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
Kristen G. Price
Ueli Schweizer, Concertmaster
Miriam Bryant, Principal
Anne Marie Schwankl
Karen Huey, Principal
Elisabeth Crandall, Principal
Dr. Bill Hall
Reinette S. Stephenson, Principal
Jillian Storey, Principal
Lauren Winkens, Principal
Brian Skinner, Principal
Brian Souza, Principal
Eric Keith, Principal
John Manning, Principal
Van Groce, Jr., Principal
Ella M. Lazenby
Greg Lewis, Principal
(List includes musicians who have performed in one or more LCCO concerts).
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).