HAMPTON ROADS, VA. [March 3, 2021] – Today the VSO announced a new staffing structure designed to strengthen the organization’s response to the evolving needs of a 21st century symphony orchestra. The marketing and fundraising teams will have a collaborative focus on meeting the highest customer experience standards in the VSO’s 100-year history. Rooted in the VSO’s mission and vision for community service, and driven by data, the VSO enters its second century as an industry leader implementing best practices for building long-term relationships with audiences, donors, and artists. 

“We will continue to base day-to-day decisions on even more sophisticated collection and analysis of data, but data doesn’t do; people do,” said Karen M. Philion, President and CEO, in making this announcement. “I am grateful to work alongside one of the most talented and dedicated teams the VSO has ever assembled.” 

Monica K. Meyer has been named to the new position of Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, in which she will oversee both contributed and earned revenue in support of the VSO’s annual pre-pandemic operating budget of $6.5 million. Monica came to the VSO in 2014 as Director of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations, after a successful seven-year career at the Pittsburgh Symphony in increasingly responsible positions. 

Kristen Bennington, who has been with the organization since 2019 in a variety of marketing roles, has been named Director of Marketing and Communications. Kristen has a master’s degree in Piano Accompanying from Temple University and is currently working toward an MBA with a marketing concentration from Wilmington University. 

Lauren DiPeppe will be the VSO’s new Director of Development. Prior to joining the VSO, Lauren served as the Assistant Director of Giving at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her previous experience also includes positions at the United Way of South Hampton Roads and CHKD. Lauren will oversee the day-to-day operations of the development department including all major gifts, grants, and special campaigns. 

Linda Dyer, who has held various development roles at the VSO and at several other arts, education and human service non-profits in Hampton Roads, has been named Manager of Institutional Relations, and will be responsible for foundation and government grants and relationships on behalf of the organization.

To round out the new team structure, two positions are currently being advertised:  Annual Fund Manager and Database Manager.  Job descriptions and application information are available at

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2021
Contact: Kristen Bennington,
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 757.213.1411

Twitter: @VASymphony

VSO Guest Artist: Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has extended his interpretive voice to a broad spectrum of repertoire as both a soloist and recitalist. He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, he performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.

‍Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Schubertiade, Spoleto, Brevard, Grand Teton, Chautauqua and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights.”

Mr. von Oeyen has recorded for Warner Classics since 2017. His albums under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin and a disc including Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, have been met with critical acclaim. Mr. von Oeyen has also recorded award-winning recital albums of Liszt, Debussy, and Stravinsky under the Delos label.

Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Léni Fé Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.