Laura O'Konski ~ Conductor
"Ms. O" earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from George Mason University and studied at the graduate level at Shenandoah Conservatory. She is currently the Director of Orchestra and Chorus at Liberty High School in Bealeton, and also teaches private lessons for viola, cello, and violin, as well as being certified in teaching guitar. A recent Grammy nominee for being an excellent music educator, she has also been asked to guest conduct at the Knoxville, Tennessee Area Junior Orchestra Clinic. Ms. O has served as a conductor for the Youth Symphony since 2015, and is also a member of Atoka Strings. She currently resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, three dogs, and two cats.
Dr. Tara Planeta ~ Executive Director
Dr. Planeta holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership as well as Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Violin Performance. She has enjoyed over 25 years as a professional in performance and education, and is happy to bring her experience to the Piedmont Youth Symphony. Dr. Planeta is also the Founder and 1st Violinist of the Atoka String Quartet based in Loudoun/Fauquier Counties, as well as a private instructor of violin/viola at The Catoctin School of Music.