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February 2, 2010 / alunatunes

Meet Fonz Linney at The Playroom Academy

Alasondro “Fonz” Linney has been surrounded by music his entire life. As a child he grew up listening to his mother play piano in the church and at home. Over time he became actively involved with the music programs at his church in voice as well as piano. In the 4th grade, along with sports and friends, he decided to learn music. After playing the trumpet for awhile, he began the violin, which was to be his instrument of choice.

 Through his middle and high school years, he continued the violin as well as the viola. His primary instructor was Vartan Mamoogian and he also was coached under Eleane Richey. After attending several summer camps and music building classes, he decided to pursue the violin as a college major. He would later graduate with a Performing Arts Degree in Violin from The North Carolina School of the Arts. While earning his degree, he toured with the NC School of the Arts Orchestra through Europe and the United States from 1977 till 1979. After graduation, Alasondro joined the Alabama Symphony as a full time performer from 1980 to 1981. In 1981, he moved to Charlotte, NC and became a full time member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where he was from 1981 until 2004.

With over 25 yrs experience in performance with regional symphonies as well as here in Charlotte, he is a wealth of knowledge. His teaching experience includes not only 20+ yrs of private teaching, but also with Mecklenburg County Schools and various music stores. His teaching styles include Suzuki as well as traditional methods. He is joining the Playroom Academy staff as instructor in Violin, Viola, and Cello.

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