Title: Viola/Violin Instructor
Genres: Classical, folk, pop, rock, original compositions, improvisation
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Education: B.M., Music Technology and Performance at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA);
M.F.A., Music Performance and Composition at Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
Marie Valigorsky is a violist, pianist and accomplished composer who is originally from the Mechanicsburg area. As a student at Cumberland Valley High School, she studied privately with Alice Bish. She has performed with the York Symphony Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Shippensburg University Community Orchestra. She is currently principal violist with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony.
During her undergraduate music studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, Marie studied with composers David Stock and Amanda Ford. Her Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance and Composition was earned at Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied with violist Ann Roggen, violinist Kaori Washiyama, and composer Allen Shawn. She taught music theory, aural skills (sight-singing), composition and piano lessons at Bennington. Marie also coached her own compositions with the Bennington String Quartet and other chamber ensembles.
After graduating from Bennington College, Marie lived in New York City, where she founded the Brooklyn Emerging Artists, a performing artists non-profit, with colleagues from Bennington College. The group organized 15 concerts and commissioned original new music from local composers and performers in the NYC area. She is currently composing music and performing with a chamber ensemble, Sempre Dolce, founded in Harrisburg.
Marie teaches violin and viola lessons in the Harrisburg area, and is active as a performer and composer in the Harrisburg music scene, including volunteering and performing at the MakeSpace and the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. She is thrilled to be expanding her reach onto the West Shore as a violin and viola instructor at KMAC, and is looking forward to being involved with the school's various ensembles, classes and workshops.
• Call or email for current openings
• Lessons are ½ hour or full hour in length
• Free initial consultation available
• Ages 5+
Marie performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2, Sarabande:
Regarding this video, Marie says "Thanks to 8th Street Media, Gabriel Spangler, and Kendra Metzger for this amazing artistic video featuring a recording I made of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2, Sarabande. I love the visuals of Harrisburg’s cityscape in this video! I’m playing viola on the beach at City Island in the video.
I'm grateful to Gabe and Kendra for helping me with this project, and I got to work on my audio recording skills while quarantining at home.
I’m currently accepting new violin, viola and composition students: if you’re interested in online lessons, please send me a message! In-person string lessons will happen again at Keystone Musical Arts Center when Cumberland County goes green."