Auditions are open for the following vacancies:

There are currently no openings for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

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
082118 CSO HS DM 03
Vahn Armstrong
081418 CSO HS DM 17
Cheryl Bintz
082118 CSO HS DM 23
Adrienne Finet
081418 CSO HS DM 06
Ming Gao
081418 CSO HS DM 36
Amanda Gates
081418 CSO HS DM 24
David Hult

Olga D. Kaler
081418 CSO HS DM 12
Liana Kirvan
081418 CSO HS DM 23
Lenelle Morse
081418 CSO HS DM 05
Erica Robinson
081418 CSO HS DM 40
Anton Shelepov
081418 CSO HS DM 39
Marian Tanau

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Second Violins

082118 CSO HS DM 14
Diane Bruce
081418 CSO HS DM 09
Simon Lapointe
082118 CSO HS DM 09
Barbara Berg
081418 CSO HS DM 27
Cynthia Berginc
082118 CSO HS DM 01
Margaret Cooper

Karen Lord-Powell
081418 CSO HS DM 20
Gabriel Pegis
082118 CSO HS DM 21
Jonathan Richards
081418 CSO HS DM 08
Lara Sipols
081418 CSO HS DM 26
Marcia Steel

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Violas

081418 CSO HS DM 37
Chris Fischer
081418 CSO HS DM 42
Cynthia Frank
082118 CSO HS DM 02
Connie Lorber
082118 CSO HS DM 20
Kayleigh Miller
081418 CSO HS DM 25
Karl Pedersen
081418 CSO HS DM 38
Jennifer Stahl
082118 CSO HS DM 12
Eva Stern

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Celli

081418 CSO HS DM 35
Jolyon Pegis
081418 CSO HS DM 10
Lars Kirvan
081418 CSO HS DM 29
Peter Anderegg
081418 CSO HS DM 22
Daryl Goldberg
081418 CSO HS DM 02
Igor Gefter
081418 CSO HS DM 33
Genevieve Guimond
081418 CSO HS DM 03
Marie Shmorhun
082118 CSO HS DM 16
Jeffrey Szabo

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Bassi

081418 CSO HS DM 34
Owen Lee

David Rosi

Patricia Dougherty

Peter Haas
082118 CSO HS DM 05
Caitlyn Kamminga
081418 CSO HS DM 01
Bernard Lieberman

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Flutes

081418 CSO HS DM 11
Richard Sherman
081418 CSO HS DM 16
Kathryn Levy (piccolo)

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Oboes


Jan Eberle

Joan Wright
082118 CSO HS DM 06
Jason Weintraub

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Clarinets

081418 CSO HS DM 04
Eli Eban
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William Amsel
081418 CSO HS DM 13
Dan Spitzer

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Bassoons

081418 CSO HS DM 18
Jeffrey Robinson
Ben-Atherholt web
Ben Atherholt
081418 CSO HS DM 31
Sean Gordon

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French Horns

082118 CSO HS DM 18
Roger Kaza
082118 CSO HS DM 22
William Bernatis
081418 CSO HS DM 32
Donna Dolson
081418 CSO HS DM 19
Charles Waddell
081418 CSO HS DM 41
Mark Robbins

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Trumpets


Charles Berginc
081418 CSO HS DM 14
Peter Lindblom
082118 CSO HS DM 17
Leslie Linn

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Trombones

081418 CSO HS DM 30
John Marcellus
081418 CSO HS DM 43
Eric Lindblom (bass)
082118 CSO HS DM 10
Chris Wolf

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Tuba

081418 CSO HS DM 21
Frederick Boyd

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Percussion

082118 CSO HS DM 04
Brian Kushmaul
082118 CSO HS DM 13
Thomas Blanchard
082118 CSO HS DM 07
Pedro Fernandez

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Timpani

081418 CSO HS DM 07
Stuart Chafetz

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Harp

082118 CSO HS DM 19
Beth Robinson

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Manager

  • Marian Tanau

Librarian

  • Lara Sipols, principal
  • Adrienne Finet, associate principal
  • Margaret Cooper, assistant
  • Leslie Anderegg, assistant
  • Elizabeth Richards, 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 Chautauqua. Increase your fun and pleasure by being a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League. Only at Chautauqua 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 Chautauqua, 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 2019 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.

2018 CSO League Brochure

1874–1903

1874–1903

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 Chautauqua 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 Chautauqua a creative arts climate in which students find enhanced study conditions and the audiences find added selective enjoyment of the arts.