The flagship ensemble of the organization, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has evolved over six decades dedicated towards community engagement. Presenting a season of orchestral classics to holiday pops, the orchestra's performances provide enrichment and entertainment to diverse audiences. Read more about the history of the orchestra here.


Violin 1
Edward Eanes,*
The John A. Williams Chair
Robert Givens
Assistant Concertmaster
Jennifer Bull
James Cobb
Heather Hart
Rob Maza
Jennifer Sersaw
Kelly Thomas
Kevin Young
Tina Yu

Violin 2
Angele Lawless *
The Anne Game Chair
Angela Baddock
Evelyn Champion
Beth Collier
Amber Dobbs
Curtis Gardner
Chuck Gunsaullus
Susie Hines

Ryan Lavender
Lucas Scalamogna
Liz Smith
Jill Stokes
Jeff Valerioti
Rachel Vigil

Cheree Mitchem *
Susie Carson
Jonathan Davis
Christina Esposito
Jim Johnson
Paula Krupiczewicz
Erin Lehman
Melinda Mauter

Dave Miller

Laurie Moore
Greg Selig
Heather Vincenty
Blake Wright

David Lloyd *
Megan Deason
Wesley Holmes
John Howell
Heston McCranie
Nirav Patel
Stephanie Peterson
Dorian Silva
Dwayne Wasson

Double Bass
Robert Goin *
Emma Berman
Maximilian Simmons
Joshua Weathers
Nicholas Wheeler
Moe Winograd


Julie Koenig *

Jeanne Carere *
Frankie Cavanah
Dana Meyer

Alexandra Shatalova Prior*^
The Christopher Clark Chair
Karen Milchus

Justin Stanley *
Shaquille Southwell

Bass Clarinet
Daniel Barker

Debby Grove *
Dan Worley

John Grove

French Horn
Jason Eklund *
The Todd Youngblood Chair
Edward Ferguson
Cindy Laminack
Cole McDonald
Scott Sappington

Kevin Lyons *
The Michael Eis Chair
Jesse Baker
Bobby Calmes
Geoff Gay

Eric Alexander *
Jen Mitchell

Don Strand

John Lawless *
The John and Linda Cooke Chair

Jeff Kershner
The Randall F. Romig Chair
Greg Roman

* = Section Principal


Inspiring and innovative performances are a trademark of Timothy Verville’s work as a music director and conductor. Driven by a desire to share great music with audiences and develop genuine outreach in communities, his creative and thoughtful style of musical programing has received acclaim across the country. Guided by his leadership, orchestras he has directed have achieved new organizational growth and increased audience attendance. All combined, this makes him a uniquely multifaceted and multitalented music director for the modern age.

Verville is the Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared internationally at the Kyushu International Festival, and with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra, Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fukuoka University Orchestra. U.S. guest conducting includes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

With the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Verville has energized audiences while expanding concert offerings. He created a celebrated multi-year American music initiative which includes performances by the organization’s orchestra, jazz ensemble, chorus, and youth orchestras. Under this series, Verville has commissioned new works and presented regional and world premieres. Most notably was the Georgia premiere of William Grant Still’s And they lynched him on a tree at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. This performance combined the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus with the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spelman College Glee Club, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble. The resulting 200-voice chorus and orchestra received standing ovations in a highly emotion-filled set of performances. 

He also designs the National Endowment for the Arts supported Sensory Friendly concerts. These community based events are created specifically for audience members with special needs and their families.

Verville served as Associate Conductor and then Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, and continues an ongoing affiliation with the ensemble. He was Music Director of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra, Music Director of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, Artistic Director and founder of Arizona Pro Arte, and served as conductor of the Pollard Theatre.

With the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Verville began as an instrumentalist before being invited to become Associate Conductor. He directed music of Vaughan Williams for a CD release and performed as an instrumentalist on several other recording projects for U.S. and international releases. Verville also directed the orchestra on successful tours in Japan. This includes conducting a marathon four-and-a-half-hour concerto concert with eight soloists and a full chorus, and a grand finale performance day featuring three different full-length concert programs.

In Phoenix, his work with Arizona Pro Arte (an organization he founded) generated original and unique collaborative events. These included the incorporation of other artistic disciplines, organizations, and technology. This creative approach to programing resulted in exponential audience growth and sold out performances. His leadership helped build the organization to include a highly successful summer orchestral series, a chamber music program, a dance ensemble, establish a composer in residence, create a 50 minute “Symphonic Shots” performance, and institute a multi-year “Call for Scores” competition that at its height received over 920 applicants from forty countries in a single season.

Committed to sharing great new music, Verville routinely commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premieres. He has also counseled  emerging composers across the country and worked with the Tucson Symphony’s Young Composers Project, which Yo-Yo Ma praised as an “extraordinary program.”

An award winner in the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Verville was mentored by esteemed conductors James DePreist, Stephen Lord, Bruce Hangen, and Timothy Russell. Additionally he studied conducting in masterclasses with Neil Varon, David Effron, and at the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival with Michael Jinbo. He earned degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, and the Boston Conservatory.

Timothy Verville resides in Georgia with his wife and two children.


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