The Orchestra:

FIRST VIOLIN:  Deberah Hefferkamp, Hollis McCormick, (Co-concertmasters), Melissa Triplett, Don DuPerrett,  Tracy Stiehr, Mary Chickos.  Shelia Huffman, Debbie Meyer

SECOND VIOLIN:  Anna Allen (Principal), Frankie Appleby , Richard Pettitt,  Sue Williams, Rex Hale, Evan Billingsly

VIOLA: Tim Geiler (Principal), Hannah Kehe, Colyn Billingsly, Casey Jessman, Alyssa Przygoda

CELLO:   Devin Allen, Mark Thiel, Lyenn Billingsly, Chloe Mueller

BASS: Jim Herr (Principal), Jason Stack

FLUTE: Linda Anderson (Principal), Fausto Barrera, Rosemary Adams, Vernon von der Heydt

PICCOLO: Fausto Barrera

OBOE: David Beardsley (Principal), Peter Bukalski

ENGLISH HORN: David Beardsley

CLARINET: Jeff Kuenzel (Principal),

BASSOON: Bill Velders (Principal), Kevin Turner

HORN: Layne Van Brunt (Principal) Richard Sohn, Bethany Kehe (on leave),

TRUMPET: Jim Henderson & Eric Holtze (Co-Principals), Larry Gant,

TROMBONE:  Ray Taylor, James Lanning

TUBA: Ben Duane


KEYBOARD: Paul Higdon.

PERCUSSION/TYMPANI: Susan Allen-Warren (Principal),Leslie Testa, John Testa,  Adeyinka Adewale, Elaine Sweeny,


Members of the orchestra come from many walks of life.  The majority of our players are community adults with many professions including engineers, teachers, physicians, dentists, salesmen, etc. Many students, high school and college play with us.  When needed fine St. Louis professional musicians are contracted to fill key roles.

We are always looking for enthusiastic musicians to join us. If interested please contact our Music Director and Conductor: Ivy Allen by phone at 314 569-0371 or by e-mail

We have special need for low strings.

Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays 7-9:10 PM
North Hills United Methodist Church
10771 Trask Dr, St Louis, MO 63136. 



Ivy Allen has been the conductor of the Florissant Valley Symphony Orchestra since 1971.

He is a retired music educator from the Ferguson-Florissant School District. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Music degree from the St. Louis Institute of Music with a special emphasis on musicology. He is a performing cellist having studied with Vincent DeFrank, Marilyn Beabout and Ivan Lalev.  He has performed with the University City Symphony Orchestra and the the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis.

Mr. Allen was President and manager of the Gateway Festival Orchestra from 1993 to 2007 and is listed in the International Who's Who of Music and Musicians.

Mr. Allen was awarded the 2019 Owen Miller Award of the Musicians’ Association of St. Louis.