Rappahannock Summer Music Camp

Join us for our 15th Season!

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.    

Angeli Leong (Locust Grove), Counselor

Angeli Leong is a percussionist from Locust Grove, Virginia. Her first love was with violin, but then found herself in mallet percussion. Angeli did pit/frontline for all four years of high school. During the last two years at Riverbend, she picked up four-mallet playing and pursues it to this day. Marching band had been a big part of her life, and she continues to participate in the Lancer Stampede Pep Band of Longwood University. Previously, Angeli performed in Riverbend High School's pit orchestras for "Shrek: The Musical", "Oklahoma", and "High School Musical". She has also received the Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award upon graduation for outstanding contributions to the band. She has studied under Chris Thomas and Zach Wadsworth. While she doesn't pursue music as a career, she wants to pass on what she knows about percussion to future musicians and leave a positive impact.

Angeli is currently a rising sophomore as a Graphic and Animation Design major at Longwood University.

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

Brendan Shirk, 17, is an oboist from Spotsylvania. He began to play the oboe at the age of 10, and has been playing consistently ever since. He also knows how to play English horn, classical guitar, and piano.

Achievements include playing principal oboe with the North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra three years in a row, 1st chair with the All-District Symphonic Band 4 years in a row, playing with the All-Virginia Concert Band and Symphonic Band multiple times, and, playing principal oboe with the All-Virginia Orchestra in both 2016 and 2017. Brendan currently is a member of FAYM and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (AYP). He has also performed with many notable local groups, such as the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the Mid Atlantic Wind Symphony, and the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brendan is an Oboe Performance Major at Eastman School of Music. 

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.