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Staff Profiles

Latoya Lamons

Latoya Lamons

Concert Orchestra Conductor

Latoya Lamons received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied violin with Dr. Rachel Vetter Huang and viola with Michelle Lacourse and her Master of Music degree in conducting with Professor Anthony Maeillo at George Mason University. She has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, Mount Vernon Orchestra, and the BESK quartet. She currently performs viola with the Dolce Quartet in Northern Virginia.

Ms. Lamons is currently the director of orchestras at South County High School and Laurel Hill Elementary. She was the first director of the orchestra program at South County Secondary School from 2005 – 2009. She left South County for a brief time and returned to Carl Sandburg Middle School from 2009-2013 where she was the director from 1997 – 2005! Her orchestras have received consistent superior ratings at District Orchestra Assessments and other festivals taking place in Williamsburg, VA and Hershey, Pennsylvania as well.

Ms. Lamons is a frequent adjudicator and guest clinician in Virginia and the surrounding states.

Ms. Lamons resides in Springfield, VA and enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and being with friends and family.

Lisa Kline

Lisa Kline

Preparatory Orchestra Conductor

Lisa Kline attended James Madison University and Bridgewater College (Virginia), where she graduated with a degree in music. She received her primary Suzuki training from William Starr and Ronda Cole. Currently, she is the Orchestra Director at Gainesville Middle School in Prince William County. She has taught strings in Fauquier County and at the Prince George's County Magnet School for the Performing Arts, where she developed the first Suzuki Violin Program in that county's public school system. Mrs. Kline also maintained a private Suzuki violin studio for ten years. She has performed as a member of the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the Prince George's Philharmonic Orchestra. Mrs. Kline has served as an adjudicator for various Solo & Ensemble Festivals and as a guest conductor for the Shenandoah Junior All-County Orchestra. Her musical education also includes training in Paul Rolland String Pedagogy from George Mason University. Additionally, she is the proud parent of a YOPW player!

Andrew Lisowski

Andrew Lisowski

Repertory Orchestra Conductor

Andrew (Drew) Lisowski is the orchestra director at Falls Church High School and the assistant director at Luther Jackson Middle School. During his time at Falls Church HS the program has doubled in student enrollment and an additional orchestra was added to the program. His ensembles have been consistently rated superior at state orchestra assessments and national competitions.

Mr. Lisowski graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He studied with Akemi Takayama and Doris Lederer. Mr. Lisowski was named the Presser Scholar for the 2010 academic school year, an award given to an outstanding junior at the conservatory. In 2008, he attended the international Carl Nielsen Masterclass in Assens, Denmark where he sat principal 2nd violin.

In 2012, Mr. Lisowski was nominated for the FCPS Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award. He was also featured on Apple 21's Insight program for his work at Falls Church High School. Mr. Lisowski has presented at the Virginia Music Educator's Association In-Service Conference and at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education. In 2016, he was invited to guest conduct the Alexandria City Public School's 7th Grade Honor Orchestra.

In addition to his teaching duties at Falls Church, Mr. Lisowski joined the artistic staff of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William in 2013 as the Primo Conductor. For the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Lisowski will be the Repertory Orchestra conductor. Mr. Lisowski also worked with the McLean Youth Orchestra from 2007-2013. During his time with the McLean Youth Orchestra, he has served as a sectional coach, rehearsal conductor, and conductor.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, Bones and Peanut.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Primo Orchestra Conductor

Mr. Brian Smith has been teaching in the Virginia public school system for the last 27 years. He has received his bachelors and masters of music degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory and Baylor University respectively, along with working on a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University. His wife, Valerie works in the Fauquier County school system. They have 2 sons Garrett, 22 and Brock, 20.

Mr. Smith has performed with many professional orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States, including a performance with the Baton Rouge Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has also performed at such music festivals as the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Ruidoso String Workshop, in New Mexico and the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught on the collegiate level at both Shenandoah University and Mary Washington University.

For the last 16 years, Mr. Smith' groups from Osbourn Park High School have performed quite extensively in the US and Europe. They have appeared in the World Projects Music Festival at the Kennedy Center (2009) in Washington D.C., the Edinburgh Easter Festival (2005) in Scotland, and the VMEA Conference (2007) in Norfolk, Virginia, and most recently, members of the OP Chamber Ensemble performed at the prestigious St Paul’s Catholic Church in downtw?n New York City in February 2015.

Mr. Smith has also adjudicated and conducted a variety of orchestra assessment and all-county events in the region, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.

Claudia Morales

Claudia Morales

Executive Director and Ex Officio member of the Board

The Board of Directors of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William is pleased to welcome CLAUDIA MORALES as our new Executive Director. Mrs. Morales joins YOPW after serving as the Managing Director of The Metropolitan Chorus in Arlington, Virginia for four years. She worked with Music Director and Conductor Maestro, Barry Hemphill nurturing a vibrant organization that is part of an exciting matrix of partnerships and collaborations that include joined works with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, McLean Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and the annual collaboration with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for the traditional Annual Messiah Sing-Along.

Previously, Mrs. Morales served as Theater Manager at the Lisner Auditorium for four years. In that role, she worked with an incredible team presenting talented musicians from around the globe, in addition to local community groups that represent the cultural diversity of the D.C. metro area. Currently, Mrs. Morales serves as Concert Manager Consultant for the Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Sackler Gallery.

Mrs. Morales brings to YOPW her vision for arts education. She is passionate about the role that music education plays in the community, and the impact that this has in people's lives, especially the youth. She believes that access to the arts should be for all members of the community.

Mrs. Morales holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the Catholic University of Lima, Peru. In addition, she holds a Master in Arts Management from the George Mason University. Mrs. Morales also holds a Certificate in Events Management from the School of Business of the George Washington University.

Mrs. Morales lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Alex, her six year old son, Mayu, and her three year old daughter, Nayra. She enjoys being an active and involved mom, and when she is not working or driving her kids around, she enjoys cooking, baking, running, camping, hiking and traveling with her family. We are excited to have Mrs. Morales join our YOPW family.

Tim Laughlin

Tim Laughlin

Interim Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Tim Laughlin, a native of Pennsylvania, has recently held positions as the Founder and Music Director of ensemble ad|hoc and Assistant Conductor with the Orchestre Les Concerts Lalo du Conservatoire de Lille. Laughlin recently returned to the United States from Lille, France, where he was a professor at l'Université Catholique de Lille and studied under Jean Sébastien-Béreau at the Conservatoire de Lille. As Founder and Music Director of ensemble ad|hoc, he and soprano Mary-Beth Brooks recently organized a highly-acclaimed and benefit concert in the Lille Cathedral for Téléthon, aiding in the fight against ALS. In and around the northern France area, he has also performed and conducted with l'Orchestre Les Concerts Lalo du Conservatoire de Lille, l'Orchestre Universitaire de Lille, and l'Orchestre La Folia, among others.

Laughlin graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Jerry Junkin and, principally, Gerhardt Zimmermann. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Composition from Syracuse University along with additional honors and study in music history, horn performance, and conducting. Additionally, he intensely studied French and Italian, and in 2008 he was selected for study at Le Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France, studying composition, horn, and music history with Mark André, Kevin Cleary, and Dr. Rudolf Weber, respectively.

While at the University of Texas, Laughlin was the Music Director of the UT University Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the UT Symphony Orchestra, and the inaugural Principal Conductor of the Engineering Chamber Orchestra (EChO). At Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, he held positions as Cover Conductor for the Syracuse Youth Orchestra under Dr. James Tapia and as Assistant Conductor of both the Setnor Brass Ensemble and the Syracuse Contemporary Directions Ensemble under Dr. James Welsch. He also assisted the Cornell University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras under the instruction of Chris Kim. Laughlin was the Music Director and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Liverpool, New York, for three years and also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician until his departure from the Syracuse area for the decidedly warmer climes of Austin, Texas.

In Austin, Laughlin also served as Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra under Peter Bay and Managing Director of the Round Rock Symphony. He can most recently be heard with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio Symphonies as the soundtrack conductor for Terrence Malick’s film To the Wonder. He also found time to indulge his hobby, working as an EMT/EMD for Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services and St. David's South Austin Medical Center.

In 2010, Laughlin attended the Medomak Conductors Retreat in Maine, studying under Kenneth Kiesler et al., and in 2012 he attended the International Conducting Workshop and Festival with the Bohsulav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlin, Czech Republic, studying under Benjamin Loeb, Donald Schleicher, and Larry Rachleff.

Laughlin has recently competed in a number of international conducting competitions, including the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Competition, the inaugural International Opera Conducting Competition of l'Opéra Royal de Liège-Wallonie, and twice with the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, where in 2015 he received an honorable mention from the preselection jury.

Laughlin is the organist at St. Catherine Labouré Church in Wheaton, Maryland, and continues to freelance as an adjudicator, educator, arranger/orchestrator, organist/pianist, and conductor. He currently lives in Washington, DC.