VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Key Persons


Akiko Fujimoto

Job Titles:
  • Conductor

Alex Partow

Job Titles:
  • Production / Stage Manager

Averi Kasecamp

Job Titles:
  • Patron Services Coordinator

Becky Sawyer

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Officers Team
  • Treasurer / Norfolk

Benjamin Rous

Job Titles:
  • Conductor

Beth Hammes

Job Titles:
  • Payroll, Benefits, and Accounts Payable Manager

Bettie Minette Cooper

Job Titles:
  • Secretary of the VSF Board of Directors

Brooke Angelique Bates

Job Titles:
  • Call Room Manager

Carl Wilder

Job Titles:
  • Librarian
  • Principal

Christina Goode

Job Titles:
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors

Christina Havens

Job Titles:
  • Vice President of Orchestra Activities

Don Winchester

Job Titles:
  • Norfolk / Ex - Officio

Elizabeth Baroody

Job Titles:
  • Vice President of Development

Howard Kern

Job Titles:
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors

Jane Short

Job Titles:
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors

Jim Nesbit

Job Titles:
  • Orchestra Personnel Manager

JoAnn Falletta

Job Titles:
  • Music Director

Joe Bernard

Job Titles:
  • House Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Karen M. Philion - CEO, President

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Executive Director
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors
  • President
  • Director of Development for the Buffalo Philharmonic
  • Member of the 2017 CIVIC Leadership Class
As the President & CEO of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Karen Philion brings a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum of arts and cultural assignments to her position. Karen has significant experience in strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, believes passionately in the ability of the arts to connect people, and credits her management success to a radically open and highly collaborative leadership style. While earning her graduate degree at the University of Mississippi, Karen joined the editing team of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, hailed by the Washington Post as an invaluable guide to southern life, culture & history. Contributing more than twenty entries, her work includes articles on subjects as diverse as the Tidewater coastal region, to musical legends Patsy Cline and Dizzy Gillespie. From Mississippi, Karen headed north where she managed the day-to-day operations of a 28-member station statewide public radio network-the Alaska Public Radio Network. Major highlights there included successful initiatives with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Karen joined the orchestra industry at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, where she planned and implemented all marketing and fundraising activities for this statewide touring orchestra in 26 communities. She also helped create a statewide network of regional boards, an important mechanism that supported and positioned that VSO as a popular and successful attraction for residents and thousands of tourists throughout the state. As Director of Development for the Buffalo Philharmonic, Karen was recruited as part of a new senior management team to secure and rebuild the Orchestra's fundraising efforts by growing support for expanded programming, world-class artists, and critical stabilization initiatives - including the appointment of the orchestra's then new music director - JoAnn Falletta. During her tenure, the BPO enjoyed three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising, which represented more than 60% of all income. In 2011 Karen was recruited to the Virginia Symphony as VP of Development, during which time contributed income increased over three years by twenty percent. Since being named CEO in 2015, Karen has led the VSO in a transformative long-range planning process which is transforming the organization and challenging the idea of what a 21st century orchestra can mean to our community. She has assembled a dynamic team, created innovative community partnerships, and launched new strategic initiatives to provide support and opportunity to the VSO's musicians as they engage and enhance our community through the performance of live symphonic music. A member of the 2017 CIVIC Leadership Class, Karen spends her spare time with her family: two daughters, Laura and Libby, and her husband Tom Philion, another arts management veteran.

Kristen Kiekel

Job Titles:
  • Manager of Volunteers and Patron Engagement

Lauren DiPeppe

Job Titles:
  • Director

Linda Dyer

Job Titles:
  • Director of Development

Mike McClellan

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Officers Team
  • Chairman / Norfolk

Monica Meyer

Job Titles:
  • Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations

Patrick McDermott

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Officers Team
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors
  • Chairman Emeritus / Newport News

Paula Bonds

Job Titles:
  • Assistant
  • Librarian

Rachel Keene

Job Titles:
  • Development Communications Associate

Ray Landon

Job Titles:
  • Chorus Manager

Rebekah Geiselman

Job Titles:
  • Education and Community Engagement Manager

Robert Petterson

Job Titles:
  • Treasurer of the VSF Board of Directors

Robert Shoup

Job Titles:
  • Chorus Master and Staff Conductor

Rodney Martell

Job Titles:
  • Artistic Administrator

Rossen Milanov

Job Titles:
  • Conductor
Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Slovenian RTV Orchestra in Ljubljana. Dvorak's "New World" Symphony reflects on the bountiful and optimistic United States that welcomed the composer with open arms. Spirituals learned from the grandson of a freed slave and transcriptions of Native American melodies enrich this mix of European refinement and American earnestness.

Salvatore Parillo

Job Titles:
  • Operations Manager

Sarah Ortego

Job Titles:
  • VSS President / Williamsburg

Steve Winter

Job Titles:
  • Member of the VSF Board of Directors

Susan Goode

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Officers Team
  • Secretary / Norfolk

Tanner Antonetti

Job Titles:
  • Musician Representative

Teresa Kraus - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Wilkins

Job Titles:
  • Conductor

Tom Meurer

Job Titles:
  • VSO League President / Norfolk

Tom Reel

Job Titles:
  • Musician Representative

William Van Buren, III

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Officers Team
  • Vice Chair / Norfolk

Winthrop Short

Job Titles:
  • President of the VSF Board of Directors