Virginia Symphony Orchestra Administration

Executive
Staff

Karen Philion

President and CEO
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Lofton Riser Barnes

Executive Assistant
757-213-1406

Orchestra
Activities

Christina Havens

Vice President of Orchestra Activities
(757) 213-1421

Carolyn Dunn-Buying

Education & Community Engagement Manager
757-213-1438

Rodney Martell

Artistic Administrator
(757) 572-3757

Eva Hagan

Operations Manager
(757) 641-5801

Adam Robles

Production/Stage Manager
757-729-2508

Jim Nesbit

Orchestra Personnel Manager
(757) 729-2251

Carl Wilder

Principal Librarian
(757) 213-1408

Paula Bonds

Assistant Librarian
(757) 213-1407

Development

Elizabeth Baroody

Vice President of Development
757-213-1419

Emily Barnhill

Senior Director of Development
757-213-1412

Lauren Pifer

Development Coordinator
757-213-1417

Finance

Teresa Kraus

Chief Financial Officer
(757) 213-1437

Cindy Oliver

Accountant
(757) 213-1409

Marketing and
Public Relations

Monica Meyer

Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations
(757) 213-1431

Derek Allen Page

Manager of Advertising, Public Relations, and Social Media
(757) 213-1420

Hannah Baumer

Manager of Marketing and Volunteer Resources
(757) 213-1411

Patron
Services

Robert Belford

Manager of Patron Services & Sales
(757) 213-1413

Beverly Kippenhan

Patron Services Coordinator
(757) 213-1414

Brooke Angelique Bates

Call Room Manager
(757) 213-1423

Joe Bernard

House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Artistic
Staff

JoAnn Falletta

Music Director

Gonzalo Farias

Assistant Conductor

Robert Shoup

Chorus Master and Staff Conductor

Whitney Reynolds

Interim Chorus Manager

Boléro • 10/19 – 10/21

Friday, October 19, 2018 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM Saturday, October 20, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM Sunday, October 21, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM JoAnn Falletta and the VSO...

Halloween Spooktacular • 10/27

Saturday, October 27 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 3PM Kids and grown-ups! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the VSO for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun! The Orchestra will perform some of the spookiest music ever...

COMIC-CONCERT • 10/27

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 7:30 PM BOOM! POW! CRASH! The VSO is back with an action-packed concert featuring pop culture’s favorite comic book heroes! The Virginia Symphony sets the stage for an...

The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel • 11/3

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM , conductor AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, vocals Theirs was the harmony of a generation. Popular conductor Michael Krajewski returns to...

Karen M. Philion

President & CEO

As the new President & CEO of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Karen Philion brings a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum of arts and cultural assignments to her new position. While Karen has significant experience in planning, fundraising, marketing and administrative work, she credits her management success to identifying resources and matching them to organizational needs.

While earning her graduate degree at the University of Mississippi, Karen joined the editing team of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, hailed by the Washington Post as an invaluable guide to southern life, culture & history. Contributing more than twenty entries, her work includes articles on subjects as diverse as the Tidewater coastal region, to musical legends Patsy Cline and Dizzie Gillespie. From Mississippi, Karen headed north where she managed the day-to-day operations of a 28-member station statewide public radio network—the Alaska Public Radio Network. Major highlights there included successful initiatives with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Karen joined the orchestra industry at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, where she planned and implemented all marketing and fundraising activities for this statewide touring orchestra in 26 communities. She also helped create a statewide network of regional boards, an important mechanism that supported and positioned that VSO as a popular and successful attraction for residents and thousands of tourists throughout the state.

As Director of Development for the Buffalo Philharmonic, Karen was recruited as part of a new senior management team to secure and rebuild the Orchestra’s fundraising efforts by growing support for expanded programming, world-class artists, and critical stabilization initiatives – including the appointment of the orchestra’s then new music director – JoAnn Falletta. During her tenure, BPO enjoyed three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising campaigns, which represented more than 60% of all income.  Karen was recruited to the Virginia Symphony as VP of Development in 2011, where her relationship building and collaborative style resulted in increased contributed income over three years by twenty percent.  Karen was asked to serve as interim President & CEO last September, and was appointed formally to the position by the VSO Board of Directors in January 2015.

Karen spends her spare time with her family: two daughters, Laura and Libby, and her husband Tom Philion, another arts management veteran.