William J. Hollin :: Music Director & Conductor :: Philharmonia Orchestra

Mr. William Hollin is the Music Director and conductor for the PVYO Philharmonia, reassuming the position he held from 1991 – 2004. Now the Lead Instrumental Music Teacher at The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Mr. Hollin leads the school’s Instrumental Music Department of seven full and part-time faculty. Since the school’s inception in 2009, Hollin’s ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings at both District and State Adjudications. Hollin returned to Maryland in 2009 from Montana where he directed the school orchestras for Missoula County (MT) Public Schools at Hellgate High School and Sentinel High School. He was also the conductor and Music Director of the Missoula Youth Symphony, one of the finest Youth Orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Hollin’s Montana groups similarly consistently earned Superior ratings at State Music Festivals, often being singled out for special recognition for their superior level of performance.  Originally from the Washington DC area, Hollin was Director of Instrumental Music at St. John’s College HS, Gaithersburg HS and Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg where he was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2002, and again in 2004. While at Quince Orchard, the school’s Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Band also earned superior ratings every year at District, State, and National adjudications and the marching band was USSBA Class A Maryland State Champion twice. Mr. Hollin often serves as a guest conductor and clinician for both youth and adult honor and community bands and orchestras. He still holds the position of Assistant Conductor of the Missoula City Band, and returns each summer to assume conducting duties there.

Mr. Hollin earned his BS from Towson University and attended Illinois State University on an NSE Scholarship. He received his Master’s degree from The University of Oklahoma where he was Graduate Assistant of Bands assisting with the Marching Band, directing the Concert Band, and leading the Sooner Showmen through the 1983 NCAA tournament. His graduate thesis “The Wilhelmian Marches; The Military Band Music of Richard Strauss.” was later cited with recordings by “The Heritage of the March Society.” He has published arrangements with TRN Music.

Mr. Hollin is an active French horn player, is a history buff and enjoys spending musical time with his family. His wife Robin teaches Health Occupations for Washington County Schools and his sons Michael (French horn at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music) and Joshua (string bass at Barbara Ingram), also maintain active musical lives.


Rob Dahlin :: Conductor :: Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Dahlin is in his third season directing the PVYO Symphony, returning to the symphony after directing the PVYO Concert Band for several seasons.  This is Mr. Dahlin’s fourteenth year with PVYO, 11 years with the Symphony and three with the Concert Band.

Robert Dahlin is the instrumental music teacher at the new Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg MD.  During his tenure with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Mr. Dahlin has conducted award-winning string orchestras, concert bands, and jazz ensembles.  Mr. Dahlin’s students consistently earn superior ratings at local, state, and regional music festivals.  His students consistently earn first place and best overall ensemble awards for each of his performing groups at Music in the Parks Festivals.  In the MCPS system, Mr. Dahlin has also taught at Hoover Middle School, Westland Middle School and Ridgeview Middle School.  Mr. Dahlin has had the honor of conducting the MCPS County Honors Band many times during his career with MCPS

Mr. Dahlin was awarded the Marion Greenblatt Excellence in Education Award in 2006 and Montgomery County Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007. Mr. Dahlin was also a finalist in the Gazette’s 2010-2011 My Favorite Middle School Teacher competition.

Mr. Dahlin earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from James Madison University and is a local graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland.  Both of his parents are retired MCPS music teachers.

Jennifer Van Petten :: Conductor :: Sinfonia

Mrs. Jennifer Van Petten, a graduate of the University of Maryland, has established herself as one of the premier music educators in the region.  As an instrumental music teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Mrs. Van Petten was the recipient of the Nancy Dworkin Award for “Outstanding Service to Youth” as well as a finalist for the “Agnes Meyer Teaching Award.”  Additionally, Jennifer was a finalist in the 2010-2011 Gazette’s “My Favorite Teacher” award.

Known for her charisma, enthusiasm, energy and attention to musical detail, Mrs. Van Petten has served as conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Strings and Young Artists Orchestra. She has served as conductor of the Montgomery County Junior Honors Orchestra from 2011-2016.  Additionally, Mrs. Van Petten has served as guest conductor and clinician throughout the state of Maryland including the Tri-County Junior Honors Orchestra in Southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County Honors Orchestra and Cecil County All County Orchestra.

After an 11-year tenure as the Instrumental Music Director at Rosa Parks Middle School, Mrs. Van Petten recently took leave to raise her three young children. While at Rosa Parks her bands and orchestras consistently earned superior ratings at both the county and state level.  Additionally, the 2012 Rosa Parks Symphonic Band was featured at the Maryland Music Educators spring conference.  Mrs. Van Petten continues to inspire our region’s young musicians serving as the Sinfonia conductor for the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras. Recently Mrs. Van Petten was added to the National Philharmonic Summer String Institute staff as the director and conductor for the Prep Institute for grades 4-6.

Mrs. Van Petten is an active member of the Maryland Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association.  She has served as Member-at-Large in the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association, as well as an adjudicator for the District and State honors ensembles. She frequently adjudicates regional band and orchestra festivals in Maryland. Additional she is widely sought out as a clinician and mentor to educators throughout the state of Maryland.  She maintains a private studio in Olney, where she resides with her family.

Sylvia Lee :: Conductor :: Concert Orchestra

After graduating in the top five percent of her Seneca Valley High School class, Ms. Lee went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her certification in instrumental music education from the Catholic University of America, studying piano with Walter Pate and violin and viola with Jody Gatwood. Presently, Mrs. Lee is a string and band director at Clearspring Elementary and Candlewood Elementary. She has also been the string director for Cedar Grove, Clarksburg, Damascus, Rockwell, and Little Bennett Elementary Schools. In addition to teaching elementary school, she has served as the John T. Baker Middle School orchestra director for many years. During her years at Baker, Sylvia helped triple the size of Baker’s orchestra program and led her orchestras to superior ratings at district level orchestra festivals nearly every year, superior to excellent ratings at state level orchestra festivals, and first place trophies both times Baker participated in the Music in the Parks festivals. Mrs. Lee co-directs the summer orchestra sight-reading camp at Landon School in Bethesda, where the string camp enrollment has quadrupled over the past nineteen summers.  This January and February, she co-conducted the South County 6th Grade String Orchestra.  Nearly every year since she has started teaching in MCPS, she has co-conducted this ensemble.  She has also co-conducted other MCPS

honors string orchestras at both the junior level and 6th grade level.   Mrs. Lee has also adjudicated various orchestral events throughout Maryland and Virginia, including the Fairfax and Anne Arundel County Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the Columbia Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, and the Maryland All-State Senior Orchestra auditions. Sylvia loves working with children and caring for her own four children.  Three of her children are presently in PVYO.

CONTACT: slee@pvyo.org

Dr Tzu-Ching Tai :: Conductor :: Preparatory Orchestra

Dr. Tzu-Ching Tai is the Director of Orchestras at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  During her tenure at T.C.Williams High School, the orchestras consistently earned superior ratings at the Virginia District Orchestra Assessments. In 2012, the TCW Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra was selected to be part of the Midori Orchestra Residencies Program. This award was truly highlighted by the community. Under the direction of Dr. Tai, the orchestra received multiple awards at the national competitions including Orlandofest in Florida 2012 and 2015, and Music Festival in NYC 2014, in South Carolina 2017, and in Chicago 2018. As a guest artist, Dr. Tai was invited to conduct the All-County Honor Orchestra for Washington County Public Schools.  Dr. Tai has also adjudicated at district, regional, and state honors orchestra auditions in Virginia as well as State Orchestra Festival in Maryland. As a committed music educator, Dr. Tai has worked with students at various educational settings and served on the 2018-2020 ASTA K-12 Committee. Prior to the appointment at T.C. Williams High School, she was the cello instructor at the Hartt Suzuki Institute and the Holton-Arms School, and assistant teacher for string and instrumental methods courses at the University of Maryland. In addition to teaching at schools, Dr. Tai is an active performer. She has been a member of the Prince George’s Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013, and has performed with numerous chamber ensembles in the Washington D.C. region.

Dr. Tai is a graduate of the University of Maryland (Ph.D. in Music Education), University of Hartford, the Hartt School of Music (M.M. in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy), and Chinese Culture University (B.M. in Cello Performance). Her professional affiliations include American String Teachers Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and College Music Society

Terry Alvey :: Conductor :: Wind Ensemble

Terry S. Alvey is the Instrumental Music Director at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.  A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ms. Alvey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and continued her graduate studies at the University of Maryland and Trinity College. She is an active educator, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and performer. Ms. Alvey began her musical career in the D.C. area as a freelance musician and a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet. The quintet performed extensively in the metro area and toured the East Coast.  Performances included the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, and the White House.  Ms. Alvey is now a member of the M Street Brass Quintet a Washington, D.C. based performing ensemble.  Ms. Alvey has been on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, D.C. Youth Orchestras, Montgomery County Youth Orchestras, and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra programs.  During her 28 year teaching career with Montgomery County Public Schools, she has taught at Tilden, North Bethesda, and Hoover Middle Schools. Under her leadership, these school bands and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at both the District and State Band and Orchestra Festivals. She has also acted as an adjudicator for the Prince Georges, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Howard and Baltimore County Band and Orchestra Festivals as well as area’s Solo and Ensemble Festivals.   In addition to her duties at Whitman, Ms. Alvey maintains a private trumpet studio.  Ms. Alvey has been the conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for 16 years, has served as conductor for the Montgomery County Sixth Grade and Junior Honor Bands, as well as the Senior Honors String Orchestra, and was the 2006– 2007 conductor for the Maryland All-State Junior Band.  She is also an active member of the Maryland Band and Orchestra Directors Associations, Music Educators National Conference, and the Jazz Education Network.

CONTACT: talvey@pvyo.org