Known for her “bold and dramatically characterized playing” (Dallas Morning News), “great artistic sense” and “tone that draws in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted,” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Julietta Curenton has established herself as an educator, soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Ms. Curenton is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.

Curenton’s keen interest in the intersection of the Classical, Jazz and Gospel genres won her the prestigious Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Advancement Award. Additional awards include Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France and prizes in the National Flute Association young artist competition, New York Flute Club young artist competition and Astral Artists’ national auditions.

Ms. Curenton has made several solo guest appearances with The National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Institute Orchestra and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and has participated in music festivals spanning the globe including the Shanghai Contemporary Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Dallas Chamber Music Society, Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, among others.

Ms. Curenton’s solo pursuits include commissioning women and African American composers to write new, innovative and accessible works for the flute some of which have been featured on New York's WQXR Young Artists Showcase and Philadelphia's WRTI's Performance Studio. Curenton's highly anticipated debut album entitled "Harambee: The Power of Sisterhood” was released in 2021.

Julietta Curenton
Winds/brass/percussion coach

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
Member of NSO and viola 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.

Sarah Marie Hughes
Conduction Workshop Coach, Improvisation and Art Enrichment

Peiming Lin joined the National Symphony Orchestra in September 2019. He was previously the associate principal second violin of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra but he played as acting principal second violin during his time there. He has also been a member of the New World Symphony and was a substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to serving as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and its self-conducted Chamber Orchestra, he has been the assistant principal second violin of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.

He has performed in festivals including New York String Seminar, Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Tanglewood Music Center. As a chamber musician, he has received mentorship from members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Concord, Guarneri, and Juilliard quartets.

A native of Troy, Michigan, Lin received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and spent his final semester abroad studying with Sylvie Gazeau at the Conservatoire de Paris. He holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied under former Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Malcolm Lowe. Other notable musical influences include Sylvia Rosenberg, Almita Vamos, and Sally Thomas.

Peiming Lin
Member of NSO

Larisa Marian’s biggest joy is to create meaningful learning communities with her students. Mrs. Marian graduated Cum Laude from George Mason University’s Bachelor of Music Education program, where she studied violin with Dr. Laura Kobayashi and Dr. Elizabeth Adams. She is pursuing her Masters in Music Education from George Mason University.

Mrs. Marian was awarded the Virginia American Strings Teachers Association Outstanding New Strings/Orchestra Teacher Award for the year 2016-2017. She presented at the VMEA Conference in November 2019. She received the George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship to attend the American Strings Teachers Association Conference in March 2017, and a scholarship to attend the Bornoff Pedagogy Workshop in June 2017. In 2016 she received the PTA Teacher Recognition at Woodburn ES in 2016. During the summers, Mrs. Marian’s work has included: the Paul Rolland Kids on the Move Camp, Annandale Strings Camp, Future Music Educators Camp, and creating and directing the Woodburn Strings Camp. Mrs. Marian has taught for 6 years in Fairfax County Public Schools, before moving to Loudoun County, in which she now is the director of the Tuscarora High School Orchestra Program.  

Mrs. Marian’s two passions are pedagogy and community. She holds certifications in Paul Rolland pedagogy Levels 1,2, and 3; as well as certifications in Orff Schulwerk Level 1 and Bornoff Pedagogy Level 1. Her philosophy of music education is to build collaborative, dynamic music environments where students can be unafraid to make music. A native from Romania, she remains engaged with the Romanian community in DC. She helps with the musical activities of the Sunday School of Holy Cross Church in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her violin and guitar, exploring alternative musical styles, and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

Larisa Marian
Violin/viola sectional coach and 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

Lesole Z. Maine, Artistic Director, Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer was born in Sebokeng, South Africa, a small township, just outside of Johannesburg. A place of rich cultural diversity, Sebokeng inspired Maine’s love for dance and his appreciation for the many ethnic customs surrounding him. During Apartheid, Maine studied Ballroom and Latin American Dance, and received several community awards for outstanding performances in competition. In 1996 he received a scholarship to study with the Johannesburg-based Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MID) “Community Dance Teachers Training Course” (CDTTC), where he trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Afro-fusion, Modern, Ballet, Jive, Hip-Hop, and Traditional African dance. After graduating in 1997, Maine was offered a position as a dancer and teacher with the Moving Into Dance Company (MID). 

Maine performed with MID for 5 years, in pieces by such acclaimed artists as Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe, Gregory Maqoma and Themba Nkabinde. He has also worked with internationally recognized choreographers and companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; South Africans Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe, Sylvia Glasser, Gregory Maqoma and Jackie Semela; Michel Kelemenis from France; and Canadian artist Joe Laughlin. Maine has toured internationally both in performance and delivering workshops in Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Jordan, Lesotho, Malaysia, Nigeria, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States.

In 2002 Maine moved to the United States where he has contributed to several performing arts projects. He was a resident instructor for the Kuumba Ensemble Heritage House Community Theater and a guest lecturer/resident teaching master classes at University of Colorado, Community College of Baltimore County, and (guest teacher at ACDFA 2008) Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. 

In 2002 and 2003, Maine received a grant from the Washington Post to teach South African dance to students in the Montgomery County Public Schools system, where he emphasized cultural awareness and leadership skills to encourage academic achievement. Lesole also performed with the University of Maryland-based choreographer Alvin Mayes and Nejla Yatkin at Dance Place and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. 

Maine was a MetroDC Dance Awards nominee in 2006 for Emerging Choreographer, 2007 for Outstanding Individual Performance and 2007 Award winner for Emerging Choreographer. In 2007, Maine also performed with the Association Noa/Company Vincent Mantsoe for Men-Jaro, where the Company had a 2-month, 12 City tour throughout the USA and Canada.

Lesole Maine
African Drumming

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
Member of NSO and violin sectional coach

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
Member of NSO and cello sectional coach