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 Music Director

For the 2023-24 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 for 2023-24 

First Violin

Jody Crawford

Margareta Johnson

Rebecca Laster

Kristen G. Price

Jessica Rivas

Ueli Schweizer, Concertmaster

Debbie White


Second Violin

Miriam Bryant, Principal

Maggie Flowers

Samantha Lane

Beth McCollum

Tracy Rivas

Anne Marie Schwankl

Aya Schillig



Joli Brooks

Karen Huey, Principal

Emily Troutman

Kim Whitney

Deborah Wood



Elisabeth Crandall, Principal

Kelsey Douglas

Jessica Dunham

Dr. Bill Hall

Caitlyn Laster

Peter Swanson

Wanda Wazenegger


Reinette S. Stephenson


Kayla Brockhoff

Deborah Godfrey (piccolo)

Shea James

Jillian Storey

Robin Whitten, Principal


McKinley Baker

Lauren Winkens, Principal

Jillian Storey

Pat Wright


Brian Skinner

Thomas Turanchik, Principal



Meghan Prochnau

Jan Streifer

Cynthia Swink

Ethan Yang, Principal

English Horn

Karisten Daniel


Joe Hanna


Daniel Aston, Principal

Joe Heaton

Eric Keith

Mike MacIntyre

Sara Smith

Robert Stagg

Pruette Wells



Josh Carpenter

Eddie Fulk

Jordan Fulk

Josh Martin


Van Groce, Jr., Principal

Ella M. Lazenby

James Owle

Don Wazenegger



Carl Jones

Brad Simpson


Greg Lewis, Principal

Melissa Mitchell

Tony Waller


Ulric (Ueli) Schweizer is in his twentieth 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).

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