Austin LaPorta, Executive Director
Austin LaPorta is beginning her first year with the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and is a native of Stafford,Virginia. In addition to serving as the Executive Director she is a Program Assistant at Wolf Trap Foundation, the woodwind instructor at Courtland high school, and a private lesson instructor.
Ms. LaPorta completed her undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2015 and is in her first year as a graduate student at George Mason University studying Arts Management. Prior to beginning her graduate program in January 2017, she performed as a guest Clarinetist with two orchestras in Langen, Germany. She continues to perform with Fredericksburg's own Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony and with various ensembles in the area. She is passionate about enriching the lives of students and the community through music education and is looking forward to serving the Rappahannock Youth Symphony!
Katie Martino, Conductor, Primo Orchestra
Katie Martino is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia and loves all food Italian! While in high school, she performed with many local ensembles including with the RYS! Katie graduated from George Mason University with her degree in Music Education where she studied conducting under Maestro Anthony Maiello.
Currently Katie is the orchestra director at Graham Park Middle School and loves teaching and working with the students there. Outside of teaching, she loves to perform with others and has played with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the American Festival Orchestra, and spends her weekends providing music at weddings with her sisters (who play harp and cello). Katie Martino is very excited about working with the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and is thrilled to be working with such dedicated staff and students!
Cindy Ross, Conductor, Repertory Orchestra
Mrs. Ross, a native of New York State, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the Crane School of Music, State University College at Potsdam, N.Y. She has taught in both New York and Virginia, serving as an orchestra director in Stafford County Public Schools for 13 years. Mrs. Ross also has taken numerous courses in Suzuki pedagogy, operating a Suzuki studio in her home for many years. Her specialty is adapting the best qualities of the Suzuki method for the public school/youth orchestra setting. This involves a constant striving for musical excellence, while maintaining a nurturing environment which allows each student to achieve personal growth. She is delighted to begin her tenure with the RYS’s Repertory Orchestra!
Mrs. Ross is the proud mom of one daughter, Catherine, a Suzuki violinist and bio-medical engineer. When not teaching music, Mrs. Ross and her husband enjoy their home and garden, their koi pond, and walking on the canal path in Fredericksburg.
Aaron Noë, Conductor, Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Noë is a conductor, educator, and trumpet player who loves to write and arrange music for his ensembles. A graduate of Greensboro College (NC), he has completed graduate work at the University of South Carolina where he was a Teaching Assistant and holds a Master of Music Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a trumpet player, Aaron Noë has been blessed to have performed with many great musicians including Eric Marienthal and the late, great legend of jazz, James Moody. Mr. Noë has taught trumpet privately and at the collegiate level as well.
Aaron Noë is the founder and conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony (MAWS) in Fredericksburg, VA. MAWS is an invitational wind ensemble comprised of professional musicians from the mid-atlantic region volunteering their time to promote professional-level wind band literature. MAWS is dedicated to the promotion of the finest classical band repertoire through the performance of compositions by modern composers while respecting the rich heritage of the American Wind Ensemble as established by John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony performs three concerts each season in addition to special civic and patriotic events. He performs, teaches and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his beautiful wife, Rebekah, his two beautiful daughters and a schnauzer named Satchmo.