ARTISTIC MUSIC DIRECTOR
CONDUCTOR CHAMBER
ORCHESTRA SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA


Dr. Cheri Collins attended the Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship and was one of two freshmen violinists chosen that year to study with Raphael Bronstein. After graduation, Dr. Collins played first violin in the São Paulo Symphony in Brazil, the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, the American Chamber Orchestra, and has had a varied and successful freelance and teaching career in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area for the past thirty years. (continue reading)

CONDUCTOR
PRELUDE ORCHESTRA
STRING ENSEMBLE

Mrs. 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. (continue reading)

DIRECTOR OF PERCUSSION
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE


Mr. Jake Harpster currently holds the position of Percussionist/Assistant Principal Timpanist for The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.
As a performer, Harpster is known for his diverse background. In the Broadway idiom, Harpster has presented concerts across the globe. He was the featured marimba soloist and percussionist of the Tony and Emmy award-winning production “BLAST.” With this show, he toured the United States, South Korea, and all forty seven prefectures in Japan.  (continue reading)

DIRECTOR OF WOODWINDS
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Mr. Kenneth Lee is TCSYO's woodwind sectional coach. He has had many advantages in his musical life. Mr. Lee started clarinet with a wonderful first teacher named John Placca who early in high school sent him to his clarinet teacher, David Weber. In his senior year, his high school baseball tournament conflicted with Mr. Weber's approach ("You have to decide if you're going to be a baseball player or a clarinet player!"), his father found Joseph Allard. Joe Allard asked Ken if it might not be easier for him to articulate if his tongue weren't tucked behind his bottom teeth. (continue reading)
DIRECTOR OF BRASS
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Mr. Dave Detwiler, TCSYO Brass Sectional Coach, began his career at a very early age as he studied trumpet with his father and piano with his mother, both local musicians. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh where he studied with Charles Hois and Tony Pascarelli then travelled with The Donald Bird, Nathan Davis Big Band throughout Europe before returning to the US to join The United States Army Band to begin his 27 year career. Dave performed as principle soloist with The Army Concert Band and both Lead and Jazz trumpet with The US Army Blues. (continue reading)
DIRECTOR OF CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
STRING ENSEMBLE

Mr. John Kaboff
, B.M., M.M., studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University as well as Jacqueline DuPre’s teacher, William Pleeth, at the Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and at the Britten-Peers Summer School in England. In addition to serving as Mr. Pleeth’s teaching assistant, he studied at the International Academy of Chamber Music (now known as the Kronberg Academy), in Kronberg, Germany, with Arto Noras. A resident of the Washington since 1995, D.C., Mr. Kaboff has performed as recital and concerto soloist locally at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chamber Ensemble groups meet weekly one house prior to their scheduled orchestra rehearsal. (continue reading)


 
 
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