Dr. Tara Planeta ~ Founder/Violin
Dr. Planeta holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Performance, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She has been performing professionally for over 25 years with numerous orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony, National Philharmonic, Arizona Opera, Maryland Symphony, Arizona Ballet, and was a long-time member of the Roanoke Symphony/Opera Roanoke. Dr. Planeta has worked with stars such as Liza Minelli, Wynonna Judd, Natalie Cole, Art Garfunkle, Aaron Neville, and many other renowned classical/contemporary artists. Since establishing Atoka Strings, she has retired from orchestral performance, and is now the Executive Director of the Piedmont Youth Symphony, as well as a private instructor at The Catoctin School of Music.