Exec Elections

Congratulations to these newly-elected exec members!

  • Ben Barton for President

  • Connor Amelung for Vice President

  • Emily Anderson for Performance Director

  • Maddy Ross for Performance Director

  • Kay Schlachter for Treasurer

  • Hannah Yee for Social Chair

  • Ally Price for Fundraising Chair

Thank you to everyone who ran and to everyone who voted!

 

President/Vice President Candidates

Ben Barton (President) & Connor Amelung (Vice President)

My name is Ben Barton and I’m a third year studying Physics and Computer Science. I’ve played viola in CSO since my first semester and have gotten to watch and be a part of CSO’s transformation into the incredible organization it is today. I’ve been fortunate to be a viola section leader, a Performance Director, and the current Vice President for CSO. As a PD and the VP I’ve gotten to help guide and push CSO through the formation of the Philharmonic and Chamber ensembles, the growth of the the CSO community into a vibrant social atmosphere, and the solidification of logistics to make things run smoothly behind the scenes. As President, I want to continue to work toward making being in CSO as incredible and rewarding of an experience for every member as it has been for me.

Hey all! My name is Connor Amelung and I hope to be able to serve you all as VP during the 2019-2020 school year. I'm a second year BME who has been playing bass with CSO since I arrived here in Charlottesville. As a part of CSO, I have been able to hold the position of bass (and sometimes cello) section leader, be the first Chamber Director and help establish Chamber, and work alongside M.E. to do all sorts of fun activities as a Social Chair. My time here at CSO has been incredibly rewarding as time and time again I've seen all of our hard work go in to playing amazing performances, enjoy communal activities, and make lifelong friends. As Vice President, I'd hope to continue the astounding forward momentum we have as an organization and continue bringing you all more opportunities to perform and socialize.

Our Platform

CSO can continue to grow and offer more musical opportunities for its members through additional performances around grounds and the community and through an expanding chamber program. We’ve loved getting to know many of you at CSO social events! We want to work towards seeing more than just the few dozen regulars at events and toward strengthening our ever-growing community. We strongly believe that CSO is a welcoming environment for whatever people are looking for from a music organization, and we hope to continue to provide people with musical home within our wonderful music family. We also work toward expanding our presence on grounds and the local community so that everyone knows the CSO name to allow us to provide you all with more opportunities to play and enjoy this organization.

Performance Director Candidates

Emily Anderson

My name is Emily Anderson, and I am a second year violinist studying Archaeology and Linguistics. Many people may know me as one of the two the current standing Performance Directors. Ever since joining CSO at the start of my first year, which really feels like forever ago now, I am happy to say that I feel that I have found a home here. As such, I have taken up several leadership positions which I believe qualify me well to continue on this position, including serving as the Violin I Section Leader in my first year and - of course - holding the Performance Directorship later on. I have learned how to navigate mazes of digital documents, carry instruments my height or taller down stairs, keep a strict schedule that runs alongside other branches of the Executive Board, and maintain communications, which are integral to the success of a concert season. Since I recognize that no administration is truly perfect, I feel that I have the special opportunity to refine Performance operations, based on a strengthened relationship between the Performance administration and the orchestra. I particularly believe that reaching out for public opinions with a familiar name can help with recurring dilemmas involving voting season and seizing outside opportunities to shape our public name.

Brendan Grubb

My name is Brendan Grubb, and I am currently a first-year, meaning I would be a second-year during the 2019-2020 school year. I am currently the trumpet section leader in the CSO, and this experience has given me a taste of what the Performance Team does and the significance they have in the CSO experience. I believe the most important part of any musical ensemble is the music. The repertoire that an ensemble is asked to play defines the experience of any ensemble, and I believe that working closely with the conductors and the section leaders can allow me to bring the greatest possible experience to everyone in the CSO. If elected, I promise to work tirelessly to make everyone's wishes for the CSO's performance become a reality.

Alex Kellum

Hi CSO! My name is Alex Kellum, I am a first year who is currently undecided on my major and I play the violin. You may recognize me from the unnecessarily long hair or the memes in the group chat. I am very excited to run for the position of performance director for next year. CSO has been an incredible experience after only one semester, and I am looking forward to seeing it grow. As we are a growing organization, I want to use my position of performance director to build our reputation on grounds, and look for even more opportunities to perform. I want to work closely with conductors and sections leaders to ensure that our performances go smoothly, and listen to everyone's ideas for how we can improve our performances. One thing I want to focus on is finding a good balance between professionalism and fun in our concerts (Think pirate hat James but better), as I believe that making our performances fun and accessible is the key to getting our name out there. Of course, I also want to run the repertoire selection in a fair and balanced manner, create a schedule that works for everyone, and expand our chamber groups (kazoo choir?). Thank you so much for considering me for your next performance director!

Margaret Knox

I’m Margaret Knox, I play violin and am looking at possibly a statistics major or applying to comm school. I think my fairly expansive knowledge of orchestra and string repertoire in addition to my experience as a musician will allow me to fulfill this position well. I hope to gain experience working with the conductors and learn more about the expansive task of running on orchestra.

Ally Price

Hey guys! My name is Ally Price and I'm a second year saxophone player. I am a double major in Chemistry and Psychology, with a potential minor in Biology as well (gotta love the pre-med life). I think I would be a good Performance Director because I am a strong leader who is very organized and passionate about music. Through this position, I could use my love for fun repertoire and working with others to help CSO put on the best concerts yet! I also think I would be a good Treasurer because I am good with numbers and love organizing and keeping track of things. Also, my friends tell me I'm cheap, so I won't waste our money, but I'm also always willing to splurge on essentials (and snacks lol), so I maintain a good balance. I would love to join CSO exec to help maintain this great organization, so thanks for taking the time to read this and consider me! Good times, go Hoos :)

Maddy Ross

CSO is keeping me sane during my first crazy semester. I was worried about finding a relaxing way to continue playing music in college without taking a class, but CSO is perfect. It’s something that I’m going to do every semester that I’m here. I want to devote a lot of time and effort to this organization and help structure it so the other members of the orchestra (and future members) can enjoy it as well. I believe I can accomplish this as one of your PD’s. As a previous drum major, I’ve done auditions and placed people in bands and leaderships positions before. I had to lead officer meetings each week, and an important part of my job was to schedule practices as well. On that note, I want to schedule more sectionals for Main, because we accomplish a lot during those that we can’t address in full rehearsal. [Maddy is a 1st year flutist who intends to major in Biology (BS)].

Treasurer Candidates

Ally Price

Hey guys! My name is Ally Price and I'm a second year saxophone player. I am a double major in Chemistry and Psychology, with a potential minor in Biology as well (gotta love the pre-med life). I think I would be a good Performance Director because I am a strong leader who is very organized and passionate about music. Through this position, I could use my love for fun repertoire and working with others to help CSO put on the best concerts yet! I also think I would be a good Treasurer because I am good with numbers and love organizing and keeping track of things. Also, my friends tell me I'm cheap, so I won't waste our money, but I'm also always willing to splurge on essentials (and snacks lol), so I maintain a good balance. I would love to join CSO exec to help maintain this great organization, so thanks for taking the time to read this and consider me! Good times, go Hoos :)

Kay Schlachter

My name is Kay Schlachter and I am a first year. I play the cello and I am an environmental science major. I have loved being in CSO, even though it’s only been a semester, and would like to be treasurer to help the symphony run smoothly and keep the magic going. I am very organized (it’s a little scary), love numbers, get everything done about a week before I need to, and I take jobs that I have been given very seriously. I have also had some experience managing budgets in various economics classes. I hope you'll consider voting for me for treasurer!

Social Chair Candidates (special election for Spring 2019)

Alex Kellum

Greetings CSO! My name is Alex Kellum, I am a first year of undecided major and I play the violin. I am very excited to also be considered as one of your social chairs for next semester. One of the things that made me want to join CSO in the first place were the social activities it offered. As I have been to many of them, I have learned that CSO is an incredibly fun and welcoming environment to anyone that takes advantage of its social events. That's why, as your social chair, I will work to try to get as many people as I can to come to social events. Things like concerts, parties, escape rooms, hikes, movie nights, barbecues and more! I want to make CSO feel as welcoming and inclusive as possible, and I will be welcome to hearing any suggestions for social events that people think will be fun. In my mind, CSO is much more than an orchestra, it is a group of friends that I want every member to experience. Thank you for considering me as your 2nd semester social chair.

Ian Rector

My name is Ian Rector. I am a third year Bassoon player. I think I could bring some new fresh ideas for social activities at CSO. I think the activities we have are great, but I think more people should be encouraged to go because the events can be a ton of fun and help you get to know more members of CSO that you would not normally hang out with. If you know me you know that I'm a fun guy, and if you don't hopefully you'll trust me. I've been to a bunch of the CSO activities, so I know the CSO social scene. Vote for me if you love fun, and I guess vote for someone else if you don't...

Maddy Ross

I’ve been participating in most of CSO’s social events and absolutely loving it. I want to be a part of planning these activities for the orchestra. Coming to rehearsal and playing music is only part of what CSO is, we’re also a social club. I’m pretty outgoing too so planning social events is right up my alley :) [Maddy is a 1st year flutist who intends to major in Biology (BS)].

Hannah Yee

I'm Hannah Yee, a first year, cellist, and technically undeclared, but I want to be a bio and music major. I want to be social chair because I want to get more people involved with CSO, and I don't mean more people in the orchestra, more people interacting with each other outside of rehearsal. I want to help to do more social events, get more people involved. It's like the same 30 people show up to the events, and some of them it's because it's where they live. So perhaps we would explore different places and times to have events (make it more available/desirable for more people to show up). It would also be fun to bring back the pre-rehearsal lunch. I've also been to almost all of the social events, and I would love to plan more in the future. I've coordinated events before in high school, like a laser tag/sleepover for my marching band's end of the season party. I'm basically always free if anybody would want to talk about an event they would like to see, not just exec board or social committee people, so hmu

<3 Hannah

Fundraising Chair Candidates (special election for Spring 2019)

Maddy Ross

I want to work with marketing to help more people learn about CSO. We could host a fundraising event for the orchestra where main or a chamber group plays during an activity (like bingo or dinner or trivia) and charge a small fee to get in. That would raise awareness of CSO and help us make bank. [Maddy is a 1st year flutist who intends to major in Biology (BS)].