Our Musicians

First Violin

Jody Crafford

Kristen G. Price

Ueli Schweizer, concertmaster

Debbie White

Kim Whitney

 

Second Violin

Miriam Bryant, principal

Hannah Hendricks

Ken Hoyle

Rebecca Laster

Carolina Mijangos

Brittany Pence

Emily Rubio

Anne Marie Schwankl

 

Viola

Richard Hoyle

Karen Huey, principal

Karla Perez-Hernandez

Emily Troutman

 

Cello

Elisabeth Crandall, principal

Jessica Dunham

Dr. Bill Hall

Alexa Hughes

Caitlin Laster

Manly Lucas

Sophie Miller

 

Bass

Mark Snyder

Reinette S. Stephenson, principal

Flute

Kayla Brockhoff

Paula Rolka

Jessica T. Simmons, principal

Robin Whitten

 

Oboe

Aria Milsap, co-principal

Janna Steinson

Thomas Turanchik, co-principal
 

Clarinet

Lauren Winkens, principal

Pat Wright

Bass Clarinet

Melissa Mitchell

 

Bassoon

Georgia Barrett

Jack Fanning

Brianna Souza, principal

Jan Streifer

 

Horn

Sue Agazzi, acting principal

Eric Keith, principal

Matt Miller

Robert Stagg

Robert Thomas

Denise Wallace

 

Trumpet

William E. Boyce, principal

John Enloe

Daniel Simmons

 

Trombone

Van Groce, Jr., principal

Ella Mitchum

Don Wazenegger

 

Baritone

Sarah Miller

Tuba

Ian Dunham

Brad Simpson

 

Timpani & Percussion

Reid Haslup

Gregory Lewis

Melissa Mitchell

Jeff Neal

Tony Waller

 

Harp

Joe Hanna

Below is a list of the musicians who played during the 2019-2020 half-season.

Concertmaster

Ulric (Ueli) Schweizer is in his nineteenth season as concertmaster of the 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. One of his interests involves acting and playing in Let Your Children Tell, a play produced by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina about children who were sent to concentration camps in WWII. 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 has been a 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).

 

Read more about Tara Villa Keith's leadership of the LCCO at History.

Reinette S. Stephenson
Reinette S. Stephenson

LCCO Board President & Principal Bass

Ueli Schweizer
Ueli Schweizer

Concertmaster

Tara & Eric Keith
Tara & Eric Keith

Music Director & Principal Horn

Reinette S. Stephenson
Reinette S. Stephenson

LCCO Board President & Principal Bass

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Need event music?

Several of our LCCO musicians play solo and chamber music for special events such as weddings and receptions.  If you would like music for an event, please feel free to contact one of the musicians listed below.

Elisabeth Crandall - cello, string quartet

elisacrandall@gmail.com

Karen Huey - viola, string quartet

kfiddler100@yahoo.com

Jessica Traversino Simmons - flute

jtraversino@gmail.com

Daniel Simmons - trumpet, brass

danielksimmons@gmail.com

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 Music Director

For the 2021-22 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.

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