Email to Dr. Collins from a parent of a Symphonic Orchestra student, Reston, VA
"The Shostakovich was fascinating, deep, and very well delivered. Although some anguish on the part of the composer was never very far away, it seemed to fit together better than expected after reading the program notes. All of this was a very enjoyable evening. And a testament to the capability, high standards, leadership and judgment of Dr. Collins. Thank you for the valuable training and the good music you drew from the kids. Bravo."
(June 5, 2016)
Email to Dr. Collins from a parent of a Symphonic Orchestra student, Burk, VA
"We really appreciate the wonderful and fun environment your orchestra provides to the young musicians."
Email to Dr. Collins from a parent of a Chamber Orchestra student, Alexandria, VA
"Thank you very much for your inspiration and guidance to all the students." My son "absolutely loves the orchestra and is so energized after rehearsals that he bounces into the house--excitedly reporting all that he's worked on. As his mother, I'm thrilled to see his passion ignited and his ability honed. Thank you."
(October 21, 2015)
Email to Dr. Collins from a violin teacher of a Symphonic Orchestra student, Washington, DC
"I am in Boston for the next week, otherwise it would be a pleasure to take you up on your offer to hear the orchestra. My student has really benefitted from her work with you and she loves the orchestra, you, and the other student musicians! Thank you!"
(June 10, 2015)
Email to Dr. Collins
"Great concert! Fantastic job! I remember playing this piece in high school (over 15 years ago) and hearing this talented group perform this brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart!"
(December 15, 2014)
Email to Dr. Collins from a Symphonic Orchestra student, Alexandria, VA
"Thank you for an amazing concert this afternoon! I honestly love and enjoy making music in our orchestra."
(January 19, 2014)
Email to Dr. Collins from a viola teacher of a Chamber Orchestra Student, Herndon, VA
"I was extremely impressed with the performance yesterday given by both orchestras. You are bringing new life to the Youth Orchestra Community in Virginia."
(January 19, 2014)
Email to Dr. Collins from a parent of a Chamber Orchestra Student, Bethesda, MD
"Sunday's concert was magical: Cheri, you launched the Chamber Orchestra into the stratosphere - they sounded beautiful, especially the Bach and Deerpath Triptych. And the Symphonic Orchestra was a revelation to us -- we had no idea they tackled such complex and moving music with such a big sound. In fact, a family friend was so moved, she wants to resume taking music lessons as an adult."
(January 19, 2014)
Email to Dr. Collins from a cello teacher of a Symphonic Orchestra Student, Springfield, VA
"I did not realize this was the first concert for your group and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the concert Sunday. The kids were amazingly well-prepared as well as well-behaved while sitting in the audience or onstage. There seemed to be many very clear protocols for how things were to be done and I salute you for your extraordinary efforts. The program was beautifully done. The poster(s) and items being sold are a great tribute to what is being accomplished. The hall is perfect! Just WOW!"
"Though I do not care for the (Franck) d minor symphony ... I can appreciate what a difficult piece it was for everyone and how beautifully you pulled it off. Again, truly extraordinary, Cheri."
(January 20, 2014)
Email to TCSYO Executive Director from a parent of a Chamber Orchestra Student, Potomac, MD
"Michael, the organization of the event (Winter Celebration) was flawless. I know first-hand that these things don't just happen - it takes a lot of detail work. My guests were incredibly impressed."
(January 19, 2014)
Email to Dr. Collins from a parent of a Symphonic Orchestra Student, Reston, VA
"Thank you so much for giving my daughter the opportunity to play in TCSYO. You have no idea how important this has been for her self esteem and growth as a musician. I was so impressed with yesterday's performances -- you did a fantastic job with both groups, and it was a pleasure to see."
(January 21, 2014)
Former Employer, Margaret Adams, Board of Director President, of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO), Annandale, VA
"Cheri Collins has been an inspiration to young musicians in our area for more than 20 years, . . . AYPO has benefited from her passion for music and education."
(May 8, 2012, Email to the Parents of AYPO)
Jack Walton, Former Executive Director of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO), Annandale, VA
"Dr. Cheri Collins has served and inspired the young musicians of AYSE for nine years. AYSE's May 13, 2012 concert will be her last with us, as she leaves to pursue new musical ventures. Dr. Collins has touched the lives of many musicians . . . I hope you will join us in showing our gratitude by making a gift in her honor to the AYPO Endowment Fund."
(March 29, 2012, Email to the Parents of AYPO)
Email to TCSYO Executive Director from a Summer Camp parent, Fairfax, VA
“THANK YOU! I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know that my son had a wonderful time during this past two weeks participating TCSYO’ Summer Strings Camp. It was one of the most well organized music camps I have ever experienced. He was challenged musically and as a result his playing improved greatly. He will definitely plan to attend next year. A special thanks to Dr. Cheri Collins-Conductor for her ever present enthusiasm and talent.”
Email to Dr. Collins from a Summer Camp parent, Herndon, VA
"Thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to join TCSYO’ Summer Strings Camp 2012 and supporting her with great care. She enjoyed the camp a lot and improved tremendously. I feel that this new experience of intense music training will have a positive impact in her musical development. I also want to congratulate TCSYO for a well organized, quality camp.”
Email to TCSYO from a Summer Camp violin student, McLean, VA
“This camp is my favorite out of all the camps I’ve been to. I learned a lot from the challenging music we played and got to meet many people. But the main reason I loved this camp so much because I got to see and work with my favorite conductor Dr. Collins.”
Email to TCSYO from Summer Camp cello student, Springfield, VA
“I thought TCSYO Summer music camp was a blast. For two weeks we practiced many challenging pieces and thanks to Dr. Collins in just a few days we sounded like pros. We even get to work with other famous musicians. I want to come back next year.”
Email to TCSYO from a Summer Camp viola student, Washingon, DC
“What makes TCSYO Summer Camp stand out from the other camps I attended to is that Dr. Collins makes learning FUN. I will never forget the amazing memories I experienced with my friends, Dr. Collins and the rest of the staff.”