Artistic Director and Conductor
Daniela Giulia Pierson is a music teacher, director, and performer based in Philadelphia. In addition to directing MSO, she teaches violin at the University of Pennsylvania and maintains a private studio of elementary and high school students.
She is principal violist of Tempesta di Mare and has performed on violin or viola with many early music ensembles including New Trinity Baroque, Early Music New York, Harmonious Blacksmith, Clarion Music Society, New York Collegium, La Rocinante, and Washington Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared at the Magnolia Baroque and Newburyport Festivals, Festival Internacional de Música Barroca de Barichara, and as a guest artist with Chatham Baroque.
Ms. Pierson grew up in Philadelphia, attended Greenfield, McCall, Masterman, and Central High School, studied at Settlement Music School and was a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Urban Studies, she moved to Italy and began working with an Italian traditional music ensemble. Over the next several years she toured as a violinist, percussionist, and dancer with several groups based in Rome and New York City. On her return to classical music, she studied with Karen Ritscher at Mannes College of Music on full merit scholarship, and early music with Marilyn MacDonald, Cynthia Roberts, and Riccardo Minasi.
Maura DiBerardinis is a music teacher, conductor and performer based in Philadelphia. In addition to coaching the upper strings with MSO, she is the general music teacher at Comly Elementary where she teaches 500 children each week and leads two choral ensembles. She also has a private studio of violin and piano students.
Maura, grew up in Philadelphia and has a great love for the city. She is a product of the Philadelphia School District, having attended Meredith Elementary and The High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Her violin studies led her to Settlement Music School and later to Temple University, where she received a degree in Music Education. She later went on to pursue a Masters of Arts in Education at Arcadia University and recently received her Orff Schulwerk Certification, which is a method of teaching that has heavily influenced her instrumental and general music instruction.
From a very young age Maura knew she wanted to be an educator. It wasn’t until middle school that she knew music would be at the heart of it. She finds her work to be incredibly fun and rewarding, and looks forward to the new school year.
Talia Yellin Fisher
Talia has bachelor's degrees in music and Judaic Studies from Tufts University and a master's degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She has worked as marketing manager for the American Symphony Orchestra League, communication and development manager for Healthy NewsWorks, publicity associate for ICM Artists, and as a marketing consultant at various arts and nonprofit organizations. Talia is also an active musician in the Philadelphia area, having been classically trained in piano. She regularly plays in orchestras with The Philadelphia Chorus, Narberth Community Theatre, the Adath Israel Players, and others. She is also an experienced rehearsal pianist and accompanist. In her role at Musicopia, Talia is thrilled to be a part of a team that brings the joy and benefits of music to Philadelphia-area children.
PMAY Artist Student Advocate
Hannah Jordan is a strings teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. She graduated from Temple University's Boyer College of Music with a degree in Music Education. Hannah has taught studios in Bucks and Chester County, as well as group classes through Temple's Community Music Scholars' program. In 2019, she was awarded the Music Education Certificate of Merit by Dr. Rollo Dilworth.
Hannah performed with the Grammy-nominated Temple Symphony Orchestra and studied violin with Mei-Chen Barnes of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, and throughout Greater Philadelphia. As both an educator and musician, Hannah believes strongly in the mission of Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) organizations, like the School District of Philadelphia and Musicopia, to provide high-quality music instruction to every student.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Ashley Vines started her music studies in elementary school and began studying viola in high school. Ashley completed her Bachelors in Music Performance from Temple University’s Boyer College in 2014 and studied with Renard Edwards. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance musician, teaching artist for Musicopia, Tune Up Philly, and conductor through Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program. Ashley recently won the IRIS Orchestra Artist Fellowship audition and moved to Memphis, TN in August of 2016 to become an IRIS Artist Fellow. She works as a music mentor to the students at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary and is the violist in IRIS Orchestra’s newest chamber ensemble C3Strings. Ashley plays on a 2011 Robert Brode viola.
Cellist Andrea Weber has been living and working in the Philadelphia region as a teacher and performer since 2005. Ms. Weber holds a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Temple University, which led to her work in the area; she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with cellist David Ying of the Ying Quartet. Other cellists with whom she has studied include Gloria DePasquale, Jeffrey Solow, Andres Diaz, and Luis Garcia Renart.
Ms. Weber currently teaches for the Musicopia String Orchestra, various ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization including Prysm Young Artists and Tune Up Philly, and directs her own private cello studio. In 2013 Ms. Weber was named the Lower School String Ensemble Specialist at Friends Select School, where she directs the 3rd Grade and 4th Grade string orchestras.
Ms. Weber is a diverse cellist who performs both classical and alternative music throughout the region. She has performed in the Lancaster Symphony, Symphony in C, The Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and is a founding member of the Elysium String Quartet. Her improvisation and part writing work as an alternative cellist has led her to perform at nationally acclaimed venues such as World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Queen in Wilmington, the Painted Bride, the Tin Angel, the Bethlehem MusikFest, the Dewey Beach Music Fest, and Philadelphia FolkFest. Her collaborations with local songwriters, composers, and bands have been aired on local, national, and international radio; her current discography includes records from 20 original local artists.