Nicole Paglialonga directs the String Project at Virginia Tech. As a professional violinist, she has appeared in recital as a soloist, with chamber groups, or in orchestras on four different continents; locally she is a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Ash Lawn Opera. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Nicole has had several works by living composers written specifically for her and received invitations to play at new music festivals and venues around the country. Nicole is also a passionate teacher. She has presented masterclasses at universities in the US and Asia, was on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and co-organizes the SMILES educational concert series with Betsy Crone. She is committed to furthering quality string music education and bringing new opportunities to children in the New River Valley.