Rappahannock Youth Symphony

Professional Staff  

 Rebekah Noë, Executive Director  

Rebekah Noë, a native of northern Virginia, currently resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, Aaron, where, in addition to serving as Executive Director of RYS, she teaches cello, voice and piano in the greater Fredericksburg area. She is passionate about excellence in music education, and thrilled to be a part of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony, and the vision to foster a lifelong love of music in each student who participates.


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!

Tom McDonald, Conductor, Repertory Orchestra 

Tom McDonald is a native of Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. He is currently the orchestra director at Mountain View High School and Drew Middle School in Stafford County. Previously, he taught at Shirley Heim Middle School, also in Stafford, and at various elementary, middle, and high schools in Williamsport and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Tom performs frequently in the area on cello and bass, and teaches a handful of private lessons. When he's not performing, conducting, or teaching, you can find him fixing his slice on a golf course or suffering through Philadelphia sports seasons.

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.

 Aaron Noë performs, teaches and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his beautiful wife, Rebekah, his two beautiful daughters and a schnauzer named Satchmo.


John Welsh - President 

This season marks John's first year as President of the RYS. John retired from the Navy in 2007 after 20+ years of service. John currently works for the Department of the Navy as Branch Engineer for the Strategic Systems Programs SSBN/SSGN Operations, Evaluation and Training Branch where he has overall responsibilities for budget generation and execution among other duties. John holds bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science and holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His daughter Erin plays the violin for RYS and is an accomplished pianist and intends to pursue a career in classical music. John played Trumpet, French horn and Tuba in high school and intends to pursue learning classical guitar in his spare time. John is also an accomplished photographer whose works can be found on numerous web sites.


Annamarie Bollino, Vice President

Annamarie currently serves as the Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator for Stafford County Public Schools where she works with over 100 music, visual art, and drama teachers while overseeing all arts programs. She holds a Bachelor in Music Education from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree from George Mason University, and is finishing an Administration and Supervision endorsement from Virginia Commonwealth University. Annamarie has experience working with students Pre-K through the graduate level, including music education majors at American University, George Mason University, and Randolph-Macon College. In her free time, she co-directs the Stafford Regional Children’s Choir, a performing ensemble open to children ages 8-11. As a former member of a youth symphony, Annamarie understands the significant outlet RYS provides for many young musicians and wishes to further nurture and grow RYS as a leading organization in the region. 

Teresa McCrossin, Secretary 

Teresa McCrossin is a clinical psychotherapist, with nearly thirty years of experience, 13 with her own practice in Fredericksburg.  Teresa completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington.  She holds a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Social Work.  Her youngest daughter has been playing Suzuki violin for nearly six years, now playing violin for the RYS, and her eldest daughter plays cello in her school orchestra.

Paul Rawlins, Board Member

Paul is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of Miami in 1968 with a major in Music Theory/Composition. His major professors were Clifton Williams and Alfred Reed. He backed Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret and a myriad of headliners when Miami Beach was the "Las Vegas of the East," and appeared in Las Vegas and the state fair circuit with The Impact of Brass. He toured with his group Shadberry Street for six years, playing resorts across the U. S., Acapulco and Europe.

Paul retired from the USAF Band, Washington, D.C. in 1993 after a career as Bass Trombonist and Arranger for the Air Force's Premier Jazz Ensemble, The Airmen of Note, and the USAF Ceremonial Brass. He taught brass instruments and guitar privately while still on active duty. After retirement Paul toured with U2, Pia Zadora, Bud Forrest and In the Mood, Hanson, Michael Crawford and performed with his duo, Driftwood, on board the cruise ship Norway. When life "on the road" no longer was viable, Paul came home to Fredericksburg where he is actively teaching and performing with several organizations.

James Breakiron, Board Member

Dr. Pamela Johnson-Hood, Board Member

Pamela Johnson-Hood, AKA "PJ" is a clinical psychologist and a minister. PJ underscores the value of education.She achieved an earned Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology. She also completed a Masters of Public Health degree, in chronic disease epidemiology, from Yale University. She is a United States Air Force veteran, having served honorably both stateside and overseas. PJ is also the proud wife of a veteran, career military officer. She is the loving mother of four children, two of whom are in the Rappahannock Youth Symphony (RYS).

Dr. Johnson-Hood realizes that gaining instruction in music holds numerous benefits for a child's developing brain. Therefore, it is her desire to see RYS continue to grow, offering unique opportunities for children to learn, enjoy musical express, and perform together as a premier youth group, within our community.

Lance Roeske, Board Member

Lance has been a high school English teacher, a program manager for various defense agencies and volunteers in many area youth organizations. He is very involved in his children's lives and is a huge lover of the strings.