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University of Delaware
M.M. Viola Performance, 2015-2017
Bowling Green State University
B.M. Viola Performance, 2011-2015, Magna cum Laude
“Tudor Ciortea” High School of Music, Brasov Romania
Viola Performance, 2007-2011
Violin Performance, 1999-2007
·       The Music School of Delaware, Core Faculty, Wilmington DE, Jan. 2018 - present.
·      Dover Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin, Dover DE, Sept. 2019 - present.
·       Wilmington Community Orchestra, Wilmington DE, Oct.2017 - present.
·       Newark Symphony Orchestra, Newark DE, May 2018-present.
·      Grace United Methodist Church, Alto II Section Leader and Soloist, 2020.
·       Play on Philly! Violin and Chamber Music Teaching Artist, Philadelphia PA,  Fall 2017.
·      Temple University Music Preparatory Division, director of CMSP String Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2017.
·       National Music Festival Arts Administration apprenticeship, Chestertown MD, June 2017.
·       Philadelphia Viola Society, president, January 2017-present.
·       University of Delaware, director of the University Strings ensemble, January 2016 - May 2017.
·       Kent School, Chestertown, Maryland, Violin professor Fiddlesticks program, 2016.
·       Web Designer for the following websites:, 
·       Community Music School, strings, piano, jazz voice instructor, 2015-2017.
·       UD Undergraduate Recital Attendance class, grading, Newark DE 2015-2017.
·       UD Music Department House Manager, Newark DE 2015-2017.
·       “Kamerata Kronstadt” Orchestra, Brasov Romania, June 2014.
·       “Collegium Musicum Kronstadt” Orchestra, section viola, Brasov Romania 2010-2011.
Teaching Experience
·       The Music School of Delaware, DYSO string coach & assistant conductor, violin, viola, jazz voice January 2018-present.
 ·      Play on, Philly!  Violin and Chamber Music Teaching Artist, Philadelphia PA, Fall 2017.
·       Temple University Music Preparatory Division, director of CMSP String Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2017.
·       Teaching Assistant/Graduate Assistant, University of Delaware, Fall 2015- Spring 2017.
·       Director of the University Strings ensemble, University of Delaware, February 2016-May 2017.
·       Violin instructor and String ensemble director, Kent School, Fiddlesticks Program, Chestertown MD, Spring 2016.
·       Group Piano Instructor, Community Music School, Newark DE, 2015-2016.
·       Violin and Viola instructor, Community Music School, Newark DE, 2015-2017.
·       Violin and Cello private instructor, Krysti’s Music Studio, Bluffton OH, 2014-2016
·       Private Violin and Viola Studio, Bowling Green/Toledo OH, 2012-2015.
·       Private Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano and Jazz Voice Studio, Newark DE 2015-2018.
From 2015-present:
·       American Federation of Musicians, Local 21
·       President of the PhilaDELphia Viola Society
·       American Viola Society
·       College Music Society
From 2015-2017:
·       University of Delaware: Advisory Council, International Student Advisory Committee, Jazz Singers, Chamber Jazz Ensembles, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Baroque Ensemble. 
From 2011-2015:
·       Bowling Green State University: National Society of Collegiate and Scholars, Student Jazz Association, Pro Musica Association, New Music Ensemble, BG Philharmonia, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the American Viola Society.
Music Festivals and Workshops
·      Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination Workshop, Newark DE January 2018.
 ·     Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2017.
·       New York Voices International Vocal Jazz Camp, Ptuj, Slovenia, July 2017.
·       California Summer Music Festival, San Francisco, CA July 2016.
·       National Music Festival, Chestertown, MD June 2015, 2016, 2017 (arts administration apprentice and viola apprentice).
·       New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Bowling Green, OH August 2013-2015, Ithaca College NY 2016.
·       CICA Music Festival, Dallas, TX July-August 2013.
·     Karen Ritscher, New York University, at UD, April 2017.
·     Roberto Diaz, Curtis Institute of Music, at UD, December 2016.
·     Paul Laraia, Catalyst Quartet, at UD, October 2016.
·     Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Rice University, at California Summer Music Festival, July 2016.
·     Nokuthula Ngwenyama, at Rowan University, February 2016.
·     Juilliard String Quartet, viola I in Dvorak String Quintet op. 97, November 2015.
·     Christopher Luther, University of Northern Colorado, October 2015.
·     BGSU Philharmonia Orchestra Master Class with Arie Lipsky, Bowling Green, OH November 2014.
·     Workshop and Concert with Kim Nazarian and the BGSU Jazz Singers, April 2014.
·     Katie Lansdale, Hartt School of Music, April 2014.
·     Roger Myers, University of Texas, Austin, TX March 2014.
·     Marshall Fine, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, CICA Music Festival July 2013.
·     Bill McGlaughlin at BGSU, with BGSU Philharmonia, section viola, October 2012.
·     Michael Larco, Los Angeles Philharmonic, at BGSU, April 2012.
·     “An Evening with Marin Alsop” with BGSU Philharmonia, section viola, April 2012.
·     Anne Lanzilotti, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchestre, Berlin, at BGSU, April 2012.
·     Daniel Strba, Houston Symphony Orchestra, at BGSU, February 2012.
·     Sheila Browne, University of North Carolina, at BGSU, 2012.
Solo Appearances
·      UD Symphony Orchestra Concert: Robert Moran-Angels of Silence, guest solo viola, May 2019.
·      DYSO Concert I, Mozart-Sinfonia Concertante, guest solo viola, December 2018.
·      Ignite: A Company of Dancing Artists, Identity, Bach-Suite No.2 Prelude, Hennessy-Silent Night, guest solo viola, September 2018.
·      Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra, Toledo OH, guest solo viola November 2013.
·       Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, Brasov Romania, solo violin, 2000.
Orchestral and Chamber Experience
·        Newark Symphony Orchestra, Moxart Concerto Performance, concert mistress, June 2019.
·        Dover Symphony Orchestra (Dover DE) section violin I October 2018, section viola, March 2017, principal second violin Sept. 2019 - present.
·        Philadelphia String Quartet, violin/viola, September 2018-present.
·        Choir School of Delaware (Wilmington DE) Wilmington Bach Festival, baroque viola May 2018.
·        Voices in Praise, Wilmington DE, assistant principal viola, June 2018.
·        Newark Symphony Orchestra (Newark DE) section violin, viola May 2018-present.
·        Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, assistant principal viola, 2017-2018.
·        Wilmington Community Orchestra (Wilmington DE) associate principal viola, section viola, October 2017 - present.
·        "UD Chamber Orchestra" The Art of Charlie Chaplin: The Count and The Pawn Shop (1916 silent film), associate viola principal, April 2018.
·       UD Opera Theatre presents Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” University of Delaware, principal viola, May 2017.
·       Salisbury University Orchestra performing the Brahms Requiem, first violin section, May 2017.
·       "UD Chamber Orchestra" and The Mark of Zorro (1920 silent film), assistant viola principal, March 2017.
·       "UD Symphony Orchestra" with guest conductor Chen Zimbalista, section viola, March 2017.
·       UD "Collegium Musicum" with UDOT presenting Dido and Aeneas, baroque viola, February 2017.
·       Festival Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Mariusz Smolij, National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD), viola principal June 2016.
·       UD “Collegium Musicum” University of Delaware Baroque Ensemble (Newark, DE), 2015-2017.
·       "UD Chamber Orchestra" Nosferatu (1922 silent film), assistant principal viola, October 2016.
·       "UD Chamber Orchestra" Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony with guest Dan Kamin, assistant viola principal, March 2016.
·       “University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra” (Newark, DE) principal viola, 2015-2016, section viola 2015-2017.
·       “UD Chamber Orchestra” Phantom of the Opera (1925 silent film), viola principal, October 2015.
·       “Adrian Symphony Orchestra” (Adrian, MI) assistant viola principal, May 2015.
·       “BG Philharmonia” Gala Performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Noah Bendix-Balgley and Randolph Kelly, associate principal viola, February 2015.
·       “BGSU New Music Ensemble” (Bowling Green, OH), Reiko Füting’s “werden wir klar werden” for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, October 2014.
·       “Libro d’Ore” (Book of Hours) by Marilyn Shrude with soloist Ioana Galu and the BGSU Philharmonia, assistant principal viola, October 2014, second performance. after world premiere.
·       “Kamerata Kronstadt” (Brasov, RO) section viola, June 2014.
·       “Ballet Theatre of Toledo Orchestra” performing The Nutcracker Ballet (Toledo, OH), assistant/associate principal viola, November 2013-present.
·       “University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra” (Toledo, OH) section viola, 2013.
·       “University of Toledo Opera” (Toledo, OH) viola principal, 2013.
·       “CICA Music Festival” (Dallas, TX) Elgar cello concerto with Sara Sant’ Ambrogio, principal viola, summer 2013.
·       “CICA Music Festival” (Dallas, TX) Beethoven violin concerto with Aisha Syed Castro, principal viola, summer 2013.
·       “Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra” (Plymouth, MI) section viola, assistant/associate principal 2013-2017, second violin section 2013-2017, viola principal January 2015.
·       “Lima Symphony Orchestra” (Lima, OH) section viola February 2013, assistant/associate principal 2013-2017.
·        “SonoNovo Chamber Orchestra” (Toledo, OH) section viola, 2012-2014.
·       BGSU New Music Ensemble, “Big Spinoff” by Charles Wuorinen, orchestral premiere written for Jacqueline  April 2012.
·       “New Music Festival” with the Bowling Green State University Philharmonia, assistant principal and section viola, October 2011- October 2014.
·       “Dearborn Symphony Orchestra” (Dearborn, MI) section viola 2011, assistant principal, 2012-2013.
·       “Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra” (Perrysburg, OH) viola principal 2011-2013, 2014-2015.
·       “Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra” (Tiffin, OH) section viola 2011-2012, viola principal, 2013-2015.
·       “Bowling Green State University Philharmonia” section viola and assistant principal, 2011-2015.
·       “Collegium Musicum Kronstadt Orchestra” led by conductor Koichiro Kanno (Brasov, Romania) section viola, 2010-2011.
·       “Brasov Baroque Festival” (Brasov, RO) viola principal 2010.
·       “Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra” (Brasov, RO) section viola, 2009.
Jazz Experience
·       Habanero Latin Jazz Band, lead vocalist, greater Philadelphia area, 2017-2019.
·       Mainstay Mondays with Joe Holt and guest Maria Rusu, Rock Hall, MD, Nov. 2017.
·       New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Ptuj Slovenia, July 2017.
·       UD Jazz Ensemble I with Joey Tartell on trumpet and Maria Rusu on vocals, March 2017.
·       UD Jazz Ensemble I with Tom "Bones" Malone on trombone and Maria Rusu on vocals, UD Trombone Day February 2017.
·       UD Jazz Singers, alto singer, Newark DE, 2015-2017.
·       New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Ithaca NY August 2016.
·       UD Jazz Ensemble I vocalist, Newark DE, Spring 2016, 2017.
·       Detroit Jazz Festival performance with the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Detroit MI August 2014.
·       BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Dave Samuels, jazz viola, March 2014.
·       BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, alto singer, Newark DE, 2012-2015.
·       New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, Bowling Green OH August 2013, 2014, 2015.
·       "Angels of Silence" (1973) for solo viola and chamber orchestra, UD Chamber Orchestra lead by James Allen Anderson, May 2019.
·       “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing” (2014) Matt Harris big band with vocal solo, UD Jazz Ensemble I lead by Tom Palmer, soloists Todd Groves (saxophone), Nick Pietuszka (trumpet) and Maria Rusu, May 2017. Release Date: Dec. 5. 2018.
·       “Libro d’Ore” (Book of Hours) (2014) by Marilyn Shrude with the BGSU Philharmonia, assistant principal viola, October 2014 for Albany Records.
·       “Only a breath” by Christopher Dietz with Toledo Symphony, Orchestra members, faculty members and BGSU students, associate principal viola, January 2014.
Conducting Experience
·       Newark Symphony Orchestra, Newark DE, April 2019.
·       Delaware Youth String Orchestra, Wilmington DE, assistant conductor April 2018 – present.
·       UD University Strings Ensemble, February 2016 – May 2017.
 ·       Temple University Music Preparatory Division, CMSP String Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2017.
Awards and Scholarships
·       UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education, Professional Development Award, Newark DE 2017.
·       UD Music Department, Graduate Travel Grant to Czech Republic, Newark DE 2017.
·       California Summer Music Festival, tuition financial aid grant, Sonoma State University, California, July 2016.
·       MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award, University of Delaware, Newark DE 2016.
·        Masters of Music Full Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship, University of Delaware, Newark DE, 2015-2017.
·       String Scholarship, University of Delaware, Newark DE, 2015-2016.
·       National Music Festival full scholarship, Chestertown MD, 2015, 2016, 2017.
·       “CICA Music Festival” (Dallas, Texas) Scholarship, summer 2013.
·       East Central MTNA Competition "Young Artist Performance" Division Alternate, January 2013.
·       New York Voices Jazz Camp Scholarship, summer 2013, 2014, 2015.
·       BGSU Music Talent Award 2011-2015.
·       BGSU Success Scholarship 2011-2015.
·       “National Competition” Bistrita, Romania 4th prize 2010.
·       “Low Strings Competition” Brasov, Romania 1st prize 2007-2010.
·       Romanian 
·       English
·       Spanish
·       French 
Universty of Delwar Symphony Orcestra
National Music Festial
2016 National Music Festival 
University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra 
Washington D.C. Tour 2016
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Unversty of Delaware Jazz Faculty wtih Alon Yavnai
University of Delaware Faculty Jazz, Guest Pianist Alon Yavnai, violist Maria Rusu
Background photo: Alex Bi
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