Who We Are

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Who We Are

 

 

What is your favorite piece of classical music? OR Who is your favorite artist?

What aspect of your role at the Richmond Symphony do you love the most?

 

 

David J.L. Fisk
Executive Director
804-788-4717 ext. 101
dfisk (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

 

Gail Robinson
Director of Finance & Administration
804-788-4717 ext. 103
grobinson (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

Barber’s Adagio for Strings is my favorite classical piece, but my first love in music is, of course, Bruce Springsteen (so very many songs to choose from, but I think Rosalita is my favorite!).

I want to be known around town for providing unparalleled accuracy in our financial reporting.  I love giving people what they want, quickly, when it comes to all sorts of financial matters. The best part is while I could practice accounting anywhere, I get to do so with an amazing group of people as we all work together to bring world class music to this great city.

  Shacoya Henley
Accounting and Human Resources Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 110
shenley(@) richmondsymphony.com
 

 

Matthew Gold
Librarian
804-788-4717 ext. 107
mgold (@) richmondsymphony.com

I’d say my favorite composer would be Prokofiev. And Beethoven. But ooooh, Bach. Yes, Bach. Wait. Mozart. Final answer, Mozart. Oh, but Bartok is such a genius. And Stravinsky! Yeah, of course! How long do I get to decide?

This orchestra is a force of some of the world’s most highly skilled musicians, who dedicate their lives to seeing that every performance, no matter what the venue, is up to the highest artistic standard imaginable. They do all this to deliver our crowd exactly what it is about this music that we love so much. Anyone who walks through our doors leaves each show a different person than who walked in.

  Pete Mathis
Operations Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 106
pmathis (@) richmondsymphony.com
 

 

Brent Klettke
Special Events & Assistant Production Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 112
bklettke (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

It’s hard to choose just one. I really enjoy Barber, Copland, Respighi and Mahler but I would have to say Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”.

For me after all the hard work to prepare for a concert, be it in the concert hall or outside at the Big Tent, to step back and see the audience truly enjoying the show. That makes it worth the effort and brings meaning to what we do.

Advancement & Patron Communications

 

 

Scott Dodson
Director of Advancement & Patron Communications
804-788-4717 ext. 120
sdodson (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

 

Pearl Bickersteth
Individual Giving & Special Events Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 116
pbickersteth (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

My favorite composer is Hans Zimmer. I love all his film scores.

I love working with a great group of people. Everyone here is hardworking, dedicated and super fun to be around. That atmosphere makes for a great work environment.

 

 

Aaron Frisbie
Box Office Assistant & Office Manager
804-788-1212 ext. 113
aaronfrisbie (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

César Franck ,Violin Sonata in A major: Allegro

The best part about my role at the Richmond Symphony is talking to patrons about our programming, and helping them find concerts that fit their preferences!

Carrie Thornbrugh
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 121
cthornbrugh (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

Black Sabbath. Iommi brought back the tritone or the “devil’s interval” in a big way.

 

 

 

Ashley Moore
Production Designer
804-788-4717 ext. 117
amoore (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

Coming from a ballet background, I’ve always had a soft spot for Tchaikovsky. His ability to tell a story through music is so powerful and influential that people all over the world still find inspiration in his work today.

My favorite part about working at the Richmond Symphony is getting to do what I love every day for an organization that promotes community and betterment through music.

 

 

Kira Hiller
Senior Manager of Patron Services & Sales
804-788-4717 ext. 148 khiller (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

I am a sucker for movie soundtracks, my favorite being from Pride and Prejudice (2005), which also ties in nicely with my love of books!

My favorite aspect is chatting with our patrons, especially when I get to meet them in person.

  Casey Johnson
Advancement and Executive Assistant
804-788-471 ext. 102
cjohnson (@) richmondsymphony.com
 

 

Kathryn Pullam
Senior Manager of Institutional Giving
804-788-4717 ext. 114
kpullam (@) richmondsymphony.com

Holly Fleming
Special Events & Development Coordinator
804-788-4717 ext. 146
hfleming (@) richmondsymphony.com

My favorite classical artist would be George Frideric Handel, who got me through many long studying sessions in college. However, my first introduction to classical music, or what I called “pancake music” as a child, was listening to Pachelbel’s Canon with my family while they would make pancakes on Saturday, so that piece will always be special to me.

Music has the ability to both move and connect people, so I love having the opportunity to create events in which people celebrate music and support the Symphony’s programs.

 

 

Cheryl Yancey
Richmond Symphony Foundation
804-788-4717 ext. 115
cyancey (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

I have too many favorite classical works and artists to name just one in each category – my taste in music is very eclectic!”

“Regarding my favorite part of working at the Richmond Symphony? The music and the people – that says it all!

Education & Community Engagement

 

 

Aimee Halbruner
Director of Education & Community Engagement
804-788-4717 ext. 143
ahalbruner (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

I have so many favorites, but Rachmaninoff and Brahms always seem to find a top spot on my playlists. As does Prince. And I love any performance by Martha Argerich – but especially the middle movement of the Ravel piano concerto. Heaven. OK, I can’t name a favorite, obviously.

The best part of my job is working with the amazing musicians, teachers, conductors, staff and students in our programs.  Whether I’m at a performance in Carpenter, a rehearsal at MLK Middle, or a class at Summer Hill Preschool, I am always inspired and proud to be part of this great organization.

 

 

Jonathan Sanford
Education Coordinator
804-788-4717 ext. 145
jsanford (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

 

Logan Massey
Assistant Director of Education
804-788-4717 ext. 144
lmassey (@) richmondsymphony.com

 

Kristen Allegood
Community Partnerships Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 141
kallegood (@) richmondsymphony.com

  Daniel Myssyk
Youth Orchestra Program,
Conductor, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
  Sandy Goldie
Youth Orchestra Program,
Conductor, Youth Concert Orchestra
 

 

Christie-Jo Adams
Youth Orchestra Program, Conductor, Sinfonietta Strings

My favorite composer is Vivaldi.

I love that I have the opportunity to work with the best students in the region and to be a part of their early years in their musical career.

 

 

Christopher Moseley
Youth Orchestra Program, Conductor, Wind Ensemble

Wynton Marsalis.

The opportunity to work with the students and to see the reactions of the students, parents, and supporters after a wonderful performance.

 

 

 

Matthew Wilson
Youth Orchestra Program, Conductor, Assistant

 

 

Rebecca Jilcott
Youth Orchestra Program, Conductor, Camerata Strings

Debussy Monet Degas.

Working with students who really want to be better performers.

Richmond Symphony Chorus

 

 

Barbara Baker
Chorus Manager
804-788-4717 ext. 109
bbaker37 (@) verizon.net

 

Whatever piece we’re currently learning!

Getting to know the individuals who sing in the Chorus.  We have an interesting mix of people of all ages, from high school to mid-80s, and a variety of occupations, backgrounds and interests.

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020

  Miriam Fogel
Project Manager Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020
804-788-4717 ext. 123
mfogel (@) richmondsymphony.com

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s Violin Concerto are two pieces that never fail to give me goosebumps, but ask me in a couple of weeks, and I’m sure I’ll say something else.

Helping RSO host such a world-renowned competition like Menuhin, alongside a local and international team, is extremely exciting. As an added bonus, hearing the Richmond Symphony regularly and getting to know the incredibly talented musicians who make up this orchestra is an honor.

Ashley Davis
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020
804-788-4717 ext. 124
adavis (@) richmondsymphony.com