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.

Concertmaster 2022

Karl Durland


At Age 5 Karl began his violin studies in the Suzuki program under Dr Barbara Barber in Lubbock Texas. At age 11 he started piano and at age 16 began studies in music composition and electronic music.

Karl attended the Brevard Music Festival for three seasons and was a winner in the concerto competition on piano. The following year he started his college studies at the University of North Texas as a music composition major with a concentration of violin performance, and Texas Tech with music education.

After college, Karl was a member and performed with several orchestras between Texas, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington State, including the Lubbock Symphony, Abilene Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Oregon Mozart Players, Corvalis Symphony and Bellevue Philharmonic. Some of the many artists he has performed with are Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Vladimir Feltsman, Lara St. John, Andy Williams, Louise Mandrell Jose Feliciano, John Denver and the Moody Blues.

Karl currently teaches piano and violin privately and is also a piano technician with both Charlottesville Piano and David Weiss Piano Service.

Principal Cellist

Elizabeth Epstein

Beth Epstein Photo

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

Clara Mincer with Jordan's Horn

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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