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Mary Ann TortolanoBorn and raised in Albany, NY, Mary Ann Tortolano began the violin at age 6 as part of the first wave of the Suzuki method instruction that hit the United States. She studied with Kay Nicholas and Lois Fishman and was a member of the Albany Symphony in 1980, her senior year of high school.  After receiving a BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory, she became a certified Suzuki teacher, studying with Doris Preucil in Iowa City. Later she became a Suzuki “parent” and sent all three of her children to NEMC.

As Principal Second Violin of both Spoleto and Graz Festivals, she toured the U.S. and Europe before accepting a position as Principal Viola with the Whitewater and Sorg Opera companies.  While teaching in Richmond, Indiana, she hosted the 1991 Suzuki Talent Education Tour from Japan at Earlham College.

A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music Prep Division, Newton Music School and the Levine School of Music in Georgetown, DC, she is a freelance violin/violist and performs with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Manassas Ballet and the American Festival Pops Orchestra at George Mason University.  She has maintained a private studio in Alexandria, VA for 22 years and has been a member of the NEMC faculty since 2004.

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Seeing our daughter Lily play her french horn in the Facebook Live video at the honors recital and how the kids all stand up and applaud each performance was just awesome! What enthusiasm!” -Buckner Family, North Carolina