Staff & Board

About Our Artistic Director


A resident of both New York City and the Shenandoah Valley, cellist James Wilson has been a familiar face in the Richmond music scene since 1990. Mr. Wilson was artist-in-residence at the University of Richmond from 1990 to 2000 as a member of the Shanghai String Quartet. He also taught in the Music Department of Virginia Commonwealth University from 2001 to 2004. In the summer of 2004, Mr. Wilson relocated to New York City, where he maintains a busy schedule of performing and teaching. That same year, Mr. Wilson helped form the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia to promote the ongoing performance and love of classical chamber music. CMSCVA remains an important and creative part of Mr. Wilson’s life, and keeps him active in a city that remains dear to his heart.

About Our Administrative Coordinator

Elizabeth Kilpatrick is active as violin teacher, a freelancer in innovative approaches to the arts, and a violinist. She is on the faculty of the Greater Richmond School of Music, Musicbuk, and runs her own violin and piano studio. Elizabeth is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits of music with her students. She strongly believes in the importance of music and the arts in the lives of all people. In addition to her teaching positions, Elizabeth also serves as an auxiliary violinist for the Richmond Symphony and is a regular gig violinist in Richmond, VA. She also works with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia as their Administrative Coordinator. 

Elizabeth completed her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Arts Administration and Management at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin in 2020. She has also studied with the Suzuki Association of the Americas to receive training in the first three Suzuki method books. 

Elizabeth currently resides in Richmond, VA. In her spare time she loves trying new recipes, hiking, buying new plants, and spending time with her boyfriend Evan and her pup, Butter. To learn more about Elizabeth, visit her website.

About Our Artists

CMSCVA collaborates with artists from around the country and world, as well as ones that are based in the Richmond area, to bring our events to life. For a list of our Artistic Collaborators for 2020-21, please click here.

About Our Graphic Designer

Tamar Petersen is a graphic designer based in Richmond. Her background is in interior architecture, but she has cultivated her passion for graphic design through her freelance work and her role as an environmental graphic designer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Virginia, she is an alum of both Virginia Tech and The College of William and Mary. To see some of her work, visit her website.

Board of Directors

Mary Boodell
Jennifer Cable
Diana Damschroder
Peter Gilbert 
Robin Jones 
Phyllis McCafferty
Ellen Sayles
James Wilson


President, Jennifer Cable
Vice President, Mary Boodell
Secretary, Phyllis McCafferty
Treasurer, James Wilson

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