Mahoko Eguchi has performed throughout the United States and Japan, as well as in France, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. As a member of the Arianna String Quartet, she was a finalist at the first International String Quartet Competition of Bordeaux. She has appeared in performances at festivals such as Strings-in-the-Mountains, Tanglewood, Taos, Spoleto, Norfolk, and Moonbeach (Japan), as well as performing in chamber music series such as Japan Airline Young Artists Series, MIT Chamber Music Series, Fermilab Chamber Music Series, Chicago’s Mostly Music Series, Premiere Performance Series in St. Louis, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, Doheny Soiree Series in Los Angeles, and Fortas Chamber Music Series at Kennedy Center. Eguchi has been heard in live broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, on Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on NPR’s Performance Today program. Her recording of George Frederick McKay’s Suite for Viola and Piano was released in 2002 on the Naxos label. She received her D.M.A., M.M.A., and M.M. degrees from Yale University and B.M. from Indiana University. She studied with Henryk Kowalski, Josef Gingold, Syoko Aki, and Richard Young.

Prior to joining the National Symphony, Eguchi served on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Michigan School of Music. She joined the National Symphony Orchestra in September 2001.

Mahoko Eguchi
The Last Stand Quartet and viola sectional coach

Joel Fuller is a member of the first violin section and currently acting associate principal second violin of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Washington, D.C. He was appointed by Christoph Eschenbach in 2009 after serving four years as assistant principal second violin of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Fuller holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Michigan where his principal teachers were Vartan Manoogian and Paul Kantor. As a student, Fuller won both schools' concerto competitions and was the Grand Prize winner of the ASTA competition in Michigan.

A lover of chamber music, Joel Fuller is a founding member of the Last Stand Quartet with members of the NSO and a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society. Recent solo engagements include concerto performances with the Londontowne Symphony, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Fuller plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Omobono Stradivari in 1724 named the ex-Powell.

Joel Fuller
The Last Stand Quartet and violin sectional coach

Sarah Marie Hughes is a performing and visual artist currently living in Washington, DC. She has 26 years of experience playing the alto saxophone and also doubles on the soprano saxophone, flute, and clarinet. She received training in classical saxophone playing from Dale Underwood at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2008. In 2015, Hughes earned a master’s degree in Jazz saxophone performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Donny McCaslin.

Hughes’ music has a foundation in an organic, intuitive, genre-liberated sound and approach, which includes vocalization with and without effects pedals, experimentation with 1/2 size guitar, and original compositions utilizing both conventional notation and graphic scores. As a performer of jazz standards, Hughes often incorporates self-taught rhythmic tap dancing as well as singing and scatting, culminating in entertaining and engaging performances.

In her spare time, Hughes creates abstract artwork; an outgrowth of her compositional and improvisational processes. Her medium is mostly ink and watercolor with some exploration involving acrylics. She is heavily influenced by Kandinsky, Miró, and Picasso. https://www.sarahmariehughes.com

Sarah Marie Hughes
Conduction Workshop Coach, Improvisation and Art Enrichment

Stephen Matthie is currently the Director of Orchestras at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, VA, where he is also the chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Council. Prior to this, Mr. Matthie held orchestra directing positions at Robinson Secondary School, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Greenbriar West Elementary School. His orchestras consistently receive “Superior” ratings at festivals and assessments and are praised for their great musicianship and energy. In addition, the Rocky Run Chamber Orchestra was only one of two middle school orchestras chosen to perform at the 2013 Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference. In 2015, the Rocky Run Chamber Orchestra was also chosen as “Commended Winner” for The Foundation of Music Education’s Mark of Excellence Orchestra Festival, based out of Texas. Under Mr. Matthie’s direction, the Rocky Run orchestra program has grown from 88 students in 2006 to 295 students at its peak.

Mr. Matthie was the recipient of the Virginia Chapter of the American Strings Teachers Association’s 2010 New Strings Teacher of The Year Award, given to a teacher each year in their first 6 years of teaching. Recently, Mr. Matthie is also a sought after guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for several honors orchestras, assessments, and solo competitons throughout Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Mr. Matthie is originally from Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the United States when he was five years old. He is a graduate of Chantilly High School, part of Fairfax County Public Schools, in Chantilly, VA. He earned his B.M. in Music Education from James Madison University where he studied violin with Dr. Wanchi Huang and conducting with Dr. Robert McCashin. Mr. Matthie is a member of American Strings Teachers Association and National Association for Music Education.

Apart from teaching in the public schools, Mr. Matthie spent 15 seasons as a violinist with the Tysons McLean Orchestra in McLean, VA, runs a violin studio of 5 students out of his home in Fairfax, VA, and is the second violinist for the BASH Quartet, an ensemble made up of fellow orchestra directors.

Stephen Matthie
Violin/viola sectional coach

Derek Powell was appointed to the National Symphony Orchestra in 2020 by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. Prior to joining the NSO, Derek served in the military as a violinist in the U.S Army Band “Pershing’s Own” where he performed at the White House for State visits and other high profile events. As a military musician, he also regularly performed in service of congressional and military leadership in addition to giving performances to the general public. Derek is a frequent guest artist with the Grammy Award®-nominated contemporary music ensemble Inscape and is a regular performer-educator with Sound Impact, a music collective using music education and engagement to further positive social change. Derek also coaches with the NSO Youth Fellowship program and at the DC Youth Orchestra Program.

Derek earned a Bachelor of Science double major with honors in Neurobiology and Music from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and graduated with his Master of Music degree from Rice University, where he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship in Violin. Derek continued his studies as a fellow in the New World Symphony, “America’s Orchestral Academy”, in Miami Beach, FL, under the baton of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. His primary teachers include David Perry, Kathleen Winkler, Felicia Moye, and Eugene Purdue. In the summer Derek performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has previously performed with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland and the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, CO. Derek lives in D.C. with his wife Allyson Goodman, principal violist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Derek Powell
The Last Stand Quartet

A National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) cellist since 1998, Rachel Young brings a diverse musical background to her work, ranging from avid engagement in chamber music to a strong interest in new music. She joins NSO colleagues as a member of the Last Stand Quartet and the 21st Century Consort. Prior to joining the NSO, Young served as principal cello of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, her collaboraitons include appearances with Fortas Chamber Music and Mason Bates KC Jukebox series at the John F. Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Jackson Hole Chamber Music, Garth Newel Music Center, the Odeon Chamber Series, the Strathmore Mansion, the White House, and the American Embassy in Madrid, as well as on radio stations WGMS, WETA, and WGBH. Her discography includes performances with the 21st Century Consort and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Young has also enjoyed occasional forays into new arenas, collaborating with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, movie producer Bill McKenna, songwriter Randy Barrett, and saxophonist Al Regni.

Rachel Young was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She began studying music at the age of four and quickly knew she wanted to become a cellist. In high school, Young trained in the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, studying with Principal Cellist David Hardy. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Laurence Lesser, and her master's degree in cello performance with Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England, where she studied with William Pleeth. Young is a teaching artist with the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship and Summer Music Institute programs as well as a private studio of young cellists. She serves on the boards of the Kindler Cello Society and the 21st Century Consort. A resident of Maryland, Young shares a house with husband and chamber music collaborator, bassist Anthony Manzo, two teenagers, 3 cats, and a pandemic mouse named Moose.

Rachel Young
The Last Stand Quartet and cello sectional coach