Diana L. Chou
Ms. Chou is thrilled to join the TCSYO artistic staff this year!
Ms. Diana Chou began her cello instruction at the age of four with Emily Hall through the Buffalo Suzuki Strings institute. She rose quickly through the levels and was playing with the advanced touring ensemble by the age of 12. Her solo orchestra debut was with the Orchard Park Symphony in 2000, playing the Lalo Cello Concerto. In the fall of 2014 she performed the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with the Fairfax Chamber Players. In March of 2016 she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra.
As a cellist, Ms. Chou has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Manassas Symphony, Fairfax Chamber Players, Auburn Chamber Orchestra, Genesee Chorus and Orchestra, Genesee Symphony, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier Symphony. She is the founding member of the Gemini Ensemble- a chamber group that performs for special events.
Ms. Chou received her Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Houghton College, and Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College. Conducting teachers have included Russell Stanger, Jeffrey Grogan, Elizabeth Peterson, Brian Casey, Mark Hijleh, and Gregory Magie. Cello teachers have included David Teie, Kenneth Law, Robert Battey, Elizabeth Simkin, Heidi Hoffman, Erin Ellis, Rintaro Wada, and Feng Hew.
Ms. Chou was the artistic director and conductor of the Ithaca Community Orchestra from July 2011-July 2013. She is the former music director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra. From the fall of 2009 through the summer of 2011, Diana was assistant conductor of the Ithaca Community Orchestra.
Prior to coming to Virginia, Ms. Chou was the Director of Orchestras at Boynton Middle School and Fall Creek Elementary School (Ithaca, NY) since January 2009. While there, she was named a quarter-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Currently, she teaches with Fairfax County Public Schools at Sangster and White Oaks Elementary. During the summers, Diana works as a cello sectional coach and conductor with the Stallion Summer Strings camp at South County High School.
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