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Samantha Teter:  Executive Director
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Samantha Teter has over 17 years of experience in arts and non-profit marketing, public relations, and sales. She moved to the Chattanooga area in 2012 from Denver, where she was Director of Marketing and Sales for the Colorado Symphony. Prior to that, she was Director of Marketing and PR for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana. She came to the CSO in 2012 as Director of Marketing, and was promoted to Executive Director in March 2016

She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, and in her spare time, enjoys singing and performing in theatrical and vocal productions. She is a local National Anthem singer and performs it several times a season at Lookouts games. She is married and has a 14-year old daughter and two adult stepchildren, and recently became a grandmother.

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Kathy Allison: Operations Manager
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Kathy joined the CSO in January 2009 as production coordinator. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the Hamilton County School system serving as the Dean of Fine Arts at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Coordinator, and Music Teacher. Ms. Allison has also worked as Wardrobe Mistress/Costume Coordinator for the CSO since 1977.

She holds a Master of Music in Music Education, as well as the Administration and Supervision Endorsement, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Allison is a current or former member of International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees-Local#140, Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Handbell Choir, City of Chattanooga Public Arts Committee, and Delta Omicron Music Sorority.

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Eric Anderson: Personnel Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2105


In addition to playing the Principal Bassoon, Eric Anderson also serves as the CSO’s Orchestra Personnel Manager.

Eric has been Principal Bassoonist of the CSO Orchestra and Bassoonist of the CSO Wind Quintet since 1996. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to playing Principal Bassoon with the CSO, he currently plays Third/Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony.

Kayla Sullivan: Marketing & Communications Manager
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Kayla joined the CSO in 2019. She is a University of Georgia graduate with a background in marketing and video production, and she has previously worked with organizations such as Blood Assurance and the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.


Rebekah B. Cheney: Development & Special Events Manager
423.267.8583 Extension 2103


Prior to joining the CSO, Rebekah worked multiple capacities with the LSU Foundation and in Philanthropic Trust Administration at Wells Fargo.

At the LSU Foundation, she most recently served as the Principal Gifts Analyst with the Prospect Management team, but also spent time as the Assistant Director and Associate Director of Principal Gifts. During her time with the Prospect Management team, she supported 12 of the foundation’s 30 development officers with their prospect management needs, including data maintenance and analysis, strategy development, development officer coordination, and training. In addition to prospect management-related duties, Rebekah also supported the LSU Foundation’s growing Principal Gifts Program by working with key partners across LSU’s development team. She collaborated with the Director of Research and Prospect Management, development staff and LSU Foundation leadership to help establish and manage next steps to focus on principal gift cultivation and stewardship.

At Wells Fargo, her team served as both client-facing representatives and administrators for accounts throughout the country. During her time at Wells Fargo, she administered private foundations and other types of charitable trusts, and gained experience with scholarship and grant administration.

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Megan Chisom: Orchestra Librarian
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In addition to performing as a member of the viola section, Megan Chisom serves as the CSO’s music librarian.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Megan began studying the violin at the age of six in a public school Suzuki strings program. Since agreeing to “try on” the viola at the age of twelve, she has performed across the United States and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician. Megan has been a member of the CSO since 2013, and relocated to the area in 2015 when she accepted the librarian position. In addition to her work with the CSO, she serves on the faculty of Lee University as instructor of viola and chamber music. Megan is also a Suzuki-trained teacher, and maintains an active private studio where enjoys working with violin and viola students of all ages. Find out more about her at


Candice Ortenzo: Patron Services Manager
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Kayoko Dan: Music Director & Conductor


Gary Wilkes: CSOYO Conductor


A native Chattanoogan, Gary Wilkes is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. After graduation, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was awarded a Master of Music Diploma in Bassoon Performance. It was at Southern Methodist University where he studied conducting with James Rives-Jones, associate conductor with the Dallas Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.

Over the past thirty-five years, he has taught both bands and orchestras in Texas and Tennessee. Currently, he is the orchestra teacher at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Gary is proudly beginning his twenty-first year as the music director of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and the conductor of the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.

Gary has professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, American String Teacher’s Association, National School Orchestra Association, International Double Reed Society, Tennessee Education Association, Hamilton County Education Association, and the American Federation of Musicians – Local 80. He recently completed a six-year tenure on the Executive Board of Directors with the Tennessee Music Education Association and is also past President of the Tennessee chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. He also holds membership in the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was recently honored as one of Tennessee’s outstanding teachers by the Board of the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is Director of Music at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is proud to be a husband to Lisa and Dad to Richard, Michael, Kathryn, Karen and Olivia.