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Lecturer (Viola)

MasonAmy Mason (Lecturer) has enjoyed being a violist in the the North Carolina Symphony since January 2012. Amy received her Master’s of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2011. While at Rice, Amy studied with former Cleveland Quartet violist, James Dunham. Before joining the North Carolina Symphony, Amy performed with numerous ensembles including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Dearborn Symphony, and the New World Symphony.

She spent her past three summers at the Peninsula Music Festival. Amy was a Tanglewood fellow for summers 2010 and 2011 where she worked with conductors such as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Christoph Eschenbach, Jaap van Zweden, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas to name a few. While at Tanglewood, Amy received chamber music coachings with members of the Concord and Juilliard quartets, as well working extensively with world renowned violinist Pamela Frank, and her father Claude Frank. Previously, Amy has participated as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Heifeitz International Music Festival, and New York Strings Orchestral Seminar.

A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Amy received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Yizhak Schotten, former principal violist of the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Although Amy enjoys orchestral playing, she is also an avid chamber musician, and in Raleigh she is a member of the City of Oaks Quartet. She has always been passionate about music outreach, and before moving to Raleigh she served as the Viola Mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Ensemble, a chamber music coach for the Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program and has always had a private studio of talented students. In Raleigh she has been active coaching chamber music for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, and leading sectionals for the Philharmonic Association.

Amy lives in Raleigh with her husband, trumpet player Alex Fioto, her cats, Kumba and Hewi, and her dog, Boone.

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