STEPHANIE SIMS FLACK (President), violinist and teacher, enjoys a busy performing schedule as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician in the Washington DC metro area. Beginning in 2021, Stephanie is excited to be serving as Assistant Concertmaster, Artist Liaison and Co-Founder of the new ensemble Paragon Philharmonia. A first violinist with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO), she has had the opportunity to travel to the 2018 International Tango Festival in Medellin, Colombia where PASO was the only US orchestra invited. Orchestral engagements have included the Cambridge (England) Philharmonic, Ely Sinfonia (Leader), Arizona Opera and Baton Rouge Symphony and she has performed with the American Pops Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Washington National Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Concert Opera among others.
In demand nationally and internationally as a workshop clinician and performer, Stephanie is Co-Director of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and has taught at the Bristol Suzuki Workshop in England, Phoenix Phest in Michigan, Inside Music Academy, based in Oregon, and Tamarack Arts in New York. She has directed and performed on tours to England, Italy, Austria and Germany with Washington Preludio and looks forward to continuing to travel, teach and perform overseas in the coming years. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Louisiana State University and Master of Arts degree from Indiana University with continuing education at the bi-annual Starling-Delay Juilliard Symposium on violin studies in New York. Stephanie maintains a private violin studio at her home in Alexandria, Virginia where she resides with husband, Sean, daughters, Emily and Shannon and their four dogs, Toby, Winnie, Bandit and Pepper.
ZOE YANG (Treasurer) is a manager/CPA in the DC area. Her prior roles include serving as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and technical accounting expert at Ernst and Young (EY). She has also worked at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra assisting with their Academy program and institutional givings. Zoe holds degrees in accounting and music performance from Case Western Reserve University and the joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to being one of our violinists, she brings grant writing, nonprofit management and accounting experience to our organization.
JEFF WARD (Secretary, Webmaster) is a freelance bassoon and contrabassoon player in the DC area and currently teaches K - 6 General Music and Chorus at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance/Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has appeared with many local musical groups, including the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera, Washington Ballet, the US Air Force Band, Cathedral Choral Society and many others.
CRAIG TEER (Board Member, Operations Administrator) considers himself a retired music educator having taught K-college. For over three decades he has served as a stage manger for numerous choruses and orchestras including such ensembles as Eclipse Chamber Orchestra (NSO musicians) and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (BSO musicians). Craig also owns an orchestra and chorus equipment rental company. He also serves as Music Director for Kensington Baptist Church. Craig is a beekeeper and often has a camera in hand.
Maya Weil (Board Member) is a freelance violinist and teacher performing in several orchestras and chamber music groups in the DC metro-area. She is also the Gift Planning Specialist at Arena Stage and a planned giving consultant for a number of performing arts organizations. For 12 years, she managed the planned giving programs at the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. Prior to that, Maya was an investment banker in London at AIG Financial Products, Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets and Creditanstalt-Bankverein. She serves on a number of boards including Signature Theatre, AlpenKammerMusic, and the National Capital Gift Planning Council. She is a member of the DC Estate Planning Council and holds a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation. Maya earned a B.M. in Violin Performance and B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and Conservatory.