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VCU Health Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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We are one of the few academic medical centers in the United States to have its own symphony orchestra and wind ensemble. The orchestra was created in 2017 and the wind ensemble began in 2023. Both the orchestra and wind ensemble consist of health system team members including nurses, physicians, administrative staff, support staff, students, alumni and strategic community volunteers. The orchestra and wind ensemble plays a mix of music, including orchestral, classical and pops intended to reach a broad audience.

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Our orchestra was featured on the Today Show with Willie Geist in 2021. We hope you enjoy our story.

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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.


  • 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 


The orchestra and wind ensemble practice 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
  • Brian Coffill, DMA - Conductor of Wind Ensemble
  • Paul Budinger, BA Music Education/Paramedic/Nursing Student - Assistant Conductor
  • Natalia O'Brien, MM - Concertmaster
  • George Harple, BA, Music Education - Artistic Director
  • Pablo Talamante, BA, Music Performance & Graduate studies - Creative Consultant
  • Mimi Peberdy, MD - Marketing
  • Joe Ornato, MD - Sound
  • Steve Lazar, BA, Music Education/Medical Student - Personnel Manager
  • Anne Fleischmann - Williams, BA - Logistics
  • John Ditto MD - Member at Large