Board of Directors
President – Denise Murray
Treasurer – Lisa Goehler
Music Director – Philip Clark
Director – William Lassetter
Director – William Sweeny
Board Consultant – David Collyer
Born 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’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.
Principal Second Violinist
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!
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.