LSYO Music Director & Conductors

A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayden Denesha is a passionate conductor known for his intensity and his dedication to the education of audiences and young musicians. Prior to joining the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hayden most recently served as Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Youth Orchestra and worked as an Assistant Conductor and Youth Orchestra Conductor for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. While with the South Carolina Philharmonic, he led professional young persons’ concerts and helped grow its Youth Orchestra program into one of the largest in the state. He also presently works as the Associate Conductor for the Rock Hill Symphony and as the Youth Orchestra Artistic Director for Rowan University.

As an advocate for contemporary programming, Hayden has premiered numerous commissions and has been relied upon for his expertise in multimedia collaboration. He recently worked on the U.S. premiere of Du Yun’s Where We Lost Our Shadows at the Kennedy Center and served as an Assistant Conductor for a Baltimore city-wide production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass under the baton of Marin Alsop. He is also one of the few conductors in the world trained in accompanying silent films with live orchestra. In 2018 he was invited to Indiana University to present the original score of Phantom of the Opera (1925) with renowned organ soloist Dennis James.

Hayden holds conducting degrees from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the University of South Carolina, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has also trained and performed at music festivals such as the Eastern Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School, Miami Summer Music Festival, and the PRISMA Festival in Western Canada. His principal teachers have included Marin Alsop, Joseph Young, Scott Weiss and David Rudge. Hayden is equally at home as a performer on viola having earned his undergraduate degree in Viola Performance & Music Education. He has held viola section positions with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Ballet. He presently resides in Baltimore, MD with his fiancée Mary Kate and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Dr. Hayden Denesha
Music Director and Conductor, Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra

Ms. Ashley Driscoll is the Orchestra Director at Independence High School in Loudoun County. Prior to teaching in Virginia, Ms. Driscoll was the former graduate assistant conductor of the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted youth and community ensembles across West Virginia.

Ms. Driscoll earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education, as well as Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance from West Virginia University. Her principal teachers included Mitchell Arnold (conducting) and Erin Ellis (cello).

Apart from conducting, Ms. Driscoll is a registered Suzuki cello instructor and completed five levels of Suzuki teacher training. Her trainers have included Avi Friedlander, Andrea Yun, Shu-Yi Scott, Beth Goldstein-McKee, and Beth Cantrell.

Additionally, she has attended the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, The Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, and held a teaching assistantship at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Ms. Driscoll remains an active cellist in community and recital performances.

Ashley Driscoll
Conductor, Symphonic Orchestra

Ms. Sarah Geiger's musical journey began at the age of 3 when she started violin with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings. Through the years she pursued a variety of musical opportunities at the local, regional, and state levels, and upon graduating high school attended Ithaca College for Music Education. Ms. Geiger returned to Ithaca College in the summers from 2018-2020 and earned a Master's in Music Education as well.

Currently, Ms. Geiger teaches at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, VA working with 6th and 7th grade orchestra, and 7th and 8th grade guitar. Additionally, she coaches Chamber Orchestra and Kpop ensembles, and is looking to start a Ukulele Club. She enjoys bringing students into the community for real-world music experiences, and collaborating with other schools.

Sarah Geiger
Interim Conductor, Strings Orchestra