Johanna and Derwood Chase & Chase Investment Counsel Corporation Chair

Rachel Duncan, Principal
Dr. and Mrs. Kennerly H. Digges Chair

Nathaniel Lee, Principal
Rawson-Jones Chair


Anastasia Jellison, Principal
The Jefferson Trust Chair

Timpani & Percussion
I-Jen Fang, Principal
James E. and Yolonda T. Roberts Chair

John Mayhood, Principal


Membership in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia is open to all UVA students, faculty and community musicians through audition. Auditions for the 2017 - 2018 season will take place on August 21-23, 2017. Sign-up sheets will be placed in the Old Cabell Hall lobby beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Auditions consist of a brief prepared selection of your choice and orchestral excerpts.  Instructions and excerpts for individual instruments are available for download through the link below. (Additional audition times may be arranged in case of overflow or unavoidable conflicts.)

The orchestra rehearses Wednesday evenings, 7:30-10:00pm, during the UVA academic year. Additional participation in sectional rehearsals is required. String sectionals meet Monday evenings, 5:30-7:00pm. Wind and brass sectionals meet Wednesday evenings, 5:15-6:15pm. Percussion sectionals are scheduled as needed by the Principal Percussionist.

For audition excerpts and more information visit:

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Coming soon.

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