The Charlottesville High School Orchestra poses on stage for a group portrait

SINCE 1982, Virginia’s Charlottesville High School Orchestra program has grown from eight members to one of the largest in the commonwealth, and has earned a national reputation for excellence. Consisting of String Ensemble and Concert Orchestra, we have garnered top prizes in music festivals in the United States—from New York to Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Williamsburg, Nashville, Orlando, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach—and abroad in the Caribbean; London, England; Vienna, Austria; Florence, Italy; Paris, France, and Dublin, Ireland. We have performed by invitation at five VMEA conferences and at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.


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Four students wearing masks pose for the camera holding their instruments in front of a Jeffersonian style building


CHSO String Ensemble performs in LA!

CHSO String Ensemble Performance in LA Wednesday, June 15, 2022 • Zipper Hall at the Colburn School • Los Angeles, California • Click here to view

CHSO Dominates 2022 Williamsburg Heritage Festival We won all the things! For a complete list of awards, photos, and links to our performances, click here.

Five students hug each other while posing for a portrait after their performance

CHSO Video Wins 3 Gold Medal Advocacy Awards
Students from the Metro Nashville Public Schools perform Bebe and Cece Winans’ We Need Another One (Right Now) with the CHS Orchestra and Choir.

Many students relax and converse in the classroom while wearing CHSO t-shirts
Ten students in formalwear pose with their instruments in the halls of a school


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Charlottesville HS Orchestra
Attn: Laura Mulligan Thomas, Director
1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Many individual students appear in separate panels of a teleconference video call while playing their instruments together remotely