Repertory Orchestra Conductor
Phaedra Long graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School with a Bachelor of Music degree and graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Prior to receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Long studied viola performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers and mentors include Kathleen Goodrich, James Kjelland, Teri Einfeldt, and James Dunham.
Ms. Long started her teaching career in Fairfax County Public Schools in 2001. In addition, she was a member of the string faculty at The Levine School of Music as a violin and viola instructor from 2001-2004. Ms. Long became the Orchestra Director at Luther Jackson Middle School in 2010. Under her baton, the Luther Jackson Middle School Orchestras have consistently received Superior ratings at District Orchestra State Assessment and national music festivals in Virginia and Pennsylvania. In November 2012, Ms. Long’s Chamber Orchestra performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia. Ms. Long has also had the distinct honor of conducting the Stafford All-County Orchestra, the District IV Junior Regional Orchestra in Suffolk, Virginia, the Alexandria City Honors Orchestra, the Spotsylvania All-County Orchestra, Shenandoah All-County Orchestra, and conducting at the Spring Strings Thing at James Madison University. She has served as an adjudicator for the District Orchestra Assessment in Prince William County and the Solo and Ensemble Festivals in Fairfax County.
Ms. Long joined the distinguished staff of The Youth Orchestras of Prince William as the Primo Orchestra Director in 2010 and currently conducts the Repertory Orchestra. In addition to her full time teaching responsibilities, Ms. Long is a freelance violist in the Greater Washington DC area.