Board of Directors

President – Denise Murray
Treasurer – Lisa Goehler
Music Director – Philip Clark
Director – William Lassetter
Director – William Sweeny

Openings available for additional BOD Members

Music Director

Philip Clark

CCOBorn in Somerset, England, Philip Clark graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where his teachers included Nannie Jamieson, Peter Schidlof, Max Rostal, the Amadeus Quartet, William Pleeth and Emanuel Hurwitz.

He has performed with many distinguished ensembles including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Menuhin Festival Orchestra, and has worked with William Walton, Benjamin Britten, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich among many other distinguished artists. As a soloist and string quartet player, he has played in more than thirty countries. He has taken part in many recordings, and broadcast with the BBC and other European stations, the Australian and New Zealand Broadcasting Corporations. He has also played before the Queens of England and Holland.

He taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Lancaster in the U.K., Auckland in New Zealand, and Kent State University in Ohio. Before coming to Charlottesville in 1991, he was a professor of Violin and Viola at Ithaca College in New York.

Philip Clark composes and arranges music and has compiled and published numerous, popular collections available through Latham Music. Locally, he has organized orchestras and chamber music workshops in the Charlottesville area, taught at the Village School, St Anne’s Belfield School, Charlottesville High School, performed with the Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, The Virginia Consort and conducted the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra. He continues to maintain a private studio in Ivy where he teaches violin and viola.

Conducting Intern, 2019

Nick Anderson

Nick’s conducting training began under Professor Kate Tamarkin in his second year; after her retirement, he worked extensively with Profs. Ben Rous and Michael Slon.  He assembled and performed a senior recital consisting of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, and conducted during rehearsals of both the University Singers and Charlottesville Symphony.  As a conductor for six semesters with the student-organized Cavalier Symphony Orchestra, he has led a variety of classical and popular performances and served as the Principal Conductor for 2018.

Nick maintains an active playing career as well.  After reaching the All-Virginia Orchestra in his first five months as a violist, he has been a fixture on the roster of the Charlottesville Symphony for the last five seasons.  At UVA, he took piano lessons under Prof. John Mayhood and performed as an accompanist on recitals and juries for a large number of classmates. In addition, his recent composition for piano trio, GW150914, was selected by the Neave Trio to be included in their residency performance.

Concertmaster 2020

Amy Jeffries 

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Amy, a native of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, began her music career on the piano at age six. When she was nine she started studying violin in her public school orchestra program and continued to play both instruments through high school. She was active in many ensembles including a strolling orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Symphony.

Amy attended Oklahoma State University where she received a degree in public horticulture. While there she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra and studied privately under Dr. Laura Talbott.

Upon graduation, she began her career as a Horticulturist at the Dallas Arboretum. She later moved to Charlottesville and worked as the Garden Superintendent at Monticello. She and her husband, Jonathan, have a four-year-old daughter named Anna and a nearly one-year-old son named Leo.

Principal Second Violinist 2019

Anna Fontaine 

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Anna started playing violin when she was 4 years old under Nora Teipen in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout grade school and high school she continued taking lessons and participating in various ensembles in the St. Louis area. Anna played with the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra and earned the concertmistress seat for the majority of her high school years. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Civil Engineering, her first job took her to New Jersey, where she played with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and for local weddings. After working as a Civil Engineer in the northeast for a few years, Anna moved to Crozet with her husband, John, and 1 year old daughter, Susan. She enjoys playing with the CCO as well as the Crozet Catholic Church Music Ministry!

Principal Cellist 2020

Elizabeth Epstein

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Beth began playing the cello at age 8 in Buffalo, New York under the tutelage of Alden Ring, cellist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Except for several busy years when her children were young, Beth has loved every minute of playing in various orchestras and ensembles since childhood. An Associate Professor at the UVA School of Nursing, Beth keeps busy with research and teaching. She always looks forward to Wednesday night CCO rehearsals and is delighted to be playing with such a wonderful conductor and orchestra.

 Principal Horn

Clara Mincer

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Clara is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. Her music career began at age seven as a trumpet student. She received at B. M. Ed. from Madison College (JMU) and an M. Ed. in the teaching of reading from the University of Virginia. She taught elementary school for ten years and then worked as an Coordinator in the Charlottesville Public Schools for the remainder of her career.

She currently performs with the Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Monticello Quintet, High Street Trio, Charlottesville Horn Club and Crozet Community Orchestra. Clara has also performed in the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra, the Waynesboro Symphony, the Lynchburg Symphony, Ash Lawn, and for various churches, weddings and musicals. In addition, she teaches brass students from ages ten to eighty privately in her home.

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