Photo Credit ~ Middleburg Photo
Tara Planeta ~ Founder, 1st Violin
Tara Planeta holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance, and is currently pursuing of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree. She has performed with numerous ensembles across the nation including the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, and was a long-time member of the Roanoke Symphony. Ms.Planeta has shared the stage with stars such as Liza Minelli, Wynnona Judd, Natalie Cole, Art Garfunkle, Aaron Neville, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Ocean, and many other renowned artists. She is the Executive Director of the Fauquier Youth Orchestra in Warrenton, and also maintains a full teaching studio with The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg. In her spare time, enjoys spending time with her animals, and also volunteering in animal welfare.
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 Woodbridge, and also enjoys a prolific involvement at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, 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.