Artistic Faculty

Eric Boruff - music director

Mr. Boruff grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing the violin at the age of nine. Shortly thereafter, Eric began in depth music theory and composition studies. In 2010, after teaching privately for a year, he volunteered to re-organize and direct the orchestra for his high school, which he directed for three years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music education, Eric moved to Charlotte where he now operates one of the largest violin-exclusive lesson studios in the area. In January of 2019, Mr. Boruff accepted the position of music director and president of the board of directors.

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Danielle Cuntapay - director, Prelude Strings

Danielle Cuntapay, a proud North Carolinian, grew up outside the Raleigh area in Wake Forest. Passionate about music even as a child, she began her music studies on piano before moving onto violin and viola as a teen. Growing up, she was heavily involved with Duke University Strings School where she played in various string chamber groups and played viola in the Youth Symphony. After finishing high school, Danielle attended Appalachian State University, where she served as Secretary and President of the American String Teachers Association chapter. In the Fall of 2020, Ms. Cuntapay graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, a minor in Media Studies, and a Viola Performance Certificate. Ms. Cuntapay now serves as the Orchestra Director of Bailey and Francis Bradley Middle Schools.

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Andrew Fierova - director, Brass Ensemble

Praised for his “verve and stylistic excellence” (The Post and Courier–Free Times), Mexican-American horn player Andrew Fierova has performed in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, and Austria. Mr. Fierova currently fills the assistant/utility horn chair in the Charlotte Symphony and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Charleston Symphony. Mr. Fierova maintains a private studio of students from middle school through adult and is on faculty at Davidson College. His former students have been accepted into The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Indiana University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Alabama, Duke University, Appalachian State University, University of Pennsylvania, Radford University, and The University of New Mexico. Mr. Fierova has had the pleasure of presenting master classes at The University of Texas at Austin and University of South Carolina and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and University of South Carolina.

Section Coaches

Kristin Pecoraro – Winds