HAMPTON ROADS, VA [August 9, 2019] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra proudly announces the addition of violinists Jacqueline Kitzmiller, Hui Cao and Allison Kim, and percussionist Will McVay. The four will join the orchestra for the 2019-20 season which gets underway later this month.

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Jacqueline Kitzmiller began studying the violin at the age of four. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, and recently graduated from Indiana University with a Master of Music. She has studied with renowned pedagogues Gabriel Pegis, Paul Kantor, and Alexander Kerr. Jacqueline made her debut in 2011 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has continued to perform with orchestras around the world. She has participated in numerous local and international music festivals and has worked with such artists as Stefan Asbury, Lewis Kaplan, Sally Thomas, Eric Kim, Manabu Suzuki, and current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet. When she is not playing violin, she enjoys reading, swimming, and listening to podcasts.

Hui Cao started on the violin at the age of four under violinist Duoxin Xu in Shanghai, China. By nine years old, he was accepted into the middle school affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and began studying with violinists Binyou Zhou and Shisheng Zheng. When he graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory, he began performing with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Later, Cao relocated to Macau, China and joined the Macau Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to the states in 2017, Cao has studied with Lisa-Beth Lambert, who is a current member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Virginia, he lived in California with his wife and their adorable son, Felix. They are very excited for their new life in Virginia with the VSO!

Allison Kim began playing the violin after receiving a quarter size violin as a gift from her grandfather for her eighth birthday. She grew up in Asunción, Paraguay and Busan, South Korea before moving to Colorado where she began her formal training under the tutelage of Jesse Ceci, former concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Master of Music at Indiana University, and Advanced Music Studies certificate at Carnegie Mellon University. During the summers, she attended numerous festivals including Aspen Music Festival as an Orchestral String fellow, National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, Encore School for Strings, and Madeline Island Music Camp. During her free time Allison loves playing with dogs and cheering on Denver sports teams.

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Will McVay is a percussionist and educator. Will spent the last three years in Boston, MA, where he earned a Master of Music with Honors from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Boston Symphony Orchestra Section Percussionist, Will Hudgins. He also spent one year at Boston University under the guidance of the BSO Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis and BSO Percussionist Kyle Brightwell. Before Will received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, during which he studied with Los Angeles Philharmonic Section Percussionist, Jim Babor, and Principal Timpanist, Joe Pereira. An avid performer of new music, Will attended Tanglewood Music Center twice as a fellow where he premiered pieces for orchestras, including operas, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and mixed chamber ensembles.


As the region’s most celebrated musical, educational and entrepreneurial arts organization, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues to challenge expectations and push the boundaries of what an American orchestra can be – even as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020.

At the heart of the VSO’s narrative is innovation.  In 1991 the VSO made a very bold move in appointing the gifted young American conductor JoAnn Falletta as its music director. Since then, the orchestra has received national attention for its unique mission serving a home area of 1.7 million across the diverse communities of southeastern Virginia.  Through appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and commitment to adventurous programming, the VSO and its musicians have been highlighted in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and BBC Worldwide News.

As the largest arts performing organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors each year. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  As it approaches its Centennial year, the Orchestra and its legions of fans look forward with anticipation as the VSO conducts a worldwide search for its next music director.


July 31, 2019

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