Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance
Maria Del Toro began her violin studies with Fernando Medina at the Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in 2010, where she studied with teachers Omar Velázquez on violin and Emanuel Olivieri on viola.
After suffering an injury as a teenager, Del Toro has dedicated herself to studying the Alexander Technique under the care of Karen Langevin, Rose Bronec, and Rick Carbaugh. In 2013 she obtained the certification of the American Society of Alexander Technique (AmSat) upon graduating from the Alexander Technique Urbana in Illinois, United States.
With almost 20 years of experience teaching violin and viola to people of all ages, Del Toro has taught at Metropolitan Music Arts in Puerto Rico and at the Community Center for the Arts (C4A) in Urbana, Illinois. Currently, she still serves as a bilingual liaison between C4A and the Havana Music School, a music school in Cuba with which C4A began a relationship in 2019.