Meet the director

Chad Steffey, Interim Director of Orchestras (2022)

Dr. Chad Steffey is an active conductor, composer, educator, and performer in Northern Virginia where he currently serves as the Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance and music theory from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from George Mason University.

Dr. Steffey served for 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring in the rank of Major in July 2013. His career spanned several assignments as a percussionist and conductor in the Air Force Band career field, then as a public affairs officer at Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon. As a staff officer with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. (1999-2004), he was the director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and the U.S. Air Force Strings. As a military musician, Dr. Steffey performed in 40 states and 13 countries, leading performances at the White House, the U.S. Capital, Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Grand Ole Opry, Lincoln Center, and U.S. embassies and installations throughout the world. He deployed three times to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf region, leading musical tours throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey.

Prior to joining Trinity, he was Director of Choral Music at Justice High School in the Falls Church, Virginia (2015-2020), Director of the NOVA Community Chorus (2017-2019), Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University (2013-2015), and Music Director at St. Peters in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station (2014-2020).

Bomin Collins, Director of Orchestras

Bomin Son Collins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music Performance, received a Master of Music Education at George Mason University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Education Leadership at George Mason University. She started her music training early on the piano but then switched to cello at an early age. Since then, she has held principal roles in the American Youth Philharmonic, Boston University Chamber Orchestra and was a fellow member of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program on a full scholarship.

As a cellist, she has performed and was featured as a soloist at multiple venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has participated in master classes with Alban Gerhardt, Paul Katz, Norman Fisher and Joshua Gordon. Her principal teachers include late Dorothy Amarandos, Glenn Garlick of the National Symphony Orchestra and late Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.

As an educator, Collins currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at W.T. Woodson High School, working with 160 students in five various levels. Her previous assignments include Longfellow Middle School, Cooper Middle School, and Langley High School. She is the recipient of 2020 Fairfax Orchestra Directors Association Secondary Teacher of the Year and 2019 FCPS Pyramid & School Level Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Collins is an active adjudicator, a clinician, and a guest conductor around the region.

During her tenure, all her groups have consistently received superior ratings at participating competitions and state assessments. Most notably, Longfellow MS Chamber Orchestra, frequently performing VBODA Grade V and VI literature, was chosen to perform at Virginia Music Educator Association Conference in Fall 2016. In 2018, the same orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL, which is the highest recognition that band and orchestra can receive internationally.

She is an active member of NafME, VMEA, VBODA, and AFPE. In addition to teaching, Collins enjoys being a music coach in the community and freelances as a cellist. She continues to sustain her love for playing the cello in Tysons McLean Orchestra and American Festival Pops Orchestra. She also has served as a faculty member at Ovations Summer String Academy and Vienna Summer Strings. She also is the Artistic Director for Cellospeak, a non-profit organization which offers community outreach projects and education to adult amateur cellists. She and her husband reside in Springfield, VA, and love spending time with their English Bulldog, Pumpkin Dotty.