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.
CONDUCTOR AND MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ivy Allen
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: Hollis McCormick, & Deberah Hefferkamp (Co-concertmasters), Melissa Triplett, Don DuPerrett, Tracy Stiehr, Mary Chickos. Shelia Huffman, Hannah Kehe, Debbie Meyer
SECOND VIOLIN: Anna Allen (Principal), Frankie Appleby , Richard Pettitt, Sue Williams
VIOLA: Tim Geiler (Principal), Brenda Appleby
CELLO: Susan Allen-Warren (Principal), Mark Thiel, Devin Allen
BASS: Jim Herr (Principal),
FLUTE: Linda Anderson (Principal), Fausto Barrera, Rosemary Adams, Vernon Van 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, Ben Blunt
TRUMPET: Jim Henderson & Eric Holtze (Co-Principals), Larry Gant
TROMBONE: Mauriel Clay (Principal), Victor Reef, Ray Taylor,
KEYBOARD: Paul Higdon.
PERCUSSION/TYMPANI: Leslie Testa (Principal), John Testa , Adeyinka Adewale, Elaine Sweeny