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.

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

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Charlottesville High School Orchestra Spring Concert poster including instruments against a blue background and the date Wednesday May 19 7 PM Thomas Theodose Football Stadium at CHS, Raindate May 21. Free Admission Tickets Required.

CHS Orchestra Spring Concert
Charlottesville High School Orchestra Spring Concert took place on May 19th at 7PM. Brava, CHSO! View the Concert Video on our Facebook Page.

A violin painted with an Appalachian mountain scene against a black background.

Painted Violins 2020 Fundraiser
Thank you to all who helped support the Charlottesville High School Orchestra by bidding on one of these beautiful violins.

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


 Please send your tax-deductible contributions to:

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