Tara Planeta ~ Founder, 1st Violin
Tara Planeta earned her Master's Degree in Violin Performance in 2003, and has performed with numerous ensembles across the nation including the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, and many more. She has shared the stage with Liza Minelli, Wynnona Judd, Natalie Cole, Art Garfunkle, Aaron Neville, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Ocean, Styx, and other renowned artists. Ms.Planeta is the Executive Director of the Fauquier Youth Orchestra in Warrenton, and also maintains a busy teaching schedule with The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg. In her spare time, enjoys spending time with her many animals, and volunteering in animal welfare.
Photo Credit ~ Middleburg Photo
Carol Brobst ~ Violin,Viola,Harp
Carol Brobst of Brobst Violin Shop, is an alumni of George Mason University, and has enjoyed a long career as a modern and baroque violinist/violist. She has performed with many East Coast ensembles, including Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, Richmond Symphony, Bach Sinfonia, Modern Musick, ArcoVoce, National Gallery Orchestra, and the Manassas Ballet. Ms.Brobst has participated in several early music ensemble recordings and baroque performance practice masterclasses, and assists ASQ with arranging music for client requests. She manages a private teaching studio in her home, and also enjoys a prolific involvement at The Torpedo Factory making and selling fiber art and jewelry.
Laura O'Konski ~ Viola
Laura O'Konski earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from George Mason University, and is currently finishing a Master's Degree in Viola Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She is an active performer in the Northern Virginia region, and recently retired from the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Ms. O'Konski is the Director of Orchestra and Chorus at Liberty High School in Bealeton, and has served as a conductor with the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra since 2015. She currently resides in Boyce with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.
James Forry ~ Cello
James Forry graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in Music Education, and currently teaches music for the Spotsylvania County Public Schools. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Mary Washington and Randolph-Macon College. Mr.Forry also teaches privately at the WM Mason II Violin Shop in Fredericksburg, and is the principal cellist of the Piedmont Symphony. He is an avid mountain biker, has a wealth of knowledge of farm tractors, and is married to his college sweetheart with three beautiful children.