Katherine Colburn- Academy Director/Cello Faculty
Mrs. Colburn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Miami in 1997, and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from George Mason University in 2009. She has been a cellist with the Prince William Symphony, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, and Ash Lawn Highland Opera and currently serves as Associate Principal cello of the National String Symphonia. Mrs. Colburn was a founding member of the Manassas String Quartet in 2013. She was an orchestra director in Prince William County for 9 years and taught both middle and high school orchestras. She resides in Manassas with her husband and twin girls.
Mrs. Colburn’s past teachers included Loran Stephenson (National Symphony Orchestra), Ross Harbaugh (Bergonzi Quartet), and Neil Cary (Principal, Richmond Symphony).
Christopher Dixon- Violin Faculty
Christopher Dixon graduated with his Bachelors of Music in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 2007, having studied violin and viola with Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez. Mr. Dixon has played violin professionally with several ensembles in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and the St. Charles String Quartet. Mr. Dixon is currently the Principal 2nd Violinist and Personnel Coordinator of the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra in Woodbridge, VA. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Mr. Dixon also teaches private violin and viola lessons. He is the orchestra director at Mary F. Williams, River Oaks, and Kerrydale Elementary Schools in Prince William County, Virginia.
Veronica Sharpe- Violin Faculty
Veronica Sharpe graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music education in 2014. As a classical violinist, she has played numerous solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, and has performed with artists such as Kansas, Denyce Graves, and Patti LuPone. Ms. Sharpe has developed a broad performance portfolio, performing classical violin as well as fiddle. She has studied fiddle techniques with Julie Lyonn Lieberman and Darol Anger. Currently, Ms. Sharpe is a first violinist in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Manassas String Quartet, as well as an orchestra teacher in Prince William County.
Ms. Sharpes' past teachers were Wanchi Huang, (professor of violin-JMU) and Vernon Summers (National Symphony Orchestra).
Jennifer Bockstege- Viola/Violin Faculty
Ms. Bockstege received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Hope College in 2009. She received both her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance and Post Masters Certificate in Viola Performance from DePaul University respectively in 2011 and 2013. She has played with the Muskegon Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Fringe Opera, as well as the contemporary ensemble “20+.” Since moving to the Washington D.C. area last year she has played with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (a self-conducted ensemble), the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington and the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Bockstege has taught private viola lessons, as well as elementary and high school string orchestras in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Ms. Bockstege’s past teachers include Susan Bearden (Principal, Brevard Symphony Orchestra), Carey Moorman (Concertmaster, Space Coast Symphony), Barbara Corbato (Principal, Grand Rapids Symphony), Richard Piippo (Principal, Detroit Symphony), Michael Lewanski (Depaul University) and Rami Solomonov (principal, Lyric Opera of Chicago).
Tzu-Hsin Hsiao (Sheen)- Piano Faculty
Ms. Sheen earned her undergraduate degree in Music (piano performance) from George Mason University. She is currently earning her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis to further her knowledge to tutor autistic and kids with special needs. Ms. Sheen is currently a Piano Guild's adjudicator for their annual music exam.