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milanov headshotChautauqua Institution is pleased to announce the selection of Rossen Milanov as the ninth music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As music director, Milanov will serve as the principal conductor and artistic director of the CSO and as an advocate for the orchestra and the classical arts within and beyond the CHQ community.

The 49-year-old Bulgarian-born conductor will begin his responsibilities immediately in preparation for his inaugural summer of residency in 2015. His public debut will take place at the CSO’s season-opening performance on Thursday, July 2, 2015, and he will conduct 10 concerts in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. “I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with the musicians of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, to catalyze the artistic growth, introduce new ideas, diversify the programming and connect with all of the CHQ community in a meaningful and inspiring way!” Milanov said.

The CSO is a professional orchestra that draws its membership from around the nation and around the world. It has grown from its original complement of 52 musicians to the current roster of 74 active members. 

First Violins

Brian Reagin

Vahn Armstrong

Cheryl Bintz
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Adrienne Finet

Ming Gao

Amanda Gates

David Hult

Olga D. Kaler

Lenelle Morse

Erica Robinson
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Anton Shelepov

Marian Tanau

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Second Violins

Diane Bruce

Simon Lapointe

Barbara Berg

Cynthia Berginc

Margaret Cooper

Karen Lord-Powell

Gabriel Pegis
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Jonathan Richards

Lara Sipols

Marcia Steel

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Chris Fischer

Cynthia Frank

Connie Lorber
Kayleigh Miller
Kayleigh Miller
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Karl Pedersen

Jennifer Stahl

Eva Stern

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Jolyon Pegis
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Lars Kirvan
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Peter Anderegg

Daryl Goldberg
Igor Gefter
Igor Gefter
Genevieve Guimond
Genevieve Guimond

Marie Shmorhun
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Jeffrey Szabo

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Owen Lee

David Rosi

Patricia Dougherty

Peter Haas
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Caitlyn Kamminga

Bernard Lieberman

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Richard Sherman

Emma Moon

Kathryn Levy (piccolo)

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Jan Eberle

Joan Wright

Jason Weintraub

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Eli Eban
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William Amsel
Dan Spitzer

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Jeffrey Robinson
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Ben Atherholt

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French Horns

Roger Kaza

William Bernatis

Donna Dolson

Charles Waddell

Mark Robbins

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Charles Berginc

Peter Lindblom

Leslie Linn

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John Marcellus

Eric Lindblom (bass)
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Chris Wolf

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Frederick Boyd

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Brian Kushmaul

Thomas Blanchard
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Pedro Fernandez

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Stuart Chafetz

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Beth Robinson

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  • Marian Tanau


  • Lara Sipols, principal
  • Adrienne Finet, associate principal
  • Margaret Cooper, assistant
  • Natalya Rose Vrbsky, assistant
  • Kayleigh Miller, assistant
  • Heidi Brodwin, part marker

Retired Members

  • Ronald Barnett
  • Harvey Biskin
  • Curtis Burris
  • Thomas Dumm
  • Andrew Galos (deceased)
  • Thompson Hanks
  • Roger Hiller
  • Vern Kagarice (deceased)
  • Muriel Kilby (deceased)
  • Donna Kole
  • Virginia Blakeman Lenz
  • Batia Lieberman
  • Anthong Milograno
  • Sidney Saltzman
  • Murray Schnee (deceased)
  • Raymond Schroeder
  • William Scribner (deceased)
  • Emile Simonel (deceased)
  • William Skerlong (deceased)
  • Steve Smith
  • Harry Taub (deceased)
  • Mary Whitaker (deceased)
  • Lee Wilkins
  • Dent Williamson
  • Matus Zelmanovich
  • Chaim Zemach

Enhance your symphony experience by becoming a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League

Music is such a big part of CHQ. Increase your fun and pleasure by being a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League. Only at CHQ can an audience member immerse themselves in the process of music making and all that goes with it. Have you ever had a question about an instrument, how a piece comes together as it does, why a musician chose their particular instrument, what the conductor’s intent was in their interpretation? At CHQ, you can find this out and more.

We welcome you, so come and enjoy the members-only picnic with the orchestra and Open Rehearsal at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, meet the musicians, and have fun. We look forward to another great summer in 2017 with music and friendship.

To join, please send your check payable to Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League for $30 Family or $15 individual to P.O. Box 751, Chautauqua, NY 14722.

If you are interested in volunteering, please so indicate with your check. Volunteers are always welcome for membership, to assist at events, hospitality or as needed.

CSO League Brochure



While Chautauqua Institution began in 1874 as a summer educational assembly for Sunday School teachers, it was intended from the start to include in due time scientific and broadly cultural subjects. But the rate of expansion surprised everyone. A home-reading program, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), launched in 1878, enrolled readers throughout the country. Schools of Languages and Music were set up in 1879 along with courses for public school teachers.

A School of Theology, almost totally a correspondence school, was chartered in 1881 to be followed by Chautauqua University in 1883, and a School of Liberal Arts in 1885. These were just some of the 19th century accomplishments of this popular mass educational movement, called The Chautauqua Movement.

Since the basic emphasis at CHQ was and is educational, the arts, including music, have been pursued in the context of education. Professional performances are presented by resident and guest artists, some of whom are also involved with teaching or master classes. Performances by younger professionals and by even younger talented students in the various schools (Dance, Music, Theater) give another expression of the educational work, while the overall music programming for Amphitheater concerts is designed not only to be balanced for the sake of the resident audience, but sufficiently expanded to offer new listening experiences. Thus, there develops naturally at CHQ a creative arts climate in which students find enhanced study conditions and the audiences find added selective enjoyment of the arts.