Maria Montano

Dr. Montano started her musical studies in the Youth Orchestra Network known as El Sistema, in her home country, Venezuela. She continued her music studies in the United States and has been actively involved in the musical scene in the Washington DC Metropolitan area for more than a decade. She has established a strong viola studio and is a former faculty member of the Landon School and Levine Music. Dr. Montano enjoys working with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) where she is Viola coach, Director of Programs, Director of Chamber music, and conductor of the Future Stars Orchestra.

She is an active orchestra player with the National Philharmonic and the New Orchestra of Washington. She is a former member of the Vox Amadeus Ensemble, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Viola of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Montano holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts and a Master in Music in Viola Performance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor in Music in Viola Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.