String Project Faculty

The University of Arizona String Project is directed by Dr. Theodore Buchholz.

   Gabby Cioca is an active performer, educator, and arts advocate based in sunny Tucson, Arizona. She has performed in masterclasses for Daniel Foster of the National Symphony Orchestra, John Sherba of the Kronos Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. Her other performing highlights include participating in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
     An advocate for new music, Gabby recently commissioned a work for solo viola titled “The Space Between Lovers”, written by Colin I. Nossek, an LGBTQ+ composer and clarinetist. She also enjoys volunteering as a researcher for the American Viola Society’s Underrepresented Composer Database.
     Gabby has recently presented for the National String Project Consortium on “How to Teach an Online String Class”. Her other teaching highlights have been coaching for the Southwest String Quartet Camp, teaching for Empowering Communities Through Art, and teaching for the University of Arizona’s String Project, where she teaches viola and violin lessons as well as group violin classes. She also maintains a private viola and violin studio outside of String Project.
     Gabby is currently pursuing her B.M. in viola performance and music education with a minor in arts administration at the University of Arizona. Bear Down! Gabby plays on a 2019 viola made by Alastair Brown.


Angel Mor
eno is a Music Education student at the Fred Fox School of Music. He was raised in Mexico where he began the violin. In 2014, he moved to Tucson, AZ for high school and he took viola lessons from Mr. Bourret. At the University of Arizona, Angel has taken lessons from professor Xiao, Roth, and Amato, teachers that had a significant impact in the way he plays and teaches music. Angel is currently studying viola under the tutelage of Dr. Gebrian, who has shared practicing and teaching techniques from her vast knowledge of music and neuroscience with Angel.




An avid musician and teacher, Carissa Powe started playing the violin when she was three years old and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. She has won multiple awards locally and nationally for her solo and chamber performances, and she made her debut solo performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra when she was 12 years old. Teaching is a passion she has been pursuing for the past 5 years, and in her free time she enjoys discovering contemporary classical artists and hiking.






Faculty members Mr. El, Mr. Jayden, and Ms. Maria perform Auld Lang Syne for three cellos.