Carla Deniz, PhD, MMP, has been working as a performing musician and music instructor in Leesburg, VA since 2006. She founded the group, Moonlit in the Sun, which performs concerts of classical, pop/jazz, and rag-time music, as well as performs for weddings, receptions, and events. She teaches viola and violin from her home studio and also at the Catoctin School of Music. As an instructor, he collaborates with the Ashburn Youth Symphony, Leesburg Violin Studio, and the Catoctin School of Music; working with young students in their development as ensemble musicians. Additionally, she serves as an adjudicator for local orchestra auditions (LCPS All County orchestra and Ashburn Youth Symphony.) Her students frequently place high in local and regional auditions.