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Travis Maril, violin/viola


Travis Maril

Travis Maril is the string coordinator at San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, and the viola instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University. His teaching has been influenced by Ivan Galamian, Mimi Zweig, Simon Fischer, and Ralph Fielding and mixes a deep knowledge of instrumental technique with a joy of playing the instrument. His pre-college students have been principals of the San Diego Youth Symphony and gone on to attend The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and other prestigious colleges and universities.


He has performed at Carnegie Hall, throughout Europe and the Americas, and collaborated with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the concertmasters of the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic. Travis plays regularly with Camarada, Art of Elan and the San Diego Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, where he was a Trustee Scholar and Outstanding Graduate, and Rice University.


Carina Voly, cello

Carina Voly

Ms. Voly is the cello master teaching artist for the SDSU String Academy. Ms. Voly’s trajectory in the music education field includes directorships at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as Director of Chamber Music, the Prelude Music Academy, New World Symphony and San Diego Youth Symphony.  In addition to these roles, she has maintained a large private cello studio; her students have continued their education at universities and conservatories such as Eastman, Longy and Lawrence, among others. Her philosophy, influenced by teachers and mentors like Uri Vardi, Janet Jensen, Shmuel Magen and Mimi Zweig, includes teaching high standards, using positive reinforcement, building of a non-judgmental environment, all with a total dedication to the belief that music should be an integral part of any child’s education and upbringing regardless of socio-economic background. Ms. Voly has performed everything from chamber and orchestral to folk and world music with orchestras and chamber groups around the world. She started her cello studies in her native Buenos Aires (Argentina), and holds degrees in cello performance and pedagogy from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy in Israel, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Andrew Waid, Viola

Andrew Waid Headshot holding viola

Andrew Waid, violist, is an exciting and versatile performer on both modern and baroque instruments. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Andrew completed a DMA in viola performance at Boston University in 2015, and appeared as a recitalist at the American Viola Society Festival in July 2016 at Oberlin College. He appeared frequently with numerous ensembles in Massachusetts, including the Boston Chamber Orchestra (for a recent tour of Japan), Lexington Symphony Orchestra, and Marsh Chapel Collegium. As an increasingly active baroque violist, Andrew has performed with Grand Harmonie, Les Bostonades, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and San Diego Baroque Soloists, and is an alumnus the Tafelmusik Winter Institute (Toronto), the American Bach Soloists Academy (San Francisco) and the International Baroque Institute at Longy (Cambridge, MA).



Student Assistants

As part of its mission, the String Academy trains SDSU students to work with children in the group and private setting.  Every group class has several student assistants that help children during the class.  Student assistants also observe private lessons and offer free 1/2 hour helper lessons to students.