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

Violin 2 Angele Lawless * The Anne Game Chair Angela Baddock Evelyn Champion Beth Collier Amber Dobbs Amanda Esposito Curtis Gardner Chuck Gunsaullus Susie Hines Ryan Lavender Lucas Scalamogna Liz Smith Jill Stokes Jeff Valerioti Rachel Vigil

Viola 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

Cello David Lloyd * Megan Deason Joseph Grunkemeyer Wesley Holmes John Howell L. Heston McCranie Nirav Patel Stephanie Peterson Dorian Silva Dwayne Wasson

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


Harp Julie Koenig *

Flute/Piccolo Jeanne Carere * Frankie Cavanah Dana Meyer

Oboe Alexandra Shatalova Prior*^ The Christopher Clark Chair Karen Milchus

Clarinet Justin Stanley * Shaquille Southwell

Bass Clarinet Daniel Barker

Bassoon Debby Grove * Dan Worley

Contrabassoon John Grove

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

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

Trombone Eric Alexander * Jen Mitchell Bruce Mangan

Tuba Don Strand

Timpani John Lawless *

Percussion Jeff Kershner The Randall F. Romig Chair Greg Roman

* = Section Principal


The award-winning Timothy Verville’s performances are hailed by reviewers as “a dazzling musical experience.” His enriching programs, spirit of collaborative creation, and promotion of the arts has produced enrichment and genuine impact in communities. These innovative and engaging approaches in the concert hall position him as a uniquely multifaceted and multitalented conductor in the modern orchestral world.

In Japan, Timothy’s performances at the Kyushu International Festival received widespread musical praise and standing ovations. This includes appearances with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Hita Civic Orchestra, the Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. This season he will also make his conducting debut in Russia. U.S. guest conducting appearances have included the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestral and theatre organizations across the country.

Timothy Verville is the Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Beginning his tenure in 2016, he has energized audiences while increasing and diversifying concert offerings.

His strong focus on audience engagement and outreach is recognized throughout the community and in the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony magazine. His creative and collaborative programing has expanded the organization’s performance footprint and served to build bridges into underrepresented populations.

Notably, the 2018 Georgia premiere of William Grant-Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree… combined the performing forces of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the Morehouse College Glee Club, Spelman College Glee Club, Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble.The performances were praised as a unifying moment in the arts and stand as an example of the power of music to coalesce communities.

Other performance partnerships and collaborations have included the Georgia Conservancy, Acworth Cultural Arts Center, Booth Western Art Museum, Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, The Lyric Theater, and the Young Artist Competition at Kennesaw State University.

In addition to conducting classics, pops, and special performances, he has also designed the Georgia Symphony’s Sensory Friendly concerts which have been supported by National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2008, Timothy began a relationship with the Boston Chamber Orchestra that would encompass over a decade of music making. Initially serving as Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor, he continues an ongoing association with the ensemble. Timothy recorded music by Vaughan Williams for the orchestra’s 2013 international CD release.

In Phoenix, he served from 2010-2015 as the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Arizona Pro Arte. His presentations of unique and anticipated collaborative events resulted in exponential audience growth and sold out performances.

During this time, the orchestra grew to include a regular masterworks season, a summer orchestral series, educational performances, a chamber music program, a dance ensemble, and establish a composer in residence. He instituted an annual “Call for Scores” competition that at its height received over 920 applicants from forty countries.

Previously he has served as Music Director and Conductor of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra, Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, and as Conductor of the Pollard Theatre.

With an interest in a wide range of repertoire, Timothy commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premiere compositions which have encompassed operatic, chamber, and symphonic music. He has counseled young and 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, Timothy was mentored by esteemed conductors James DePreist, Stephen Lord, Bruce Hangen, Timothy Russell, and additionally in masterclasses with David Effron, Markand Thakar, and Neil Varon.

At the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival, Timothy was selected as an orchestral assistant while studying with Michael Jinbo. He earned degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, and the Boston Conservatory.

Timothy resides in Georgia with his wife and two children.

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