Violin, Viola, and Fiddle Faculty

Meet our violin, viola, and fiddle teachers!  They have richly varied experience and areas of expertise, and you can take lessons with just one or several of them!

Maria Del Toro 120 faculty Maria Del Toro: violin, viola

Maria specializes in teaching children, beginning to advanced-intermediate levels.  She is friendly, yet firm, and has a way of gently coaxing good results out of her students.  She draws on a number of musical sources in her teaching, and likes to help her students work on repertoire from their various musical activities.

kalnin-lc Igor Kalnin: violin

Igor specializes in advanced players, and excels at meeting each student where they are to help them refine the aspects of their playing needed to find their musical voice. He is also a very experienced orchestral player and excellent audition coach.

Robin Kearton vasupic 120 Robin Kearton: violin, viola, fiddle

Robin enjoys working with beginning to advanced-intermediate players of all ages who want to learn classical or folk styles or explore improvisation. She wants each student have a say in defining their own musical path as she guides them in the technical and musical development. She has experience with several vernacular styles including old-time, bluegrass, and tango, and studied baroque performance practice in graduate school.

2015 faculty wayne 120 Wayne Logue: old-time fiddle

Wayne is C4A’s resident old-time music expert.  He specializes in teaching by ear (although he can read music!) and helps his students find a rock solid groove in their fiddling as they develop a repertoire of traditional dance tunes.

Alex 120 Alex Malaimare: violin, viola

Alex can work with beginning to advanced players of all ages. His teaching style is friendly and he can be relaxed and intensely focused simultaneously. His ability to demonstrate outstanding skill and musicianship is an inspiration to students who learn by example, and his enthusiasm for playing the violin is contagious!

Dorothy 120 faculty Dorothy Martirano: violin, jazz violin

Dorothy specializes in enabling adults who play at a beginning to intermediate skill level to attain a level of musicianship that they can feel proud of.  Her broad experience allows her to connect with many different style preferences, and she particularly enjoys jazz violin.

Amanda Ramey 120 faculty Amanda Ramey: violin, viola, fiddle

Amanda teaches beginning to advanced-intermediate players of all ages.  She is friendly and her teaching style is very methodical; she incorporates folk and classical tunes to help students learn how to play and develop skill.  Outside the classical music world she has explored tango, Irish fiddling, and old-time music.