Nora Friedman holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Brooklyn College with Masao Kawasaki. She has extensive violin teaching experience, including Suzuki training with Edward Kreitman, and many years working alongside Roberta Guaspari, Artistic Director of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Most recently, Ms. Friedman acted as the founding director of the violin program at the Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant. Before that she was the founding director of the Violin Program at the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx. She is on the violin faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and the Thurnauer School of Music at the JCC on the Palisades. In addition to having a passion for playing and teaching in the classical and Suzuki traditions, Ms. Friedman holds a special love for Old Time fiddling and improvisation, and she has traveled extensively in North America studying roots music. She has performed with many bands in addition to New York City orchestras.