Mrs. Anne Rupert
Principal Conductor - Symphonic Orchestra


Mrs. Anne Rupert, cellist and Principal Conductor, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she earned degrees in Cello Performance and Instrumental Music Education. Mrs. Rupert has enjoyed a very long and successful public-school teaching career in Fairfax County Public Schools where she has taught at Oakton High School, Franklin Middle School, Rachel Carson Middle School and now Robinson Secondary School where she has been teaching the high school and advanced middle school orchestra classes since 2006. (continue reading)

Mrs. Diana Chou, Artistic Director
Conductor - String Ensemble
Conductor - Prelude Orchestra

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Mrs. 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. (continue reading)

Mr. Austin Isaac
Conductor - Chamber Orchestra
Conductor - Concert Orchestra


Mr. Austin Isaac, bassist and Conductor, is the high school orchestra director at Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) and is also the lead of the orchestra Collaborative team at LBSS.  He has taught orchestra at the elementary and secondary levels in both public and private schools in Virginia.

He received his B.M. from James Madison University with a concentration in instrumental education and his Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University. As a double bassist, Isaac has been an active performer in a variety of orchestras in the Northern Virginia area. (continue reading)

Mr. Kenneth Law
Director of Chamber Music


Mr. Kenneth Law enjoys a diverse career as performer, teacher and author, but he considers himself first and foremost a chamber musician. He is a member of the Main Street Chamber Players and Trio Peridot, and cellist with the Ritz Chamber Players, Colour of Music Festival and Gateways Music Festival. Abroad, Mr. Law has performed chamber music concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, as well as concerts in England, France, Scotland, Panama and Puerto Rico. In the US, he has performed at the Washington Performing Arts Club the Italian and German Embassies in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert Series, Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. (continue reading)

Mr. Jacob Harpster
Director of Percussion, Symphonic Orchestra
Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Mr. Jake Harpster currently holds the position of Percussionist/Assistant Principal Timpanist for The United States Army Concert 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)

Mr. Kenneth Lee
Director of Woodwinds, Symphonic Orchestra

​​Mr. Kenneth Lee, clarinetist, is an independent studio teacher in Vienna, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Economics from Cornell University, and has held a Graduate Research Fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution. He is a clarinet student of Leon Russianoff, of the Juilliard School, and was a member of The United States Army Band, Solo Clarinetist of the Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, and, as a member of the Anechoic Wind Quintet, presented Concerts in the Schools under the auspices of the Washington Performing Arts Society. (continue reading)

Mr. Eric Hoang
Director of Brass, Symphonic Orchestra


Mr. Eric Hoang is a native of Falls Church, VA and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University where he studied with Roger Behrend, Anthony Maiello and John Casagrande. He also holds a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Ithaca College studying with Dr. Aaron Tindall.
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