Carina Voly is the cello master teaching artist for the SDSU String Academy. Her trajectory in the music education field includes directorships at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as Director of Chamber Music, the Prelude Music Academy, New World Symphony and San Diego Youth Symphony. In addition to these roles, she has taught string pedagogy and cello masterclasses as a guest artist at Conservatories and Universities in the U.S., Italy, Malta, Chile and Argentina. Carina has maintained a large private cello studio; her students have continued their education at universities and conservatories such as Eastman, Longy and Lawrence, among others. Her philosophy, influenced by teachers and mentors like Uri Vardi, Janet Jensen, Shmuel Magen and Mimi Zweig, includes teaching high standards, using positive reinforcement, building of a non-judgmental environment, all with a total dedication to the belief that music should be an integral part of any child’s education and upbringing regardless of socio-economic background. Carina has performed everything from chamber and orchestral to folk and world music with orchestras and chamber groups around the world. As co-founder and member of the Crossroads Trio she performs world music and recorded a CD, "Roots". She started her cello studies in her native Buenos Aires (Argentina), and holds degrees in cello performance and pedagogy from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.