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Marjory Serrano

image1An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Dr. Marjory Serrano has been the concertmaster of the National String Symphonia since its creation in 2013. She began studying violin at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela and has studied with a number of noted teachers and has performed in numerous festivals including Union de las Artes (Venezuela), Curso de Violin (Venezuela), Las Vegas Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado).

Dr. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston and also performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. She has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the only violinist from the Americas invited to compete in the International Violin Competition Citta d'Brescia in Italy.

Dr. Serrano has taken master classes with such renowned violinists as Anne Akiko Meyers and Midori, and chamber music master classes with Irish pianist John O'Conor. She was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001 and has been principal second violin at the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 2003.

Dr. Serrano has extensive experience serving as concertmaster, including with the Shenandoah Conservatory symphony orchestra for several years under Venezuelan conductor Jan Wagner, and most recently for the Catholic University of America symphony orchestra while pursuing her doctoral studies at that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood. Dr. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (MD) Community College. She also performs with the Apollo Orchestra in the Washington, DC area and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Dr. Serrano is concertmaster of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington in Reston, VA.