SGM Charlotte Roberts currently serves as principal cellist with The U.S. Army Strings and Orchestra as well as Strings Group Leader and Assistant Element Leader. She also served as U.S. Army Orchestra Non Commissioned Officer in Charge from 2004 until 2013. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she attended East Carolina University, then received a Bachelor's degree in cello performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied with Frantisek Smetana. After graduating from VCU, SGM Roberts continued her studies with Stephen Kates and David Hardy. Before joining The U.S. Army Band in 1991, SGM Roberts was a member of the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony and the Richmond Symphony, and also performed with the Richmond Sinfonia, the National Chamber Players, and other ensembles in the area. In addition to her tenure as principal cellist with the U.S. Army Strings, a position she has held since 2003, SGM Roberts has served as principal cellist with the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Arlington Symphony, under Maestro Ruben Vartanyan, and the Arlington Philharmonic. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband, SGM Jim Roberts, and their three dachshunds, Bobo, Maggie and Sebastian.