Executive Director

Tara Planeta

Ms.Planeta holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance with Orchestral Emphasis, and is currently pursuing of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree.  She has enjoyed a 20 year career in performance and education.  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. Ms.Planeta 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 "Miss O" is an active teacher and performer in the Northern Virginia region. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from George Mason University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Viola Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Ms.O has performed with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and remains an active freelance performer with other local orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is currently the Director of Orchestra and Chorus at Liberty High School in Bealeton, and has served as a conductor at the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra since 2015. Ms.O currently resides in Boyce with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.

The Fauquier Youth Orchestra

P.O. Box 3541

Warrenton, VA 20188