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 Arizona Opera, Flagstaff Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Phoenix Symphony, 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 to focus on the group. In addition to her work with ASQ, Dr. Planeta is also the Executive Director of the Piedmont Youth Symphony, and a private instructor at The Catoctin School of Music.