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This year Virtual Viola Day  welcomes violas from all walks of life! Students of all ages, recent graduates, teachers, and community members are invited to participate in this FREE event hosted on Zoom

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Dr. Alicia Valoti at

Schedule of Events

10:30 am - Welcome and Introduction
11:00 am -  Masterclass on Zoom with Dr. Jacob Adams 
12:00 - Break for Lunch
1:00 - Feldenkrais Workshop with Dr. Stephen Gorgone
2:00 - Masterclass with Dr. Alicia Valoti 
3:00 - Q&A 
4:00 - Pre-recorded recital featuring Dr. Jacob Adams, Dr. Alicia Valoti, & CMU Violists


Complete and submit your online registration below. The deadline to register is Thursday, January 21st. A Zoom meeting link and additional information will be sent out by Friday, January 22nd. 



Alicia Valoti

Central Michigan University

A diverse artist in both viola and piano, Dr Alicia Marie Valoti brings energy to the international music scene through performance, education and research. She holds degrees from Rice University, McGill University, il Conservatorio di Firenze “Luigi Cherubini”, la Scuola APM di Saluzzo and Stony Brook University. Additionally, Dr. Valoti studied at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Indiana University and RNCM.


Ms. Valoti’s performances have been widely varied; as a pianist in Carnegie Hall, in orchestra in the Egyptian Teatro Gomhouria, as a viola recitalist in Florence, Italy, and assisting in a music rehabilitation program in an Alaskan prison, for example. She has showcased several world premieres (Drucker, Mesa, Luporini) and recordings (Colonna, Beamish). Dr. Valoti was the first prize winner in the David Dalton Competition of the American Viola Society, and played in the “Rising Stars” recital series of 2016. She has developed strong connections with Ecuador, where she teaches and performs regularly.


Her current research and performances have a focus on original 19th century Italian viola compositions prevailing from the Tuscan area. Dr. Valoti recently received the prestigious Provost Award for her work showcasing the virtuosic viola works of Ferdinando Giorgetti. She has presented her original material in Italy, Brazil, Portugal and the United States.


A committed educator, Dr. Valoti has held positions at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Lone Star College, and Stony Brook University. She was a distinguished visiting professor at the Wuhan Conservatory and Lioacheng University (China) in 2010. Currently, Ms. Valoti is Assistant Professor of Viola at Central Michigan University.


Jacob Adams

University of Alabama

Lauded for his “engaging” performances and his “expressive and intense” playing (American Record Guide), Jacob Adams is Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama and a board member of the American Viola Society. Since making his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 17, he has performed throughout the United States and at major venues around the world, including all three stages at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, the Rudolfinium in Prague, and the El Escorial Palace in Spain. Jacob has performed on the prized Amati instruments at the Smithsonian and appeared on stage with such diverse acts as the Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Suzanne Vega, Herbie Hancock, and Quincy Jones, among others. He has premiered new works by celebrated composers, including William Bolcom and Caroline Shaw. Jacob is a frequent performer with ensembles and orchestras around the country, including A Far Cry (Boston), Manchester Summer Chamber Music, and the symphony orchestras of Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Birmingham, Charleston, Santa Barbara, and New Haven.

A dedicated teacher, Jacob maintains a full studio of undergraduate and graduate violists at UA, and regularly does master classes and clinics at colleges and high schools across the country. Recent engagements include serving on the viola faculty of the Brevard Music Center, recitals in Las Vegas, Havana, Prague, and Seattle, soloing with the University of Alabama’s Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and presentations at the 2017 International Viola Congress (Wellington, NZ), the 2018 ASTA National Conference (Atlanta), and the 2018 American Viola Society Festival (Los Angeles). Jacob’s album, “Czech Portraits,” was released on the Centaur label, and he has written articles for the Journal for the American Viola Society and The Strad. Jacob co-commissioned a new viola and piano work from composer William Bolcom, Dark Dreams That Do Not Disappear, which was premiered at Merkin Hall in New York City on the occasion of the composer’s 80thbirthday.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacob is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and University of California – Santa Barbara. His principal teachers include Helen Callus, Jesse Levine, Roger Chase, Roland Vamos, Masao Kawasaki, and Catharine Carroll Lees. In addition to his performance degrees, Jacob earned his M.A. in Musicology from the University of California – Santa Barbara. In his spare time, Jacob is likely to be found hiking, exercising, cooking, or bowling (high score: 289). He lives with his wife, Shannon McCue, and their two sons, Isaac and Jesse, in Tuscaloosa.

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Stephen Gorgone

Feldenkrais Method

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Dr. Stephen Gorgone is a professional violist, violinist, piano accompanist, music teacher, and Feldenkrais Practitioner based on Long Island. As a violist, he has played in the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was a winner of the SUNY Orange Concerto Competition and a Finalist in the Ithaca College Concerto Competition. A member of the Whitman String Quartet, he as participated in the Emerson String Quartet Institute and the Philip Setzer String Quartet Intensive while performing throughout Long Island as part of North Shore Pro Musica and the Three Village Chamber Players.

As a freelance musician, he has also played violin and viola with Viva Strings NY, Consonance Music Ensembles, West Islip String Ensemble, Ithaca Free Concerts, the Dorian String Quartet, and more. In addition to accompanying student recitals, he is a Piano Accompanist at the Middle Country Central School District (MCCSD). Throughout his career, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Kodak Hall, Corning Museum of Glass, and other venues. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance from Stony Brook University and has Masters and Bachelors degrees in Viola Performance (summa cum laude), as well as a Bachelors in Mathematics (summa cum laude and the Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for the highest GPA) and Suzuki Violin training, from Ithaca College. He was also a participant in the Karen Tuttle Coordination Conference in New York City and a Teacher Assistant, Orchestra Librarian, and Counselor at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY.

In addition to maintaining a private studio of violin, viola, cello, and piano students, he has taught undergraduate chamber music and technique lessons, music theory, and music education classes both at Stony Brook University and at Ithaca College. Stephen Gorgone is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and teaches the only weekly Awareness Through Movement classes in Suffolk County while offering private Functional Integration lessons throughout Long Island. He also teaches Feldenkrais for Musician workshops through Stony Brook University and New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME).