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:


  • Earn money for our Nashville trip! franceprospectus

    CHSO members can earn funds for our Nashville trip by:
    • Selling seats or concessions at UVa Football Games
    • Playing quartet gigs
    • Washing cars
    • Ushering at C’ville Chamber Music Concerts
    • Selling poinsettias
    • Selling Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert tickets

    We have many volunteer opportunities underway in September.  Please sign up if you can ...