RSMC 2018 Counselors
Brianna Fiegl (Fredericksburg), Counselor
Brianna Fiegl is a violinist who is entering her junior year at Liberty University. She has been studying violin for about 13 years, and has studied with Ms. Katie Martino, Mr. William Wassum, and Dr. Yevgeniy Dovgalyuk. During high school Brianna participated in many different ensembles including Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the NCV Regional Orchestras, and the All-Virginia Orchestra. In 2017 in her senior year of high school she placed first in the ArtsLive! Young Artist Competition. While at Liberty, Brianna plays in the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, and she is excited to be a part of RSMC as a counselor this summer.
Robert Leong (Locust Grove), Counselor
Rob Leong is a multi-instrumentalist (with a focus on Violin and Viola) from Locust Grove, Virginia. Music has been a part of his life for about 8 years and has studied under Bill Wassum, Daniel Crook, John-Rine Zabanal, Diego Gabete, Phillip Ducreay, Lauretta Werner, and Robert Schiavinato. He has participated in many ensembles throughout the area. These include the Spotsylvania All-County Orchestra, the NCV Regional Orchestra, The Virginia Medical Music Ensemble, The Mid-Atlantic Invitational, The Rappahannock Youth Symphony, and the Rappahannock POPs Orchestra. Throughout the years, he has been under the baton of Dennis Layendecker, Terry Austin, Victor Wahby, Jan Wagner, Rebecca Jilcott, Robert McCashin, Armenio Suzano, Russel Robinson, Lawrence Loh, and, currently, Dr. Mitchell Arnold.
Rob is currently a senior at West Virginia University studying Violin Performance. He participates in various chamber ensembles, the Morgantown Community Orchestra, and the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra. He is the 2nd violinist of the Prometheus String Quartet, and undergraduate string ensemble at West Virginia University. Together, they competed in the national round of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) competition, placing 5th, and the CHamp series competition at WVU. They have also been on tour through West Virginia and have done educational outreach programs throughout the Morgantown Area.
Rob currently studies Violin under Dr. Mikylah Myers, Viola under Professor Andrea Houde, Double Bass under Dr. Andrew Kohn, Piano under Anthony Gray, and Conducting under both Dr. Mitchell Arnold and Dr. Kym Scott.
Brendan Shirk (Spotsylvania), Counselor
Melissa Snell (King George), Counselor
Melissa Snell is a violist entering her junior year studying String Performance at Liberty University. She has been playing viola for 7 years and has studied with Mrs. Lisa Maroney, Ms. Nancy Thomas, and Dr. Luca Trombetta. Throughout high school, Melissa participated in Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic, NCV Regional Orchestra, and All-Virginia Orchestra. She placed first in the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts Young Artist Competition her senior year of high school. During her time at Liberty, she has served as principal and assistant principal of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Liberty Honors String Quartet, which placed alternate in this year’s Southern MTNA Chamber Music String Competition. Melissa has participated in RSMC twice before and is excited to return as a counselor this year!
Sara Zhu (Falls Church), Counselor
Sara Zhu is a flutist and jazz vocalist from Falls Church, Virginia. She is currently a rising junior at James Madison University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Sara has an extensive background in both jazz and classical performance, having been a member of JMU’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Band. Additionally, she regularly performs with her jazz combo and woodwind quintet and has great fondness for flute choirs, forming the Marshall Flute Choir during her high school career. Her primary teachers include Thomas Perazzoli (ret. Assistant Principal Flute, National Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Beth Chandler, Bob Hallahan, and Dr. Charles Dotas (James Madison University). In addition to performance, Sara is very interested in music administration. She currently works for JMU’s Jazz Studies department as their sole undergraduate assistant, helping run the annual George West Jazz Festival and serving as music librarian for the big bands.