Percussionist Sharilyn Rak is a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Ms. Rak has a Master of Music degree from Catholic University and has been a performer and music educator in the Washington area for over 15 years. She is Principal Percussionist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and filled the same position for many years with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent player with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra and Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Her work at the Kennedy Center includes several world and national premieres including Benjamin Britten's ballet The Prince of the Pagodas and Conrad Susa's opera Dangerous Liaisons. In addition, Ms. Rak is a regular in the recording studio. Her recording credits include stints with Ray Charles and the pianist Santiago Rodriguez on his recently released CD The Piano in Hollywood.