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Mirah Ray

CORE-Arts Violin and Cello Instructor


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Mirah is a young professional violinist, coach/mentor, and private teacher. Teaching all ages and levels, she focusses on both individual and group classes. Not only does Mirah care about the musical success of her students, but also the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
Starting her education and career at the age of 5, Mirah began her “string fever” with multiple instruments; violin, piano, cello, and viola. Throughout her elementary to collegiate years, Mirah has had opportunities to train in special masterclasses with renowned artists and professors such as Giora Schmidt, Dr. Peter Slowik, and Dr. Sang Yhee. She has earned recognition for outstanding performances such as in the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, has won two Young Artist Music Festival awards for both violin and cello in Northern California, and won in the International Music Festival competition in Los Angeles as principal cellist for the NYSO. In addition, Mirah was honored to work and collaborate with a variety of professional artists and celebrities such as with the Napa Valley Symphony, the US Air Force Band - the Blue Steel, and Ray Manzarek of the Doors for the 18th River Festival in Napa, CA. Mirah has played for benefit concerts at the Stanford Hospital, for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and for our state’s 5th district representative, Congressman Mike Thompson.
With over 13 years of teaching/coaching experience, her foundation began under the director and conductor of Young Performers Orchestra, Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra, and the Community Arts Youth Orchestra. Continuing to pursue near-professional level with the help of her high school virtuoso teacher, Mirah received the 2015 Sister Francis Xavier Award for being concertmaster and the president of the Virtuoso Program at the San Domenico School.
After she was invited to perform at the Westmont College Music Guild Competition, she won a scholarship award and became a key leader of the violins for the orchestra and chamber ensembles of Westmont College. She has helped coach students both on campus and off campus. Since then, Mirah has also been both a coach of several youth orchestras and a member of professional groups around the Bay Area and Santa Barbara/ LA county. Some of these groups are the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, the Marin Valley Youth Symphony, San Francisco Master Chorale, the Solano Symphony, the Santa Ynez Master Chorale, Santa Barbara String Quartet, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. Other programs Mirah has been involved in are the BRAVO! Program, Children in Need, and in inter-generational performance and discussions with retirement centers such as Alexander Gardens.
Mirah has studied and collaborated with numerous teachers as well as institutions with artists who are members of the Santa Barbara String Quartet, the Arlekin String Quartet, the Afiara String Quartet, award-winning and internationally accomplished collaborators and soloists, Julliard graduates, Moscow Conservatory graduates, former concertmasters of symphonies, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music professors.
Mirah has toured and performed locally, domestically, and internationally. A few destinations include Disney Hall and Disney Recording Studios in California, Kennedy Hall in Washington DC, Ireland, England, and Wales.

As she pursues her career to join a major symphony, Mirah continues to further her studies and hopes to eventually tour and perform around the world. Mirah currently lives in the Bay Area. When she is away from learning new music or teaching students, she loves exercising, cooking new meals, gardening, drawing, and reading.

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Young Artists Conservatory of Music