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Ula Kauppi, CFRE

Executive Director

Ula Kauppi became the Executive Director of the LSO on June 1, 2024. Ula comes to the LSO with an extensive background in resource development, marketing, and communications at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, E.C. Glass Theatre, and United Way of Central Virginia. She has also served on the Board of Trustees at the Academy Center of the Arts for five years.

Ula holds the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation and will complete her masters in Nonprofit Leadership Studies at the University of Lynchburg in December 2024. A lifelong patron of the arts, Ula has called Lynchburg home since 2004 alongside her husband Alan. They are proud to have raised three wonderful children – now young adults – who all participated in the Lynchburg City Schools Strings program.
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David Glover

Music Director and Conductor

David Glover was named LSO Music Director and Conductor prior to the 2019-2020 season. Known for his exciting and passionate music making, Glover is recognized as one of the rising stars of his generation. He recently concluded a tenure as the Associate Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony where he led numerous high-profit concerts. That included a last-minute performance of Carmina Burana, in which Glover stepped in for Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the opening classical concert of the Symphony’s new hall in Wilmington, NC, and two-state-wide tours.

In addition to his position in Lynchburg, Glover is currently the conductor of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in Raleigh, NC, and artistic director of its parent organization, the Philharmonic Association. Recently, Glover has made return guest appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, and at Furman University. He lives in Cary, NC, with his wife Emily, a violinist with the North Carolina Symphony, and their daughter Maia.

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Gina DiCarlo

LSYO Conductor

Gina DiCarlo is the conductor for both LSYO ensembles: String Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra. She started studying music seriously at an early age, attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Music during her middle and high school years. She graduated from the program with honors and won two concerto competitions on violin during her time there, performing the Barber violin concerto and Zigeunerweisen with orchestra. After high school, Ms. DiCarlo studied at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Lynn Blakeslee. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education from ESM, with honors, in 2014.

Ms. DiCarlo served as the Orchestra Director at E.C. Glass High School from 2015-2024 and served three consecutive terms as Chair of South Central Senior Regional Orchestra, from 2018-2024. She also served as Adjunct Violin and Viola Instructor at Randolph College and Sweet Briar College from 2017-2021.

Ms. DiCarlo performs regularly on the violin and viola, both in chamber and orchestral settings. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, and the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, where she served as guest concertmaster in the 2015-2016 season and returned as concertmaster for the 2016-2017 season. DiCarlo also guest conducted the Lynchburg Symphony for the Bernstein Bash event in October 2018. She has performed abroad in Austria, China, and Tibet, and has collaborated with rock, jazz, and Spanish ensembles for various events and performances. The song “Rain”, which featured DiCarlo, aired on Season 8 of Grey’s Anatomy in 2011.

In addition to Ms. DiCarlo’s many musical pursuits, she is also a fitness instructor at her local gym and a published author. Her debut novel was released in May 2019, her second novel was released in 2020, and her third novel was released in January 2022.

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Angie Hales

Music Coordinator and Personnel Manager
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Heather Laurence

LSYO Coordinator
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Dana Blackwood

Office Administrator

Dana Blackwood became the office administrator of LSO in May of 2024. Dana acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Lynchburg College and has experience as an executive assistant and bookkeeper. Dana brings unique organizational skills and creativity to her role at LSO.

Born and raised in the Lynchburg area, Dana has a passion for local historical preservation and giving back to her community. She currently serves on the Lynchburg Historical Foundation Board as President and has proudly volunteered at the Miller Home for over 14 years. Dana loves spending time outdoors with her husband Ron, daughter Ryien and their three dogs Max, Moose and Ollie.  

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Ula Kauppi, CFRE
Executive Director