Executive Director

Tara Planeta

Ms.Planeta holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance with Orchestral Emphasis, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership.  She has enjoyed 24 years as a professional in performance and education, and is happy to bring her experience to the FYO.  Ms.Planeta is the Founder and 1st Violinist of the Atoka String Quartet based in Loudoun/Fauquier Counties, and has a full teaching studio at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg. She began her own youth orchestra experience 30 years ago, when her parents would drive her 1.5 hours each way to another city for the opportunity to participate.



Laura O'Konski

Laura O'Konski "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.  Additionally, Ms. O is a member of Atoka Strings, and is also a recent Grammy nominee for being a music educator. She has served as a conductor for the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra since 2015, and currently resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.