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VCU Health Orchestra members

VCU Health Orchestra

We are one of the few academic medical centers in the United States to have its own symphony orchestra. Created in 2017, the orchestra consists of health system team members including nurses, physicians, administrative staff, support staff, students, alumni and strategic community volunteers. The orchestra plays a mix of music, including orchestral, classical and pops intended to reach a broad audience.

Visit our Facebook page for concert information and videos

Our orchestra was recently featured on the Today Show with Willie Geist. We hope you enjoy our story.

View our Today Show story

Mission statement

To promote wellness and enhance relationships among team members, patients, families, visitors and the community, and to support fundraising for local health related charities.

Objectives

  • Foster collegiality and wellness among orchestra team members
  • Create new and enhanced relationships with the community
  • Support and perform at health system and community health-related charitable events
  • Mentor pre-health students
  • Mentor conducting students 

Rehearsals

The orchestra practices on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the VCU Health Parham Road Building from September through June.

Advisory Group

  • Theresa Erichsen RN, BSN, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC - Cofounder & Executive Director
  • Kara Dods MD/PhD student - Manager
  • Will Pattie, MM - Music Director
  • Paul Budinger, BA Music Education/Paramedic/Nursing Student - Assistant Conductor
  • Natalia O'Brien, MM - Concertmaster
  • George Harple, BA, Music Education - Artistic Director
  • Pablo Talamant, BA, Music Performance & Graduate studies - Creative Consultant
  • Jonathan Vachon, MD - Social Media
  • Mimi Peberdy, MD - Marketing
  • Joe Ornato, MD - Sound & Media
  • Steve Lazar, BA, Music Education/Medical Student - Personnel Manager
  • Anne Fleischmann, BA - Logistics