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 Music Director

For the 2022-23 season, LCCO is led by Musician Director Vincent Povázsay, co-director and conductor of earspace, a contemporary chamber music ensemble based in Raleigh. He also serves as a cover conductor with the North Carolina Symphony. 

 

Povázsay received his Bachelor of Music from UNC-Chapel Hill where his focus was on percussion, mostly orchestral, but also in wind and percussion ensembles. He earned a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, where he served as assistant conductor of the NU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

 

Povázsay has served as Assistant Conductor for productions with the North Carolina Opera. In 2018, he conducted the world premiere staging of Family Secrets: Kith and Kin, a chamber opera written and conceived by a team of North Carolina-based artists. 

 

In addition to LCCO, Povázsay has appeared with the Janáček Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern Philharmonia, UNC Symphony Orchestra, Meredith College Opera, and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.

LCCO Musicians from 2021-22 

First Violin

Jean Bynum

Jody Crafford

Rebecca Laster

Kristen G. Price

Jessica Rivas

Ueli Schweizer, Concertmaster

Wendy Steslicke

Debbie White

 

Second Violin

Miriam Bryant, Principal

Maggie Flowers

Hannah Hendricks

Ken Hoyle

Samantha Lane

Tracy Rivas

Emily Rubio

Anne Marie Schwankl

Sharon Valentic

Brooklyn Wimberley

 

Viola

Joli Brooks

Karen Huey, Principal

Emily Troutman

 

Cello

Elisabeth Crandall, Principal

Jessica Dunham

Dr. Bill Hall

Alexa Hughes

Caitlyn Laster

Sophie Miller

Wanda Wazenegger

Bass

Rebekah Louis-Jean

Reinette S. Stephenson, Principal

Flute

Kayla Brockhoff

Deborah Godfrey

Jillian Storey, Principal

Robin Whitten

Clarinet

Lauren Winkens, Principal

Pat Wright

Oboe

Brian Skinner, Principal

Siena Stevens

Thomas Turanchik

Ger Vang

 

Bassoon

Brian Souza, Principal

Megan Prochnau

Thomas Turanchik

Harp

Joe Hanna

Saxophone

Richard Bissell

Mandolin

David Watson

Horn

Sue Agazzi

Catherine Flocken

Thayer Hicks

Eric Keith, Principal

Mike MacIntyre

Matt Miller

Robert Stagg

Doug Thompson

Mitch Weaver

 

Trumpet

Zichau Liu

John Manning, Principal

Joshua Martin

Anna Shepherd

Dylan Quick

Trombone

Van Groce, Jr., Principal

Ella M. Lazenby

Don Wazenegger

 

Tuba

Brad Simpson

 

Euphonium

Doug Thompson

Percussion

Ben Cain

Greg Lewis, Principal

Melissa Mitchell

Jeff Neal

Tony Waller

(List includes musicians who have performed in one or more LCCO concerts).

Concertmaster

Ulric (Ueli) Schweizer is in his nineteenth season as concertmaster of LCCO.  A native of Georgia, Ueli began playing violin at age ten when his family moved to South Carolina.  With a B.A. in music from UNC-Greensboro, he is an active performer, playing regularly in a myriad of venues and for a variety of occasions in the Piedmont region.  

 

As concertmaster, he has been highlighted as a soloist in several LCCO concerts including performances of Dvorák's Romance and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, pianist Dr. Mayumi Osada, and repairs string instruments at Moore Music Company.

Music Director Emeritus

 

Tara Villa Keith served as LCCO's music director for eleven seasons through 2019. She is an associate professor of music at Davidson College and the music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.  Under her direction, the DCSO was the national winner of The American Prize 2018 for orchestral performance in the collegiate division.

 

Previously, Villa Keith served as cover conductor with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; assistant conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas); guest conductor for the Northwest School of the Arts Symphonic Orchestra, North Carolina All Eastern Regional Strings Orchestra, Union Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina), Macon Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), and Opera at USC (South Carolina).