Our Mission

To provide high-quality musical experiences to a broad spectrum of the Austin community and surrounding areas.

The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) is a non-profit civic organization that has been around since 1977. The ACO is devoted to bringing high quality music to the community and providing a musical outlet for professional and non-professional musicians alike. The ACO performs six to eight concerts each season, all of which offer programming to suit a wide variety of musical tastes, from traditional classics to pops and most everything in between. Presented at assorted convenient locations in the Austin area, the relaxed atmosphere and affordable cost have proven appealing to this community.



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Director

Lois Ferrari

Lois Ferrari is Professor of Music at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and has been a member of the faculty since 1993. Maestra Ferrari also serves as host and clinician for the bi-annual SU Conductors’ Institute in instrumental conducting. As ACO Music Director, Dr. Ferrari was awarded 2nd place in 2016 and 2012 for the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting, Maestra Ferrari received a full doctoral fellowship and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble. Originally a Long Islander, Dr. Ferrari now resides in Georgetown with her husband, Dr. Paul Gaffney, and their two cats, Buddha and Gandhi.


Assistant Conductor

W.P. Sterneman III

Gus Sterneman is now in his 3rd year as Assistant Conductor with the ACO. He holds a Master’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis with a double major in Instrumental Conducting and Music History and a Doctorate in Opera Conducting from Arizona State University, where his dissertation focused on Benjamin Britten as a conductor and musical interpretation. A former member of the ACO, performing on horn from 2002-2007, he also has a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from Southwestern University. Gus spends his days with his wife Mary teaching their two children the finer points of musical theatre.


Strings

Violin I

Carolyn Richards-Chacon | Concertmaster
Clint Plumlee | Assistant
Kelly Abplanalp
Bob Brockett
Marisol Cardenas
Raymundo Garcia
HaNul Jun
Sherri Marcus
Lynn Petro
Dawn Smith
Julienne Smith
Philip Smith
Sol Swords

Violin II

Dario Landazuri | Principal
Kyle Bryson | Assistant
Joey Balistreri
Colin Bryson
Deborah Byers
Ferris Duhon
Dianne Eichenseer
Andrew Goolsbee
Carrie Houston
Evan Nave
Ellen Williams


Viola

Eugene Gott | Principal
Geoff Carlisle | Assistant
Julie Anderson
Shelly Bowers
David Kaplan
Mark Leger
Art Monzingo
Brett Osburn
Charles Stolze
Amanda Tofflemire
Dulce Villarreal
Ronda von Sehrwald
Paul Zagieboylo

Cello

Jarrod Tuikka | Principal
Tani Barr | Assistant
Ben Bachmeier
Sarah Crawford
Judy DeWitt
Linda Epps
Sandy Hayes
Madeline Horrell
Scott McKenzie
Graham Miller
Cecile Morgan
Caleb Sebolt
Isabel Tweraser
Tabitha Vanderstoep
Katrina Villarreal
John Whitney


Double Bass

James Sproat | Principal
Kathy Petheram | Assistant
Brendan Koeppen
Gia Rocco Gallela
Sofia Villarreal

Harp

Lisa Lamb | Principal




Woodwinds

Flute

Sharon Davis | Principal
Mattie Kotsur
Marcia Gillespie-Norder (Piccolo)

Oboe

Madeline Warner | Principal
Trish Olives (English Horn)
Margie Yankeelov


Clarinet

Kathleen Bohn | Principal
Laura Gorman
Caleb Martin

Bassoon

Amy Crandell | Principal
Aurel Garza-Tucker (Contra)
Melissa Vauk




Brass

French Horn

Christine Simpson | Principal
Ben Carroll
Kathy Nolen
Toni Powell
Denise Stiglich

Trumpet

Jose Yznaga | Principal
Sarah Brown
Joshua Hannan
Randy Howard
Kole Pantuso


Trombone

Ruben Ramirez | Acting Principal
Jesse Nolen
Robert Tung (Bass)

Tuba

Mike Lynch | Principal




Percussion and Piano

Percussion

Tim Shuster | Principal
Don Thompson
Alex Wilhelm

Piano

Claudia Lucena | Principal


Timpani

Alan Smith | Principal



Board
and
Staff

The Austin Civic Orchestra performs and operates under the leadership of the Board of Directors, Officers of the Board, and Orchestra Staff.

Board of Directors

The function of the Board of Directors is to oversee budget management, publicity, venue selection, and fund-raising. The following is a list of the ACO board.

Carolyn Richards-Chacon
President
Amy Crandell
Vice President & Past President
Aurel Garza-Tucker
Secretary & Social Co-Director
Melissa Vauk
Treasurer & Social Co-Director
Keith Manlove
Technology Director
Trish Olives
Creative Director
Madeline Warner
Marketing Director
Adam Drake
 
Mike Lynch
 
Clint Plumlee
 
Amanda Tofflemire
 

Orchestra Staff

The following key staff members bring high-quality classical music to the stage.

Lois Ferrari
Music Director
Pam Cosel
Operations Director
W.P. Sterneman III
Assistant Conductor & Equipment Manager
Kim Berger
Business & PR Manager
Jason Mendiola
Development Coordinator
Jose Yznaga
Librarian