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Encore Band Director, Takako Mato

Takako Mato received her Bachelor of Music from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and her Master's in Music from Temple University, both in Clarinet Performance. In addition, she earned a Master's in Teaching from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She maintains a private studio in addition to her teaching duties in Charles County Public Schools and the College of Southern Maryland.


CCYO and Encore Strings Director, Anne Marie Patterson

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Prelude Strings Director, Laura Ellison

Mrs. Patterson received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Washington and Lee University, and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education from Florida State University. She has been a member of the York Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and Alexandria Symphony,  and performed with many others. She was a finalist in the Carmel Competition with the Camellia String  Quartet, and performed as soloist with the Pan American Orchestra. She has been a freelance violinist in the Washington, D.C. area for 17 years, and has performed with Midori, Sarah Chang, Leonard Slatkin, Branford Marsalis, Richard Stolzman, and many others. She served as  President of the MD/DC chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and was a presenter at the National ASTA Convention. Locally, she has been a guest conductor for St. Mary's All County Orchestra and adjudicated All State auditions. She has been teaching in Charles County since 2002, and recently won the Outstanding Music Teacher Award from the Maryland Music Educators Association. She currently  teaches at Davis Middle School, and conducts the Charles County Youth Orchestra and Encore Strings.

                                    Laura earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin                                                           performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.,                                                       where she studied with Robert Gerle.  She also studied abroad with                                                                 Denes Zsigmondy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  She has                                                                 performed in orchestras throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area including                                     Annapolis Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Chamber                                    (Philharmonic) Orchestra, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Salisbury Symphony                                             Orchestra (as concertmaster), and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony (as assistant concertmaster). She performed in Carnegie Hall with the Annapolis Chamber Symphony. She has been a member of the International Orchestra in San Diego, CA and the Tijuana Orchestra in Mexico.  As a member of the Catholic University Symphony, she twice met Pope John Paul II during performances at the Vatican in Rome.  Laura is also an educator and has taught on the University level as well as in public and private schools.  She has held positions with Salisbury University as an instructor of violin/viola, chamber music, and string pedagogy. She taught for the Alexandria City Schools as the orchestra director for TC Williams High School, Minnie Howard School, George Washington Middle School, and Alexandria All-City and Sinfonia orchestras.  Her orchestras consistently received superior ratings at the county and state festivals.  She has also taught for the Prince Georges County Schools and held positions with Kenmore Middle School, Benjamin Tasker Middle School, Robert Goddard Middle School, and Greenbelt Middle School.  Currently she is the private violin and viola instructor for Suitland High School Visual and Performing Arts program.

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