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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 for 2022-23 

First Violin

Jody Crawford

Hannah Hendricks

Rebecca Laster

Kristen G. Price

Jessica Rivas

Ueli Schweizer, Concertmaster

Christian Smith

Wendy Steslicke

Debbie White

Kim Whitney


Second Violin

Miriam Bryant, Principal

Maggie Flowers

Ken Hoyle

Samantha Lane

Tracy Rivas

Emily Rubio

Aya Schillig

Anne Marie Schwankl

Sharon Valentic

Deborah Wood



Joli Brooks

Karen Huey, Principal

Ruth Johnson

Emily Troutman

Kim Whitney



Elisabeth Crandall, Principal

Kelsey Douglas

Jessica Dunham

Dr. Bill Hall

Caitlyn Laster

Sophie Miller

Wanda Wazenegger


Leslie Cottrell

Julien Cox

Allison Portnow Lathrop

Reinette S. Stephenson

Cindy Xu


Kayla Brockhoff

Deborah Godfrey (piccolo)

Julie Southwick (piccolo)

Jillian Storey, Principal

Robin Whitten


Lily Kie

Lauren Winkens, Principal

Pat Wright

Bass Clarinet

Melissa Mitchell


Brian Skinner

Thomas Turanchik, Principal

Ger Vang



Jack Fanning

Meghan Prochnau

Brianna Souza

Jan Streifer, Principal

Ethan Yang


Joe Hanna


Daniel Aston

Taylor Hicks

Eric Keith, Principal

Robert Stagg

Pruette Wells



Josh Carpenter

Ken Dodson

Jordan Fulk

John Manning

Josh Martin

Isabelle Taylor

Larry Wells


Franklin Cole

Van Groce, Jr., Principal

Ella M. Lazenby

Don Wazenegger



Carl Jones

Brad Simpson


Ben Cain

Greg Lewis, Principal

Melissa Mitchell (keyboard)

Jeff Neal

Tony Waller


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).

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