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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.

See videos of our latest performances

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.


  • 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


The orchestra practices on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the upstairs hall of the Main Hospital cafeteria from September through June. Practices are open to public observation.

Advisory Group

  • Dr Francesco Celi MD, MHSc Co-founder
  • Theresa Erichsen RN BSN FACCE LCCE IBCLC Co-founder
  • Kara Dods MD/PhD student
  • Will Pattie MM Conductor
  • Paul Budinger EMT Assistant Conductor
  • Natalia OBrien MM Concertmaster
  • George Harple BA
  • Dr Mimi Perberdy MD
  • Dr Joe Ornato MD
  • Susanna  Klein MM
  • Pablo Talamante BMus/Graduate Studies