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

Lauren Williams is a forward-thinking oboist, educator, and arts administrator in the Richmond, Virginia area.  From 2019 – 21, she was Acting 2nd Oboe/English Horn of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale School of Music. Upon graduation from Juilliard, she received the John Erskine Commencement Prize, which is presented to one undergraduate student for outstanding scholastic and artistic achievement. A multi-faceted professional, she recently served as the Interim Community Programs Manager of the New Jersey Symphony, and is Music Librarian of the Lake George Music Festival.

Lauren is of Armenian descent and has been featured in performances through the Armenian General Benevolent Union, mostly recently in São Paulo, Brazil. A dedicated teacher, she is also passionate about expanding the available repertoire for oboe, and frequently arranges music for oboists of all ages. A 2010 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she has spent summers at Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, and was Acting English Horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in 2019 and 2022.

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 2023-24, 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
Jeffrey Riehl
Ellen Sayles
Jen Tobin
James Wilson


President, Jennifer Cable
Vice President, Ellen Sayles
Secretary, Phyllis McCafferty
Treasurer, Jeffrey Riehl

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