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.

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

VIOLA: Tim Geiler (Principal), Brenda Appleby, Hannah Kehe, Michaela Quinonas

CELLO:  Susan Allen-Warren (Principal),  Devin Allen, Mark Thiel

BASS: Jim Herr (Principal),

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), Maria Jeffery

BASSOON: Bill Velders (Principal), Kevin Turner

HORN: Richard Sohn, Bethany Kehe, Ben Blunt

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

TROMBONE:  Ray Taylor, James Lanning



KEYBOARD: Paul Higdon.

PERCUSSION/TYMPANI: Leslie Testa (Principal), John Testa , Adeyinka Adewale, Elaine Sweeny, Andre Maclin, William Repperger, Brian Scott