ARTISTIC MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Mrs. Diana Chou
Diana Chou is a talented and engaging music educator, conductor, and cellist. She is currently the Artistic Director of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras, as well as Conductor for the Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble. Mrs. Chou began her tenure with TCSYO in 2017 as the Prelude Orchestra Conductor; under her leadership, the program grew rapidly and String Ensemble was formed in the fall of 2019.
Mrs. Chou has been a devoted music educator since 2008, and has taught for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) since 2013. She currently teaches orchestra at Sangster and White Oaks Elementary Schools. She has been a mentor to many first year orchestra teachers, and has hosted several student teachers from JMU and GMU. She has also worked on FCPS and Virginia Department of Education Curriculum projects. She is an active freelance cellist in the Washington D.C. area and is a founding member of the Maestra Ensemble. Mrs. Chou was the associate conductor of the Fairfax Chamber Players from 2017-2019, coordinating concerts and the annual Concerto Competition. She has organized many student performance events including Strings Extravaganza and Area Orchestra.
Before moving to Virginia, she served as Vice President of the Seneca Tompkins Music Educators Association from 2009-2013 and was the Chairperson for Area All State and All County festivals. Mrs. Chou was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ithaca Community Orchestra from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 she was named a Music Educator Grammy Award Quarter Finalist.