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Principal Musicians

Daniel Sender, Concertmaster
The Mary Dean Scott Chair

David Sariti, Violin
The Robert D. Cross Memorial Chair

Ayn Balija, Viola
The Elizabeth W. Gatewood Chair

Adam Carter, Cello
The Genevieve B. Horween &
Marion H. Chase Chair

Peter Spaar, Bass
The Robert & Ruth Cross Chair

I-Jen Fang, Timpani & Percussion
The James E. & Yolonda T.
Roberts Chair

Anastasia Jellison, Harp
The Jefferson Trust Chair

Kelly Sulick, Flute
The Thomas C. & Margaret M.
MacAvoy Chair

Aaron Hill, Oboe
The Jason I. & Ellen U. Eckford Chair

Rob Patterson, Clarinet
The Henry Jacob Javor Chair

Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon
The Ann Saunders Roberts Chair

Maria Serkin, Horn
The Johanna & Derwood Chase
and Chase Investment Counsel
Corporation Chair

Christopher Buchanan, Trumpet
The Dr. & Mrs. Kennerly H.
Digges Chair

Nathaniel Lee, Trombone
The Rawson-Jones Chair

Seth Cook, Tuba
















Fourteen of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia's fifteen principal musicians are members of the Performance Faculty in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia.


Daniel Sender, Concertmaster
The Mary Dean Scott Chair

Daniel Sender enjoys a diverse musical career and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China.  A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sender holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Education from Ithaca College and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Sender was a Fulbright Scholar at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied with the Hungarian violinist Vilmos Szabadi, collaborated with teachers at the Folk Music School of Óbuda, and carried out research in support of his dissertation, "Folk Elements in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Music."

Prior to his Fulbright Fellowship, he served as first violinist of the Adelphi String Quartet, the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, under the tutelage of the Guarneri and Left Bank Quartets.  The Adelphis were semi-finalists in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and gave many performances, including an acclaimed collaboration with the Axelrod Quartet for a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet at the National Museum of American History on the Smithsonian's collection of Stradivarius and Amati instruments.

Named a Presser Scholar by the Theodore Presser Foundation, Sender was also the recipient of numerous grants and awards that funded research and performances in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Austria.  He served for four years as the violinist of the Annapolis Chamber Players and his recording of Walter Gieseking's chamber music can be heard on the Centaur label.

Sender serves as concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra.  Additionally, he makes frequent appearances as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Virginia and Maryland.  He is on the faculty of the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Music and holds summer faculty positions at the Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts' Adult Chamber Music Camp and U.Va's Summer Chamber Music Camp.  Sender's teachers include Vilmos Szabadi, Gerald Fischbach, David Salness and the Guarneri Quartet.

David Sariti, Violin
The Robert D. Cross Memorial Chair

Violinist David Sariti maintains a career of uncommonly diverse musical accomplishments, with a repertoire spanning from the seventeenth century to the present day. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in recent months as guest artist at universities throughout the East and Midwest. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2005, where he maintains a studio of violin students, coaches chamber music and directs the Baroque Orchestra and the Palladian Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless student ensemble. He performs at UVa in the Rivanna Quartet and other faculty chamber collaborations, and as Principal Second Violinist of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

He was commissioned by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to premiere an award-wining work by composer Anna Weesner. Also accomplished on the Baroque violin, he performs frequently with the Washington Bach Consort and in collaboration with harpsichordist Bradley Lehman. He has edited a violin sonata from 1657 by Heinrich Lizkau for its first-ever publication by Prima la musica!. His interest in early music has lead to research and a series of programs for Monticello on music from the collection of Thomas Jefferson, culminating in the recently-released CD Music from the Jefferson Collection.

Dr. Sariti has taught violin and music history at the Hartt School, and is an author dedicated to the advancement of string pedagogy. His articles have been regularly featured in American String Teacher, California Music Teacher, and American Music Teacher. He completed his doctorate at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) in the Honors Chamber Music program, writing on "The Austro-German Violin Sonata, c. 1650". He also holds degrees from the University of Akron and Ithaca College. Studies were with Katie Lansdale, Pamela Gearhart, Pamela Frank and members of the Cleveland and Miami Quartets. He performs on a violin by the noted Boston maker Andrew Ryan, from 1997.


Adam Carter, Cello
The Genevieve B. Horween & Marion H. Chase Chair

Cellist Adam Carter joined the faculty of U.Va’s McIntire Department of Music in 2008. He currently teaches cello and chamber music at UVa and is Principal Cello of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Previously, he played with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin. He has also won positions with the Akron Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic and Cedar Rapids Symphony, and performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. An active teacher, Mr. Carter was adjunct professor of cello and bass at Ripon College (Wisconsin) and taught with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison.

As a founding member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, Adam travels the country playing new works for cello octet. The Ensemble was awarded a grant from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music for its accomplishments in the creation and performance of contemporary music, a grant from the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts and a grant from the Fromm Foundation. The Ensemble has recorded on Bridge Records and Albany Records. Mr. Carter is also a top prize winner at the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Adam grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers include Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliot, Robert Marsh and Uri Vardi.

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Peter Spaar, Bass
The Robert & Ruth Cross Chair

Pete Spaar has served as principal bass of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia since 1989. He serves on the music performance faculty at the University of Virginia where he teaches classical and jazz bass and is a member of the Free Bridge Quintet. He has performed with the Fort Worth and Roanoke Symphonies and is currently a member of the Richmond Symphony. He has extensive freelance experience as both a jazz and classical bassist, including performances with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Mose Allison and Emily Remler.

Mr. Spaar holds a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University and a Master of Music degree from University of North Texas. He has studied with Thomas Lederer, principal bassist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Rob Patterson, Clarinet
The Henry Jacob Javor Chair

Recognized for his “rich, luscious tone quality” (The Clarinet), Rob Patterson is quickly establishing himself as an exciting and versatile young clarinetist.  Mr. Patterson is the clarinetist with the Opus 39 and VERGE ensembles, the Lyrique en Mer Festival in France, and is on the faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  During the academic year, he serves as Lecturer in Music at the University of Virginia and as Principal Clarinet of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.   He has been a featured author in the International Clarinet Society’s The Clarinet magazine.

Patterson is the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which allowed him and pianist Audrey Andrist to record their debut CD, Gumbo.  In 2011, Gumbo earned the duo a Washington Area Music Association Wammy for Best Classical Recording of the Year.  That same season, Mr. Patterson was a Strathmore Artist in Residence that included a series of solo recitals, masterclasses, educational concerts and a recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Particularly at home in chamber music, Rob Patterson has performed with some of the great artists of our time around the world.  He was invited to perform and present a masterclass at the Taipei Municipal University in Taiwan and at the University of Southern California’s Global Leadership Conference.  At the invitation of Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman, he joined the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival for performances with Inon Garnatan, the Miami String Quartet and Ms. Zukerman herself.  At the Music from Angel Fire Festival he performed with such notables at Toby Appel, Theodore Arm, Ida Kavafian, Rafael Figueroa and Bill Purvis.  At the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival,  Boston Globe critic Jeffrey Johnson observed that in his performance of Edison Denisov’s Ode (1968), Mr. Patterson “played the part with command, finding the extremes the work sought to articulate.”

A portion of a Brahms Clarinet Quintet performance with Patterson and violinist/violist  Ida Kavafian was released on CD as part of the “Season Selections” series at the Curtis Institute of Music.  The concert in its entirety was also broadcast on television on Phildelphia’s WHYY ARTS series and on the radio with WRTI Philadelphia. 

Previous orchestra engagements include the Middletown Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Blue Ash Symphony, Colorado College Festival Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as the Southeast Iowa Symphony where he was also an Artist-in-Residence.

Patterson has served as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Annapolis, Fairfax and Culver City Symphonies.  Additionally, he has played with the National, Richmond, Roanoke, Haddonfield, Peninsula and Downey Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Washington National Opera Orchestra.  He plays regularly in the orchestra for the Washington Chorus, Washington Choral Arts Society, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Concert Artists of Baltimore and the U.Va University Singers.

A Cincinnati native currently residing in Washington, D.C., Rob Patterson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California

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Kelly Sulick
, Flute
The Thomas C. & Margaret M. MacAvoy Chair

Kelly Sulick currently teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Principal Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville for three years.  She earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California and recently completed three seasons as principal flute with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, California.  Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar for her academic achievements.

She has performed as Principal Flute with the USC Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the University of MIchigan Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band, and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.  She has appeared as a concerto soloist with several ensembles, including most recently the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southern Ilinois Music Festival.

Equally at home on the concert and popular stages, Ms. Sulick has performed and recorded with several rock bands, including The New Fidelity, a Mod-Power Pop outfit from southern California; Superdot, a world music group based in Detroit; and Ann Arbor, Michigan singer-songwriter Timothy Monger.  A champion of new music, she has premiered several works and participated in the Minimalist Jukebox series, a music festival curated by John Adams.

Ms. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, and was awarded the prize for the best performance of Kristin P. Kuster's "Perpetual Afternoon."  She has been a finalist or semi-finalist in numerous national competitions, including The Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation National Debut Competition, and the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition.  She has received the Leni Fe Bland Foundation Scholarship, the Mary Adams Balmot Memorial Scholarship, and the Thornton School of Music Dean's Scholarship.  Ms. Sulick has recorded several compact discs, including William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience under Leonard Slatkin, a Naxos release that received four Grammy awards including Best Classical Album.

Her principal teachers include Jim Walker and Amy Porter.


Aaron Hill, Oboe
The Jason I. & Ellen U. Eckford Chair

Aaron Hill serves on the music faculty at the University of Virginia, and plays principal oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia as well as English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.  Summers find him performing as principal oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Hill holds Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos which won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album.

From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Hill played principal oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed as principal oboe with the Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Richmond Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony and the International Contemporary Ensemble.  He was awarded the Grand Prize in the Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Competition and the Leche Trust Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition.  He travels around North America as an active recitalist and masterclass clinician, and has been a featured speaker at the TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival conferences.  His oboe teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, Nancy Ambrose King and David Weiss.


Ayn Balija, Viola
The Elizabeth W. Gatewood Chair

Joining the Performance Faculty in 2007 as Lecturer in Viola at the University of Virginia, Ayn Balija serves as Principal Violist of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville. She is the Director of the University of Virginia Chamber Music Series that highlights the talents of the Performance Faculty and Co-Director of the Tea Time Recitals, the student performance series. She is also a member of Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Balija teaches lessons as a Boyd Tinsley Tutor in the Charlottesville Public Schools, performs outreach concerts, serves as President of the Virginia Viola Society and maintains a private viola studio. She is also a frequent substitute with the Richmond Symphony.

Ayn Balija earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jeffrey Irvine and Peter Slowik continue to be her principal instructors and mentors. She has also studied with members of Apollo's Fire including Jeanette Sorrell and Cynthia Roberts. She has attended numerous summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Banff Center, Credo and the Colorado College Summer Festival where she was an orchestral musician, chamber coach, mentor and quartet fellow. In 2006, Ms. Balija was awarded the Aspen Mentor Fellowship to aid in the instruction of aspiring orchestral musicians.

Other interests include modern music and early music performances on the baroque viola.


Maria Serkin, Horn
The Johanna & Derwood Chase and Chase Investment Counsel Corporation Chair

Maria Serkin is the Lecturer of Horn at the University of Virginia and the Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Previously, she was the Principal Horn of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony, Horn Professor of the New World School of the Arts, Co-Principal Horn with the Sarasota Orchestra and a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. 

While earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Serkin performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra and the Boston Early Music Festival.  She was also a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has done extensive work with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Her New York and Miami recording credits include work with The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, Gloria Estefan and ESPN. 

An avid educator, Ms. Serkin has taught horn master classes extending from the University of Arkansas and The Juilliard School to the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary. Her doctoral research established a progressive method of transposition – a first in the advancement of horn methodology.

Seth Cook, Tuba

Having already performed in over twenty countries, Seth Cook has quickly defined his skill and talent as a tubist. Growing up in a musical family just south of Boston, Seth began his musical development with piano lessons at age five, followed by tuba lessons with Jerry Shaw at the age of ten. At fourteen, he was invited to join the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. During high school, he studied with Atlantic Brass Quintet tubist John Manning and at Boston University and the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Receiving Bachelors degrees in Music Performance and Musicology at Northwestern University, Seth spent his undergraduate years working with Rex Martin, Gail Williams and other Northwestern brass faculty. In 2003, he was appointed principal tuba of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas with which he toured Central and South America. The following year, he was invited to join the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, as Principal Tuba. There, he worked and performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, and performed under the batons of Valery Gergiev and Fabio Luisi.

In 2006, Seth received his Masters of Music from McGill University in Montreal, working closely with Dennis Miller, Principal Tubist of L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. During his time at McGill, he was a member of two quintets that each won the American Brass Quintet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Cook moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006, and quickly became a popular freelancer. He performs regularly at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, working with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In 2008, he was privileged to play for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at National Stadium, and in 2009, was featured at the Kennedy Center in the revival production of Ragtime: The Musical which went on to Broadway.

An outgrowth of his passion for coffee, Seth helped plan and open a specialty coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, which he also currently runs in his spare time.

Seth resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, pianist Sophia Kim Cook.

Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon
The Ann Saunders Roberts Chair

Elizabeth Roberts, Principal Bassoon and Outreach Coordinator of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, also serves as Principal Bassoon of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Roberts joined the music performance faculty in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in 2001. She is the bassoonist with the Albemarle Ensemble, UVA's resident faculty woodwind quintet. She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony. She has performed as a soloist with the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, the Harid Conservatory Orchestra, the Waynesboro Orchestra and at the 2010 International Double Reed Society Conference. Ms. Roberts is an adjunct faculty member at Lynchburg College and in the Adult Degree Program at Mary Baldwin College. She teaches bassoon, reedmaking and chamber music in the Charlottesville area.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. She taught kindergarten for two years in suburban Chicago, then began pursuing her dream of becoming a professional musician. She earned a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Harid Conservatory, where she studied with Arthur Weisberg and received the Award for Outstanding Musical Performance; and a Master of Music Performance degree at the University of Southern California, where she studied with Stephen Maxym. During her second year at USC she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, was selected to be a Presidential Fellow, and was awarded the Dean's Special Commendation.  Ms. Roberts has completed additional studies on bassoon with Frank Morelli and Nancy Goeres, and on contrabassoon with Lew Lipnik.

As a student, Ms. Roberts held fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (CT) and at the Aspen Music Festival (CO) where she served as principal bassoonist of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen for three summers. She has participated in the master class program at the Banff Music Centre where, during the summer of 2008, she was selected to perform chamber music with faculty members Richard Killmer, James Campbell, Frøydis Ree Wekre and Frank Morelli. Ms. Roberts has performed and taught at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (VA), Beyond the Notes (UVA), Music Mind and Reading (NC) and at the Cascade Festival of Music (OR). She currently serves as the Music Advisor for Old Crozet School Arts, and was nominated for the 2008 Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts.

Ms. Roberts has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross. She also gave the Virginia premiere of a recently discovered concerto for bassoon by Gioacchino Rossini.


Christopher Buchanan, Trumpet
The Dr. & Mrs. Kennerly H. Digges Chair

Christopher Buchanan is a dynamic performer with a diverse musical background. Equally at home playing music of the fifteenth century as he is on the orchestral stage, his performance has been praised as possessing “technical wizardry and compelling melodic storytelling” as well as “breathtaking virtuosity (ITG Journal, May 2012).” He has appeared with ensembles across the United States, including the U. S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Baltimore Baroque Band. As of this summer, he is a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. 

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Christopher received Bachelor of Music degrees summa cum laude in both trumpet and composition from the University of Illinois in 2006, where he studied with the late Michael Ewald and Ronald Romm of the Canadian Brass. He continued his studies at Illinois and earned a Master of Music degree in 2007. He has completed all coursework and exams toward the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet as well as a Master of Music degree in musicology from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he has studied with Joe Burgstaller and Edward Hoffman.

An active soloist, chamber musician and educator, Christopher has performed and given masterclasses throughout the nation, including the International Trumpet Guild Convention, John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky, James Madison University, Northern Illinois University and the National Music Festival. He is also a committed early musician, performing on natural trumpet, cornetto and recorder. As a composer and arranger, he has written for the United States Marine Band, United States Naval Academy Band, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher’s scholarly work has dealt with such figures as Giovanni Gabrieli, Hildegard von Bingen, Heinrich Schütz and Orlando di Lasso. His dissertation, Giovanni Gabrieli and the German Baroque, recounts the musical exchange between Germany and Northern Italy at the turn of the seventeenth century and is based in part on research conducted at the Archivio di Stato in Venice. Additionally, his historical edition of Gabrieli’s Sonata XVIII was published by Balquhidder Music. In 2012, he took part in an international effort to reconstruct the chansonniers of Nicholas Du Chemin, and he is currently involved in a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses natural language processing and linked data technology to explore relationships between musicians of the Renaissance. In his spare time, Chris enjoys running marathons and ultramarathons, as well as spending time with his wife, Katie, and his dogs, Satchmo and Penny.

Nathaniel Lee
, Trombone
The Rawson-Jones Chair

Nathaniel Lee is the Lecturer of Trombone and Principal Trombone of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

Prior to his appointment at the U.Va, Nathaniel was pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Brass Pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he served as the trombone studio teaching assistant. During his studies there, he was awarded the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Award for Outstanding Graduate Soloist. Recently, he was an invited guest artist at James Madison University's trombone festival "Tromblowin' 2014."

In 2012, Nathaniel was selected by Lorin Maazel to perform in the Castleton Music Festival. As part of the Castleton Orchestra, he performed in the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman and in the Virginia and D.C. area. Nathaniel served as Principal Trombone for the Ash Lawn Opera Festival and has played with the Boston Philharmonic, Opera on the James, the Oratorio Society of Virginia and the Waynesboro Symphony.

Nathaniel earned his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from The New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

He occupies the Charlottesville Symphony's Rawson-Jones Principal Trombone Chair endowed by Mr. and Mrs. John Rosenblum.


I-Jen Fang, Timpani & Percussion
The James E. & Yolonda T. Roberts Chair

I-Jen Fang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and began her musical education at age six taking piano. Taking up percussion at the age of nine, she came to the United States at age fifteen to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, she received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she served as a teaching fellow. Her principle teachers include Tim Adams, Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith and Ed Soph.

As a percussionist, Ms. Fang has performed or recorded with artists such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Mark Ford, Mike Mainieri, Michael Spiro, Nanik Wenton and Nyoman Wenton. She was a guest marimba soloist with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra in Austria, France, Hungary, Romania, and South Africa. Also, she has performed as a soloist with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a pianist, she was a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition. In 2003, she was a featured performer with the Bain Percussion Group at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In that same year, she was selected as a marimba soloist to perform in the Marimba Mania Concert at the 6 èmes Journées de la Percussion in Paris, France. In 2004 she performed at PASIC as one of the finalists in the Solo Vibraphone Competition. In 2005 she was invited to perform on the Gamelan Gender Wayang at PASIC 2005.

Ms. Fang has performed with many ensembles, which include the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, UNT Indoor Drumline, Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, UNT Steelband, South Indian, Gamelan, Afro-Cuban, contemporary and classical percussion ensembles, and is a member of a percussion quartet, the Bain Percussion Group. She has been involved with recording eleven CDs and a DVD with the North Texas Wind Symphony on the Klavier and GIA labels.

Anastasia Jellison, harp
The Jefferson Trust Chair

Anastasia Jellison holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux, principal harp of the Cleveland Orchestra for 47 years. In 1999 she completed her Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, under the instruction of Paula Page, principal harpist of the Houston Symphony.

Miss Jellison has extensive experience as an orchestral harpist. She has played with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, the Knoxville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and with several other ensembles throughout Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. She has toured Europe with the North Carolina School of the Arts, attended the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Round Top, TX, and has traveled to Japan with the Pacific Music Festival. She was a member of the Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio from 2000-2007 before joining the faculty of the Brevard Summer Institute and Festival in North Carolina in the summer of 2008. Miss Jellison has also played with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for the past three summers and in 2008 was featured as a soloist performing the Ginastera Harp Concerto. She debuted with the Roanoke Symphony for the 50th Anniversary Concert in a performance of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. She was named principal harp of the RSO in 2005.

Anastasia worked as a full-time harp teacher for the Richmond Public School System from 2001-2003 and was Director of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble from 2003-2007. She currently teaches at the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, and Washington and Lee University. She also instructs private students from Richmond, Roanoke, and Williamsburg.