Jason Day is an accomplished musician, instructor, and orchestra leader.
Jason began playing the violin at young age of four. He quickly showed signs of gifted talent, and with the encouragement and support of his family, soon developed into an exceptional musician. During high school he was a member of the American Youth Philharmonic and was a National Symphony Youth Fellow. He further studied under private instruction with Peter Haase and William Haroutounian, both of the National Symphony.
After high school, Jason continued his music studies at Kent State University where he was under the tutelage of Marcia Ferritto, a nationally recognized violinist/violist. While in college he continued his public performance career, winning numerous solo competitions. He graduated from Kent State University with a Violin Performance degree. After graduating, he completed his Suzuki Teacher training with Rhonda Cole.
Returning to the Washington, D.C. area, Jason served as the Assistant Principal Second in the Fairfax Symphony for several years. He also played in the Alexandria Symphony, McLean Symphony and the Washington Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at both the Kennedy Center and the White House.
In addition to his Symphony participation, Jason began his active involvement in the Washington D.C. area music teaching community by serving three years as an Orchestra Director in the Fairfax County School system. In 2001, Jason joined Flint Hill Private School in Oakton, Virginia, and spent 14 years there as the middle and upper school Orchestra Director. He has also served as an Orchestra Instructor at the Franklin Music Camp, and has consistently maintained a private studio of over 30 students. He left his position at Flint Hill in mid-2015 so that he could devote his full time to Day Violins.
Jason comes from a musical family. His father, a violist, played in the United States Army Strings for 30 years and currently teaches violin and viola in a private studio. His mother played flute in the Utah Symphony for many years, and also maintains a private flute studio. His two sisters, a cellist and a flutist, teach orchestra and band in Fairfax County and are also private instructors. They are all members of the Day Family Chamber Players, a highly sought after chamber group that performs on a regular basis in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Jason Day is the father of four children, all musicians. His wife, Jenna, is also active in musical endeavors.
Jason is passionate about his work. His character and integrity has earned him respect among his peers and fellow professionals. His reputation for providing quality instruments to the schools has made an impact on teachers and students alike. Teachers from all over Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington Counties recommend Day Violins to their students.
A recent highlight to Jason’s career was being asked to play a 1709 Stradivarius in a private concert. To a violinist, this instrument represents the highest standard of quality and perfection. Jason was impressed with the reverence this instrument commanded as a rare and valuable piece of musical history. This unique experience has strengthened Jason’s desire to pursue his musical passions, both in performing and providing services to the community through Day Violins.
Aaron Mynes is a string specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools, currently in his sixteenth year as Director of Orchestras at Chantilly High School. Under his direction, the orchestra program grew from one orchestra of 38 students to 144 students in four orchestras. The Chantilly High School Orchestras regularly receive superior ratings at VBODA District XII Orchestra Festival, and superior ratings and first place honors at competitive festivals.
Mr. Mynes graduated as a National Merit Scholar from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, Mr. Mynes studied stringed instrument education under Dr. Louis Bergonzi and the double bass with James Van Demark. Mr. Mynes continued his double bass studies at Duquesne University with Jeffrey Turner, principal double bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Charlotte Day holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Flute from the University of California Santa Barbara, and completed a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University. She has been a member of the Santa Barbara and Utah Symphonies, and is a contract performer in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Day is a certified teacher of the Suzuki Flute Method and was trained by Toshio Takahashi, the creator of the repertoire.
Ms. Day has been teaching with great success in the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years and had the honor of having her students chosen to play in District Bands, All-State Orchestras, All-State Bands, and the National Symphony Youth Fellowship Program.
Steven is a graduate of Brigham Young University in viola performance. He is a retired member of the United States Army Orchestra where he served as principal violist and group leader. He has been the principal violist of the Amadeus Orchestra and currently is a member of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. Steven currently teaches viola and violin in the Alexandria area and is a member of the Day Family Chamber Players.
Bruno Nasta graduated from James Madison University with a Music Performance degree. He was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Chamber Players in residence at the Virginia Museum of fine Arts.
Celebrities that top the extensive list he has performed with and/or convened orchestras for include; The Three Tenors, Three Irish Tenors, 3 Mo Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, The Who, The Moody Blues, Yes, Gloria Estafan, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, John Denver, Paul Potts and Liza Minnelli.
Mr. Nasta has recorded for the Intersound Label as Concertmaster of The Taliesan Orchestra. These recordings received a #1 position on Billboard’s record ratings for three weeks in the summer of 1997 for the classical crossover category as well as several recordings that have been nominated for Grammy’s in 1998.
He is a featured soloist on Eva Cassidy’s multi-platinum selling recordings “Imagine” and “American Tune”.
His improvisatory violin solos are featured on Kathy Fink/Marcy Marxter’s Grammy winning recording “Bon Apetite” and in 2003, received a “wammie” award by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for best classical artist.
In 1998, he was appointed as Personnel Director of the National Gallery Orchestra and in 2002, Assistant to the National Gallery of Art’s music department. Mr. Nasta’s personal recordings and the recordings of the NGO’s live Sunday night performances have been featured nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, NPR News and on various musical presentations of Washington’s local public radio broadcast station WETA.
In the spring of 2008 he was appointed the program coordinator and Master of Ceremonies for the Friday evening “Jazz in the Garden” summer concert series at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden.
Currently, Bruno is lead violinist with the Gypsy Strings and maintains a vigorous freelancing schedule, actively recording and performing in the Symphony, Opera and Theater circuits of Greater Washington DC and Baltimore areas. Musical performance credits for film include; “Crazy like a Fox”, and the documentary “Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg”.
Crystal Williams has been teaching students of all ages for three years in the Loundon, Fairfax, and Prince William County area. She has taught both privately, and in the Franklin Summer Strings Camp. In high school, she was principal cellist in District 11 Honors Orchestra, as well as the recipient of the Instrumental Medallion, presented to her by the music department of Centreville High School.
Crystal’s orchestral experience includes playing with the Capitol Youth Orchestra, The Fairfax Youth Orchestra, The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she’s studying music at Northern Virginia Community College, and plans to soon transfer to George Mason University.
Classical violinist, Nusheen Farahani, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Dr. William Terwilliger. She performed as a substitute violinist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Aiken Symphony, the Brevard Philharmonic, Long Bay Symphony, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Additionally, Nusheen was chosen to perform and teach in the Bahamas for outreach concerts as a member of the distinguished Resonance String Quartet. She has also attended summer programs abroad in Italy, Luxembourg, and Germany to further her chamber music skills.
She performs with a Persian group, the Delnava Ensemble, which is based in Northern Virginia. More recently, she has come to the Celtic style, studying with Alistair Fraser and Natalie Haas at the Isle of Skye Fiddle Camp in Scotland. Soon after the camp Nusheen won second place in the Scottish Fiddling Competition at the Charleston Scottish Games.
Matthew Gattuso is an avid performer and teacher on violin and viola in the greater Northern VA area. Working as a freelance musician, he regularly performs as Principal Second Violin with the Piedmont Symphony orchestra and has performed with the National String Symphonia and Reston Chorale. On viola, he regularly performs as a chamber musician for weddings and events ; acting as violist for the Atoka String Quartet and working with St. Charles String Quartet and Mason Music Productions, among others.
Matthew received his BA in music from the College of William and Mary with concentrations in piano performance and composition. He completed a full length piano and composition recital in the spring of 2011.
Mr. Gattuso began teaching strings privately in the Fall of 2012 and was a founding member of the Crossroads Youth Orchestra in Culpeper, VA as well as acting assistant conductor for the inaugural season. In December of 2015 he completed his Masters in Strings Pedagogy from George Mason University.
Mr. Gattuso strongly believes in the positive impact of music as a tool for developing concentration, problem solving, self confidence, and organizational skills. More importantly, though, he believes that music has the power to change people for the better and gives students the opportunity to explore who they are, who they want to be, and how to get there. In lessons, Mr. Gattuso will seek to build on the foundational core of playing technique while exploring new territory in line with the particular goals and needs of the student.