An active chamber musician and studio musician, Ms. Oriana received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles where she was granted a full scholarship. She is a multi-instrumentalist, having studied piano since the age of six and violin since the age of nine. Oriana also has extensive experience as a private teacher. She strongly believes in music being a form of expression for everyone and has worked as a Teaching Artist in California with The Harmony Project and The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.
All MS 358Q Teachers
Oriana Falla, Viola
Jacob Nordlinger, Cello
Jacob Nordlinger is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Julia Lichten, while also performing and teaching throughout the New York City area. Jacob has a passion for chamber music and, recently, his string quartet won first prize in the Ruth Widder String Quartet Competition at Manhattan School of Music. He has also been a past winner of the Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Wagner College Young Artist Competition, and the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. Jacob has performed throughout New York in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, The National Arts Club, and the United Nations. He has attended festivals including the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. In February 2017, Jacob joined the faculty of the VerArte String Academy in Arequipa, Peru.
Katie von Braun, Violin
Katie von Braun received her Master’s degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory, and her Bachelor of Music with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is currently on faculty with Opus 118 East Harlem School of Music, and Fort Lee School of Music. She has also taught violin at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Amabile School of Music, BLUME Haiti, and Conservatory in the Schools in San Francisco. In New York City, Katie is Concertmaster of Utopia Opera and Blue Hill Theatre Troupe, and also performs with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Bronx and Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She has held the position of Concertmaster at Opera in the Ozarks, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra and Phillips Academy Chamber Orchestra. Katie is a former student of Ian Swensen and Yehonatan Berick.