Albemarle Ensemble

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 Commission for the 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: Kelly Peral
Clarinet: Shawn Earle
Horn: Katy Ambrose
Bassoon: Elizabeth Roberts

Kelly Sulick, Lecturer of Flute

Kelly teaches flute at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony. Prior to her appointment, she spent three seasons as Principal Flute in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville. A frequent performer, Ms. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She holds a MM from the University of Southern California, and a BM and BA from the University of Michigan. More info.

Kelly Peral, Lecturer of Oboe

Kelly Peterson Peral is excited to join the Charlottesville Symphony and UVA’s Music Department. Ms. Peral has made her career as a free-lance oboist in and around New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Cleveland and most recently Virginia, performing extensively with the Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, numerous Broadway shows, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, The Florida Orchestra, New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, and Roanoke Symphony, among others. 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.


McIntire Department of Music
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