Diana Chou, cellist and conductor, began her cello instruction at the age of four with Emily Hall through Buffalo Suzuki Strings. She progressed quickly and played with the advanced touring ensemble by the age of 12. Her orchestra solo debut was with the Orchard Park Symphony in 2000, playing the Lalo Cello Concerto. In the fall of 2014, she performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with the Fairfax Chamber Players, and in the spring of 2016, she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra.
Chou has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Manassas Symphony, Fairfax Chamber Players, Auburn Chamber Orchestra, Genesee Symphony, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Southern Tier Symphony. She is the founding member of the Gemini Ensemble.
Mrs. Chou earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Houghton College. Her cello teachers include David Teie, Kenneth Law, Robert Battey, Elizabeth Simkin, Heidi Hoffman, Erin Ellis, Rintaro Wada, and Feng Hew. Notable conducting teachers include Russell Stanger, Jeffrey Grogan, Elizabeth Peterson, Brian Casey, Mark Hijleh, and Gregory Magie.
Prior to coming to Virginia, Chou was the Director of Orchestras at Boynton Middle School and Fall Creek Elementary School (Ithaca, NY) from January 2009-June 2013. While in Ithaca, she was the artistic director and conductor of the Ithaca Community Orchestra from 2011 to 2013.
Mrs. Chou currently teaches at Lake Braddock Secondary School and White Oaks Elementary in Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, VA. She is the co-director of the Fairfax Chamber Players and conducts the Prelude and String Ensemble Orchestras of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO).