Mrs. Tonia N. Pilliod
Viola, Violin Teacher
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Ms. Pilliod started on piano at age 6, and began her violin training as a 5th grade Suzuki student in the Milwaukee Public School system in 1979. She discovered the dulcet tones of the viola in high school, and won a full scholarship to Southern Methodist University as a performance major, graduating with her Masters in Viola Performance. Ms. Pilliod held principal viola positions with the Richardson Symphony, the Carrolton Chamber Orchestra, and the East Texas Symphony before taking a year to play in the Savannah Symphony, where she became active in their Chamber Music Outreach program. Upon returning to Texas, Ms. Pilliod returned to her Suzuki roots, and began her teacher training while teaching privately in the schools, as well as performing as a freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Ms. Pilliod is currently Assistant Principal of the East Texas Symphony in Tyler, Texas, and also plays regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Amidst this busy freelance career, Ms. Pilliod finds time to teach a studio of over 40 violin and viola students, all the while corralling a very active 5 year old boy into Pre-twinkle violin lessons.