Samantha Teter | Executive Director
423.267.8583 Extension 2104
Samantha Teter has 20 years of experience in arts and non-profit administration, marketing, public relations, and sales. She moved to the Chattanooga area in 2012 from Denver, where she was Director of Marketing and Sales for the Colorado Symphony. Prior to that, she was Director of Marketing and PR for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana. She came to the CSO in 2012 as Director of Marketing, and was promoted to Executive Director in March 2016.
She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, a member of Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, and in her spare time, enjoys singing and performing in theatrical and vocal productions. She is married with a daughter who attends Collegiate High at Chatt State, has two adult stepchildren, and a granddaughter.
Kayoko Dan | Music Director & Conductor
A versatile conductor, Kayoko Dan is active in the fields of orchestra, ballet, and opera. Ms. Dan began her tenure as the 8th Music Director of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in the 2011/12 season. Previously, she served as Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and Music Director of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. She has been awarded the Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, as well as the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute. Ms. Dan has participated in numerous workshops including the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, International Bartok Festival, Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali Conducting Workshop and National Conducting Institute.
Bob Bernhardt | Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor
Marking his 26th anniversary with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor, Bob Bernhardt, formerly served as Music Director and Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera for 19 seasons. He was the second Music Director in the combined company’s history, and is its first with the title Emeritus. Along with the extraordinary rejuvenation of our city, Bernhardt likewise led the CSO into its most exciting, hopeful and inviting period with his unique blend of dedication, commitment to excellence, and sense of humor. A lover of all genres of music, he is equally at home in symphonic, operatic, pops and educational performances.
Kathy Allison | Operations Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2113
Kathy joined the CSO in January 2009 as production coordinator. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the Hamilton County School system serving as the founding Dean of Fine Arts at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts. Ms. Allison has also worked as Wardrobe Mistress/Costume Coordinator for the CSO since 1977.
She holds a Master of Music in Music Education, as well as the Administration and Supervision Endorsement, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Allison is a former member of International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees-Local#140, Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Handbell Choir, City of Chattanooga Public Arts Committee, and Delta Omicron Music Sorority.
Eric Anderson | Personnel Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2105
In addition to playing the Principal Bassoon, Eric Anderson also serves as the CSO's Orchestra Personnel Manager.
Eric has been Principal Bassoonist of the CSO Orchestra and Bassoonist of the CSO Wind Quintet since 1996. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to playing Principal Bassoon with the CSO, he currently plays Third/Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony.
Rebekah B. Cheney | Development Director
423.267.8583 Extension 2103
Rebekah Cheney joined the CSO as Development & Special Events Manager in June 2018 and was promoted to Development Director in May 2019. She has worked in the philanthropic sector for over six years, spending time in both higher education development and philanthropic trust administration. She most recently served as the Principal Gifts Analyst at the Louisiana State University Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA. She started her career as a Philanthropic Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo in Winston-Salem, NC.
Rebekah holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelors degree in Trust & Wealth Management from Campbell University. In her spare time, she practices calligraphy and is learning how to play the banjo. She and her husband have two cats and enjoy attending all types of concerts and sporting events together.
Megan Chisom | Orchestra Librarian
423.267.8583 Extension 2108
In addition to performing as Principal Viola, Megan Chisom serves as the CSO’s music librarian.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Megan began studying the violin at the age of six in a public school Suzuki strings program. Since agreeing to “try on” the viola at the age of twelve, she has performed across the United States and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician. Megan has been a member of the CSO since 2013, and relocated to the area in 2015 when she accepted the librarian position. In addition to her work with the CSO, she serves on the faculty of Lee University as instructor of viola and chamber music. Megan is also a Suzuki-trained teacher, and maintains an active private studio where enjoys working with violin and viola students of all ages. Find out more about her at meganchisom.com.
Candice Ortenzo | Patron Services Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2106
Amy Morgan | Education & Community Engagement Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2100
Amy joins the CSO with over 15 years of experience in education, event management and volunteer coordination. An Atlanta native, she moved to Chattanooga in 2012 and holds a BBA in Hospitality Administration and an MS in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. She was a school librarian for both Shelby and Hamilton County schools and is an avid reader. Amy is an active volunteer herself, speaking on behalf of the Mary Ellen Locher Scholarship Foundation to high school students in the Chattanooga area. Although not currently a musician, she played cello for seven years during her youth and has a deep appreciation for classical music and the arts.
Kayla Sullivan | Marketing & Communications Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2114
Kayla joined the CSO as Marketing & Communications Manager in 2019. She is a University of Georgia graduate with a background in nonprofit marketing and video production, and she has previously worked with organizations such as Blood Assurance and the Walker County Chamber of Commerce. A Chattanooga area native, she is passionate about staying active in the community. She currently serves as a City Park Steward for the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers with Southern Lit Alliance.
Sarah Harr | Executive Assistant
423.267.8583 Extension 2110
Sarah C. Harr, a native of Memphis, TN, completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance with Dr. John David Peterson at the University of Memphis in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Valparaiso University and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Emory University. Sarah has taught undergraduate and graduate-level Music Theory and Ear Training at the University of Memphis, Queens College in Charlotte, NC, and Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN. She holds the Fellow Certification from the American Guild of Organists, is the past Dean of the Chattanooga AGO chapter, and the AGO Southeast Regional Councilor for Education and Certification. She joined the CSO in 2018 as the Assistant to the Executive Director and Bookkeeper. She is also the organist at First Christian Church in downtown Chattanooga and the K-8 Music Teacher at Belvoir Christian Academy. Sarah’s husband, James, is the Director of Choral and Handbell Activities at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, and they have a son, Oliver, who is seven years old.
Cathy Dreger | Development Assistant
423.267.8583 Extension 4001
Cathy graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, with a B.A. in Art History. Her work experience includes a variety of colleges and universities, in development and other areas. She and her husband are pleased to return to Chattanooga after a 12-year absence.
Mary Lynn Wilson | Chorus Administrator
A native of Chattanooga, Mary Lynn attended City High School, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.A., English and History), and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (M.S., Library Science). She retired in 2010 after a 31-year career with the United States Bankruptcy Court. In addition to her box office duties, Mary Lynn sings in the CSO Chorus, and serves as the Chorus Administrator. The 2019-2020 season will be her 32 nd season with the Chorus. She also sings with The Roueche Chorale, and is a member of the choir at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. She is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House and the National Park Partners.
Stephanie Pearson | CSOYO Manager and Chamber Ensemble Coordinator
Stephanie joined the CSO as Youth Orchestras Manager in January of 2018. Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at the University of Georgia, where she also studied oboe with Dr. John Corina and marched in the Redcoat Band. Since moving with her family from Atlanta to Chattanooga in 2000, she has worked as a school library assistant in an elementary school, led a Girl Scout troop for 7 years, and directed a youth drama team for 15 years. In 2013 she graduated from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute and also founded the East Brainerd Community Theater, where she directs and produces full-length plays and musicals. Stephanie loves working with young people and is excited to help provide student musicians with a wonderful orchestral experience in the CSOYO.
Ismael Sandoval | CSO Assistant Conductor and CSOYO Symphony Conductor
Ismael Sandoval joined the CSO in 2020 as CSO Assistant Conductor and CSOYO Symphony Conductor. He most recently served as Assistant/Cover Conductor for the Boston Philharmonic & Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Music Director for the Promenade Opera Project, Assistant/Cover Conductor for The Eureka Ensemble, and Artistic Director and Conductor of The Women’s Chorus. Sandoval graduated with Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from the University of Florida, and holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory.
Sandy Morris | Philharmonic Conductor
Sandy Morris is looking forward to working with talented musicians in her twenty-first season as Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. In her career as a musician/ music educator in Chattanooga, she has conducted orchestras, bands, and choirs. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Sandy has done graduate work in conducting and string pedagogy at the University of Iowa, Orchestral Institute of America, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and she has attended workshops sponsored by the League of American Orchestras, Conductors’ Guild, and the Waterville Valley (NH) Music Center. Her conducting teachers have included Dr. Steven Bird, Dr. William Larue Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Dr. Marvin Rabin.
Amy Shannon | Prelude & Etude Conductor
Amy Shannon is a CSOYO alumnus and is thrilled to serve as Interim Conductor of the Prelude and Etude Orchestras.
She is a native Chattanoogan and holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has over 20 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, mentor, and performer. Since 1997 she has been teaching private cello lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced students throughout the Southeast. She started ten new elementary string programs in the Orlando, Florida area. While teaching in Florida, she was awarded the Music Demonstration School Award by FMEA,became a mentor to first year teachers, and was in charge of designing orchestra programs for the entire county. After moving back to Chattanooga she began string programs at Nolan and Thrasher elementary schools and began teaching orchestra at Signal Mountain Middle High School. Her orchestra performed at many community functions, venues, and performed at the state capitol. During this time, she was master teacher of the String Project at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a member of ETSBOA and TMEA.