Virginia Barron, Executive Director and Co-Founder
For the past 35 years, Virginia has taught violin and viola to students of all ages and abilities. A native of Toronto, Virginia received her training at the University of Toronto and the Manhattan School of Music. An experienced orchestral player, Virginia has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She has been a regular substitute player with the Chicago Symphony for 23 years, and has gone on six international tours with the orchestra, playing under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti.
Virginia has served the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for the past 25 years as performer, teacher and Associate Director. She has taught viola, violin and chamber music at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and Roosevelt University in Chicago. In addition to her work at Buffalo String Works, Virginia can be heard frequently as a program host on Buffalo’s classical music radio station, 94.5 WNED. When not playing or teaching, she is an aspiring dressage rider (on her draft-cross horse Harvey), gardener and cook.
Yuki Numata Resnick, Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Yuki Numata Resnick has been an active violin teacher for the last ten years and is so proud of all she and her colleagues have achieved with Buffalo String Works!
In addition to teaching, Yuki maintains an active performance career and has performed as a soloist with the Knoxville Symphony, New World Symphony, the University at Buffalo’s Slee Sinfonietta, the Wordless Music Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra. An active freelancer, Yuki is a member of the Talea Ensemble and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). She performs frequently with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Ms. Numata Resnick holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers include Andrew Jennings, Zvi Zeitlin and Gwen Thompson. In addition to music, the two loves of Yuki’s life are her husband and son, Kyle and Ko. This threesome finds as much time as they possibly can for family naps, raucous playtime, and of course, plenty of music-making!
Elise Alaimo Golove, Co-Founder
Elise Alaimo Golove specializes in putting instruments into the hands of children and seeing the happiness in their faces! In addition to teaching students of all ages, she leads workshops for teachers in the arts, and has created several arts enrichment organizations to fill needs for music in the community. Elise founded and directed Northern Lights Children's Multi-Arts Center and co-founded City Strings, a Buffalo youth string orchestra. In her teaching, she uses movement, puppetry, and storytelling to engage students' imaginations and provide a context for songs and musical concepts. She continues her lifelong study of music actively, having completed more than 200 hours in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Music Learning Theory. Elise most recently completed two piano courses at Juilliard and has maintained a private piano studio for more than 30 years. Permanently certified by the State of New York (Music, K-12), she received a BFA degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Elise served two years as co-director of Buffalo String Works after co-founding the program with Ginny and Yuki. She is currently on leave from the Buffalo Public Schools, teaching Elementary General Music at Compass Charter School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Michael Christiano, president
Anthony O'Rourke, treasurer
Bob Berkman, secretary