Violinist Nina Merulla began playing in elementary school orchestra in the Liverpool Central School District. She quickly grew to love classical music.  Her first formal studies were with violinist Petia Radneva-Manolova of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Crane School of Music, obtaining degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance. 
While at Crane, Nina studied in Prague, Czech Republic, participating in the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival and studying with Vadim Mazo. She received the Kobialka Scholarship for excellence in performance and education. Nina later served as Community Concerts Manager at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.
Nina found her passion in teaching beginning strings.  She has taught at the elementary and middle school level in the Glens Fall City School District, and since 2013 has taught in the Shenendehowa Central School District, directing 4th and 5th grade orchestras. 
Nina’s teachers, besides Petia Radneva-Manolova and Vadim Mazo, include Ioan Harea and Linda Case.  Nina also has trained in the Suzuki Method under Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Sarah Hersh.
In the summer of 2016, she will complete a Master’s degree in Music Education with a Suzuki Pedagogy concentration from The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut.
Nina currently maintains a private studio in the Albany area. In her spare time, Nina enjoys yoga and meditation. As a member of the Chordial String Quartet, she enjoys bringing different styles of music to listeners. 

Nina Merulla