The J. Sidney Kirk Chair

Amy Mason has been a violist in the North Carolina Symphony since January 2012. A native of Dearborn, Michigan, she received her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Before joining NCS, she performed with ensembles including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She spends her summers at the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin, and her other appearances include the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Mason is a member of the City of Oaks String Quartet and the Aurora Musicalis String Quartet, teaches viola at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a private studio. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, trumpet player Alex Fioto, and their two children, two cats, and one dog.