Meet the Artistic Staff

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Jon Eising :: Conductor :: Concert Band

Jon Eising is the Instrumental Music Department Chair at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Blake is home to the Signature Program for the Arts and Humanities for Montgomery County Public Schools. While there, Mr. Eising’s ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at both band and orchestra festivals and he has led The Roaring Bengals Marching Band all over the country to perform at premiere parades, bowl games, and competitions. Mr. Eising received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The University of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in French Horn...

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Ceylon Mitchell II :: Conductor :: Flute Choir

Ceylon Narvelle Mitchell II is a professional flutist, arts entrepreneur, educator, and arts advocate in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska and a graduate of East Anchorage High School, he earned a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University and a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Maryland, in addition to a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism. Ceylon will continue his education in the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) flute program at the University of Maryland with Dr. Sarah Frisof in Fall 2019. Recent...

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Jennifer Mitchell :: Conductor :: Clarinet Choir

Ms. Jennifer Mitchell joined PVYO in 2008 as Clarinet Choir Conductor and accepted the position of PVYO Executive Director in May of 2009. Ms. Mitchell graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Memphis. As a graduate assistant, Jennifer conducted the Varsity Band, assisted with the “Mighty Sound of the South” Marching Band, directed the Lady Tiger Pep Band and performed with the University Orchestra. While living in Memphis, Jennifer was a woodwind faculty...

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