Artistic Director

Bomin Son Collins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music Performance and received her Masters in Music Education at George Mason University. She started her music training early on the piano but then switched to cello as her choice instrument at the age of 9. 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 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 Dorothy Amarandos, Glenn Garlick of the National Symphony Orchestra and late Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.

As an educator, Collins currently directs and oversees over 250 students in five different levels at Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, VA. All her groups consistently receive superior ratings at participating competitions and state assessments. Her Chamber Orchestra, which is the highest level of five, was chosen to perform at Virginia Music Educator Association Conference in 2016. In 2019, the group was selected as one of three middle schools from the United States to perform at the 72nd Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, which draws more than 18,000 attendees from the world.

In addition to teaching, Collins enjoys being a music coach in the community and freelances as a cellist. She currently plays with the Tysons McLean Orchestra and American Festival Pops Orchestra. She also has worked as a faculty member at Ovations Summer String Academy, and Vienna Summer Strings in the past. She was appointed Artistic Director of Cellospeak in May 2017.