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.

Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Kate Tamarkin, 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

KatePortraits0075-X2Kate Tamarkin (2006 - Present)

Described by Leonard Bernstein as “extremely musical, a vivid personality, and a strong performer,” Kate Tamarkin has achieved a distinguished national and international reputation as a conductor of orchestras at many levels. In 2016, she celebrated her tenth anniversary as Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony.

Learn more about Kate here.

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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

Seth Cook, Principal

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 2016 - 2017 season will take place on August 22-24, 2016. Sign-up sheets will be placed in the Old Cabell Hall lobby beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, August 20, 2016. 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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