Neil Puzon (Founder) studied violin with Nancy McAllister at the Wilmington Academy of Music in Wilmington, NC. Mr. Puzon continued his violin studies and chamber music at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has performed at Howard University, Lisner Auditorium, George Mason Center for the Arts, and the Kennedy Center. He performs in chamber music recitals throughout Southern Maryland and around DC. Currently, Mr. Puzon resides in St. Charles, MD and enjoys teaching violin at his music studio.
Tara Planeta earned her Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University, and has also studied at the postgraduate level. She has performed numerous regional orchestras and opera companies across the nation. As an educator and pedagogue, Ms.Planeta maintains a full private teaching schedule, and is the Executive Director of the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra. She is also the Founder and 1st Violinist of the Atoka String Quartet based in Loudoun/Fauquier Counties in Virginia Hunt Country.
Jian Song is a native of China where he received his Bachelor’s Degree, and hold a Master’s Degree from Shenandoah University. He has performed with many symphony/opera orchestras including the Atoka String Quartet as well as collaborated for recordings. Mr.Song has worked with Christoph Eschenbach and Lang Lang, in addition to other talents, and was Concertmaster of the Shenandoah Symphony. His recent credits include founding a new Music Festival in early 2019 collaborating with faculty from the University of Maryland.
Joan Burdette is a cellist living, teaching, and performing in Northern Virginia. She earned her Master’s in Music Performance from Ball State University, and her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Shenandoah University. She has attended various summer music festivals and performed with several local orchestras. Mrs.Burdette also teaches private lessons, and is currently Suzuki Certified through Book 3 while also incorporating the Orff Method. She believes in the emphasis of listening skills to help students in becoming more sensitive musicians.
St. Charles Strings
Carol Brobst (Violin/Viola/Harp)
Ha-Young Kim (Violin)
Gabriel DiMarco (Cello)