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

DURING THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, Virginia’s Charlottesville High School Orchestra program has grown from eight members to 150 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, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach—and abroad in the Caribbean; London, England; Vienna, Austria; Florence, Italy; and Paris, France. We have performed by invitation at five VMEA conferences and at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Laura Mulligan Thomas and the CHSO String Ensemble at TEDx November, 2013

CHSO String Ensemble Chartres Cathedral Performance June 26, 2014

CHSO String Ensemble recording of Overture: Our Creed is Our Shield, March 9, 2015:


  • Congratulations! franceprospectus

    Both Concert Orchestra and String Ensemble earned a superior rating at District Concert Assessment on March 14!

    Tues, April 14, 7 p.m. Pre-Boston Parent Meeting (new CHSO travelers only)
    Mon, April 20, 7–9 p.m. CHSO Pre-trip Rehearsal, MLK PAC
    Thurs—Sun, April 23–26 CHSO Spring Trip to Boston
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