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, as well as being certified in teaching guitar. A recent Grammy nominee for being an excellent music educator, she has also been asked to guest conduct at the Knoxville, Tennessee Area Junior Orchestra Clinic. Ms. O has served as a conductor for the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra since 2015, and is is also a member of Atoka Strings. She currently resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, three dogs, and two cats.
Dr. Tara Planeta
Dr. Planeta holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance with Orchestral Emphasis, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She has enjoyed 25 years as a professional in performance and education, and is happy to bring her experience to the FYO. Dr. Planeta is the Founder and 1st Violinist of the Atoka String Quartet based in Loudoun/Fauquier Counties, and is a private instructor of violin/viola at The Catoctin School of Music.