The Albemarle Ensemble has been in residence at the University of Virginia since 1987. A wind quintet, the group has performed throughout the Eastern United States, including at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble received a Virginia Arts Grant for educational programs and several other grants for recording and touring projects. The five members of the ensemble serve as Principals of The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia as well as Faculty Lecturers at the University.
Flute: Kelly Sulick
Oboe: Aaron Hill
Clarinet: Shawn Earle
Horn: Katy Ambrose
Bassoon: Elizabeth Roberts
Kelly Sulick, Lecturer of Flute
Aaron Hill, Lecturer of Oboe
Aaron serves on the music faculty at the University of Virginia, plays principal oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony and Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, as well as English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hill holds Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Hill played principal oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as principal oboe with the Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Richmond Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Mr. Hill was awarded the Grand Prize in the Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Competition and the Leche Trust Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. He travels around North America as an active recitalist and masterclass clinician, and has been a featured speaker at the TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival conferences. His oboe teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, Nancy Ambrose King, and David Weiss. More info.
Shawn Earle, Lecturer of Clarinet and Principal Clarinet of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Canadian clarinetist Shawn Earle is Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of Virginia and is principal clarinetist of the Charlottesville Symphony. He performs regularly as a soloist and has been a chamber musician with the Cascadia Reed Quintet, Vancouver Clarinet Trio, Trio Dolce, and guest artist with the Novo Ensemble. He also has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony. In December 2015, Dr. Earle completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia examining contemporary Canadian clarinet music. Dr. Earle is dedicated to contemporary Canadian clarinet music, while also enjoying traditional repertoire. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University. Dr. Earle has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre and will be artist-in-residence at Bundanon Trust in Australia in June of 2016. Dr. Earle is committed to music eduction having been a high school band director, faculty at the University of Victoria, delivering numerous masterclasses, clarinet instructor at the El Sistema inspired Saint James Music Academy, and maintaining a private studio. Among his numerous accolades for performance and research, Dr. Earle has received grants from the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award. More Info.
Elizabeth Roberts, Lecturer of Bassoon
Elizabeth Roberts served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri for the 2013-2014 academic year. Since 2001 she has been Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony, and she has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia. She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. She was a 2008 Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts nominee. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music from the Harid Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda and USC Presidential Fellows. Her principal teachers were Arthur Weisberg, Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli. More info.
Katy Ambrose, Lecturer of Horn and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator, chamber and orchestral musician. She joins the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in Fall 2015. She also holds the position of fourth horn of the Delaware Symphony, second horn in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and fourth horn in the Philly Pops!. Ambrose earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University, has her Masters degree from the Cincinnati-Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award at University of Michigan and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale. More Info.