Board of Directors
Elizabeth Brightbill, (Scholarship) award-winning flutist, lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia where she performs in the flute and cello duo Terra Voce (www.terravoce.com) and teaches at Longwood University, Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and in her home studio. Prior to her move to Virginia, she held the position of Principal Flute with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera orchestras. Performance highlights include appearances as soloist with the Tulsa Philharmonic and at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with Terra Voce. Elizabeth has been a prizewinner and finalist in several national and regional competitions and was awarded a fellowship to study at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she earned the Doctor of Music degree. In high school, she was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony, an experience that had a significant impact in shaping her path in life.
Jennifer Cui has been on the YOCVA board since 2014. Before that she was a parent volunteer, actively helping the organization since 2012 when her eldest daughter joined YOCVA. She now has two violinists in the organization, one in Youth Symphony and the other in the Evans Orchestra. She brings her management and coordination skills from her time as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. An active and committed volunteer, Jen has experience as a board member on several non-profit boards, and she is a certified liaison for AFS, an international exchange program. She believes in working smarter through technology and is responsible for creating the new YOCVA informational video to share information on our mission, goals, and challenges with donors, parents, and other interested community members.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick (President) has been on the YOCVA board since 2012, but her involvement with the organization goes back to 2009 when her daughter, Mary, joined the Flute Choir. After several years with the Flute Ensemble, Mary is currently principal flute in the Youth Symphony. In a previous life, Carolyn owned and operated two coffee stores in NOVA and served on the local school board. Carolyn is an educator and guide with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and is also the Parliamentarian with the Jack Jouett Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Volunteering in schools keeps Carolyn in touch with students of all ages. She understands how important an organization such as YOCVA can be in promoting academic achievement through the Fine Arts. She believes our students rise to the challenge and degree of excellence expected from the conductors, staff, and Board of YOCVA
Lotta Helleberg (Outreach & Design) has been involved with YOCVA since her youngest son joined the Rita M. Evans Orchestra in 2008. She was elected to the Board of YOCVA in August 2013, and is currently the Secretary, and also manages the graphic identity, publication, and web design for the organization. Lotta is working to increase YOCVA’s visibility and outreach in the community. She is also advocating that more young musicians audition for and join the orchestras. Her son is now an alumnus of YOCVA, and is currently playing the bassoon with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Lotta Helleberg was born in Sweden and graduated from University of Gothenburg in 1983 with a degree in journalism and graphic design. She is an artist specializing in fiber and book art.
Michelle Hilgart (Vice President) has been on the YOCVA board since 2014. Her involvement with YOCVA goes back to 2012, when her daughter, Eleanor, joined Junior Strings and now plays violin in the Evans Orchestra. With a master's degree in educational psychology, and a doctor of philosophy degree in education focused on instructional sciences and technology, both from the university of Virginia, Dr. Hilgart has provided educational and instructional design consultation on a wide range of learning and behavioral technology-focused projects for populations in health care, PK-12, higher education, museum, and out-of-school time settings. She places high value on, feels grateful for, and is inspired by the professional quality music education opportunities and experiences YOCVA provides our community.
Jeannie Inge has lived in Charlottesville since 1978 where she has worked in both the public and private sectors An active volunteer, she has held several board positions in a range of organizations including Operations Manager of the University's Combined Virginia Campaign and Board Member of FOCUS Women’s Resource Center. She is a Sorensen Institute alumni. Jeannie’s involvement with YOCVA began more than seven years ago when her son, who plays French Horn, joined the Evans Orchestra. He currently plays with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra at the University of Virginia and she credits YOCVA with his continued musical success.
David McCormick (Music Educator Liaison) violinist and Charlottesville native, earned degrees in music education and performance from Shenandoah University and Case Western Reserve University, including specialized training in chamber music and historical performance. David is co-founder of the local early music group Three Notch’d Road, (www.tnrbaroque.org) and has also performed with the Duke Vespers Ensemble, The Columbian Consort (GWU faculty baroque ensemble), and the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. David currently teaches violin and viola in Charlottesville and for the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra String School, where he also serves as ensemble conductor. David serves on the board of the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia, having served as its concertmaster and Concerto Competition winner as a high school student, and is Vice President/Program Chair of Charlottesville Music Teachers Association.
James Potter (Treasurer) is a Program Director for the University of Viginia. His talents as Treasurer keep us fundraising throughout the year. He helps the board stay committed to sustaining a vital, growing organization. As a past President of the Second Street Art Gallery and former Chair of Charlottesville's Sister Cities Committee, Potter brings professionalism, creativity and financial expertise to YOCVA. Potter came to us as a parent of a YOCVA member. His son Richard, started in the Evans Orchestra, held the principal horn chair in Youth Symphony, and now sits as a French horn player with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.