Mrs. Daniela Gongora

Violin, Viola Teacher

Daniela Gongora

SAA Member


Norwalk, CT
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Daniela Gongora holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island. She began her studies at the Pallotti School of Music in Belize City, Belize where she eventually began a full time teaching career as the Director of the Pallotti School of Music from 1996-1999.
Ms. Gongora first went to Rhode Island as a participant and representative of her country in the World Scholar Athlete Games. Following that trip she received a Feinstein Scholarship to attend a school in the state of Rhode Island.
She has attended the Festival Pro Mundo Uno in Orvieto, Italy where she worked with Professor Michael Grube (Austria) and the International Music Festival held in Devon, England.
She was Concert Master of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra from 2006-2010. She has given chamber music performances in Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts, and internationally in Belize, Central America, and France. She performs as a free lance violinist and violist in Southern Connecticut and neighboring New York. 

She is currently the Director of the Daniela Gongora Music Academy located in Norwalk, CT. Her warm and patient yet persistent style of teaching has made her a highly reputable teacher. Her students have all received recognition in their own right as music scholarship recipients to universities. They have been accepted into advancement programs in conservatories such as The Jiulliard School and competitive summer programs such as the Sphinx Performance Academy. They have also received high marks (distinctions) on exams through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

She has received her Suzuki training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Pedagogues include Helen Brunner-Spira, Alice Joy Lewis, Ronda Cole, Susan Baer, Kathy Wood, Doris Preucil, Kimberly Meier-Simms and Thomas Wermuth.

Ms. Gongora began the Belize Music Project In the summer of 2001, a very important venture of sharing what she holds dear to her heart. This philanthropic project entailed hosting concerts and masterclasses in Belize with invited professors and students, as well as alumni from the Pallotti School of Music.

In 2020, she established and currently directs the Belize Suzuki Summer Institute which takes place in Belize in July. It’s first year was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but then hit the ground in summer of 2021. The goal of the institute is to give the students and teachers in Belize accessibility to training and higher music learning in the Suzuki Method.