PLAYER REPRESENTATIVES

Flutist Ashley Bowen-Sanchez is an active freelance musician in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Currently, Ashley is a member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). She began her flute studies with Wendy Webb Kumer, then continued with George Pope, Mary Kay Robinson, and Walfrid Kujala. Ashley holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Akron (B.M) and Northwestern University (M.M.).

Ashley Bowen-Sanchez

Catherine Palusci has been a violist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 1999, with a five-year hiatus to Texas. She has served as a Board member for the last two years.

Loving every minute of her beginner orchestra in the public school system in Plano, Texas, she eventually moved on to viola to fill its need, for the last 35 years. While in Texas, she performed in the Allen Philharmonic for six seasons. In addition to performing with the LSO, she also plays viola in the ProArte Chamber Orchestra (PACO) of Greater Washington DC, and the DC Strings Workshop. She enjoys being a part of the worship team at her church, King’s Cross.

Catherine happily calls Ashburn her home, where she maintains a private viola and violin studio. She also enjoys providing sectional instruction for young string players of various levels throughout Loudoun County schools.

Among her favorite company is her husband JP, son Gabriel, daughter Daniela, and their cat Leo.

Catherine Palusci

Melissa Riley joined the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra viola section in March 2020, and joined the LSA Board of Directors as a player representative in December 2021.

Beginning in the Chesapeake Public School system, Melissa began playing the Viola in 5th grade at Crestwood Intermediate School. Music quickly became her passion, and she continued to pursue music during her education.

Melissa attended Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA 2009-2012, and the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA 2010-2012. During these years, she participated in several All-City Orchestra, Sr. Regional Orchestra, and All-State Orchestra events, in addition to her school orchestra ensembles. She performed in the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2009-2011. Melissa had the privilege to perform on the stage of Carnegie Hall twice during her senior year of high school, performing the viola solo of Edvard Grieg’s Rigaudon from the Holberg Suite, Op. 40.

For college education, Melissa attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA 2012-2016, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Business. She had many highlights during her college music career, including masterclasses with Kazuhide Isomura, violist of the Tokyo String Quartet; and Roberto Díaz, violist and president of the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2014, she was selected to perform at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. During that time, she had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass with Robert Vernon, principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Melissa has had the privilege of studying under many esteemed musicians, including: Xuan Lin, Anastasia Migliozzi, and Simon Lapointe of the Virginia Symphony 2009-2012; Daniel Reinker, principal violist of the Nashville Symphony 2014; and Molly Sharp, principal violist of the Richmond Symphony 2012-2016.

She would like to thank Molly Sharp for providing her professional and personal growth, unwavering support, and continuously setting the example to become a better human. She appreciates her musical and human expertise, and continued friendship.

Currently residing in Sterling, VA with her spouse, Jack, and cat, Gretchen AKA Princess Squirrel Butt, Melissa enjoys playing music, reading, and spending time outdoors in nature during her free time. Her favorite pieces of music are: Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius; Daphnis Et Chloé, Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel; and Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev.

Melissa Riley

Raelene Wagoner has been a First Violinist of the LSO for over 20 years and has served as a Board member of the Loudoun Symphony for the past four years.

Wagoner is Vice President, Talent Management at Unison. She has over 25 years of experience in technology firms as an HR executive, consulting delivery leader, and engineer. She has led the HR components of several mergers and acquisitions, as well as international experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Before joining CVP, Raelene spent 7 years as the HR executive in Mantas, a software company, and over 12 years at SRA International as a consulting delivery leader.

Raelene holds a BS in Computer Science and a Music minor from the College of William and Mary. Raelene is a Trustee on the William and Mary Foundation and former Board member of the William and Mary Career Center Employer Advisory Board.

Raelene Wagoner