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 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: Jiyeon Choi
Horn: Katy Ambrose
Bassoon: Elizabeth Roberts

Katy Ambrose, Horn
Katy Ambrose enjoys a dual-faceted career as performer and educator. She serves on the faculty at the University of Virginia, and as Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. Her experience includes positions in the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Northeast PA Philharmonic, Albany Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic, as well as substitute appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hawai’i Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony. She is a member of Izula Horns, and was co-founder of the internationally renowned Seraph Brass. Katy has given Historically Informed Performances on the Baroque and Classical horns with the Washington Baroque Consort, the Staunton Music Festival, and in recital. Her experience extends to popular music, most recently for several shows on Adele’s 2016 World Tour. Katy has a special interest in using music as a way to foster growth and understanding within communities: she has taught for, and developed programs for several initiatives in the Philadelphia area. More Info.

Jiyeon Choi, Clarinet
Clarinetist and educator Jiyeon Choi joined the Arts & Sciences faculty as a lecturer in Clarinet and as principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2019, and also holds the principal clarinet position with the Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois. She is an advocate for contemporary music as well as specializing in standard solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Her primary research explores the chamber music of Jörg Widmann, a renowned German clarinetist and composer. She is also a core member of the newly-founded ensemble VIM, a new music ensemble featuring southeastern artist with cross-disciplinary performances based in Atlanta, GA. More info.

Kelly Peral, Oboe
Kelly Peterson Peral is University of Virginia’s Lecturer of Oboe and Principal Oboe with the Charlottesville Symphony. Peral’s performance background includes extensive engagements with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, numerous Broadway shows, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, among others. Most recently she has enjoyed engagements with the Roanoke Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony, and Norfolk’s Virginia Symphony. Peral is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Juilliard School. More info.

Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon
Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, Elizabeth Roberts joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year. She became a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as their contrabassoonist in 2017, and has played Second Bassoon with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. Ms. Roberts joined the faculty of the New England Music Camp during the summer of 2017. She was a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee, and has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Barbara York, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross. More info.

Kelly Sulick, Flute
Kelly Sulick teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony, and previously served as Principal Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville. She earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California; prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, and can be heard on several compact discs, including William Bolcom's “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” under Leonard Slatkin, a Naxos release that received four Grammy awards including Best Classical Album.  More info.

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