AMY MASON VIOLA
The J. Sidney Kirk Chair
Amy Mason has enjoyed being a violist in the North Carolina Symphony since January 2012. Amy received her master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2011. While at Rice, Amy studied with former Cleveland Quartet violist James Dunham. Before joining NCS, Amy performed with numerous ensembles, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.
She spends her summers in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, at the Peninsula Music Festival. In past summers, Amy has attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Heifetz International Music Festival, and New York Strings Orchestral Seminar.
A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Amy received her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Yizhak Schotten—former principal violist of the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
She is an avid chamber musician, and in Raleigh she is a member of the City of Oaks String Quartet and the Aurora Musicalis String Quartet. Currently, Amy is one of the viola instructors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a private studio of many talented students. She is also active as a chamber music coach through the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute and the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp.
Amy lives in Raleigh with her husband, trumpet player Alex Fioto; her cats, Kumba and Hewi; her dog Boone; and her son, Ellis.