String Lessons

Choosing String Music Lessons in South Jersey is made easy by The Conservatory of Musical Arts. We work with the finest classical, jazz and studio musicians in the tristate area!

Whether you take advantage of any of the specialty music programs, private music lessons, semi-private music lessons or in-home music programs you can feel safe knowing that each of the teachers we work with has years of experience providing students with outstanding results.

Ian Hoblitzell -String InstructorIAN HOBLITZELL – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Violin/Viola – 
Ian Hoblitzell is a violinist and violist from the Philadelphia/South New Jersey area.   Chamber musician, experienced section leader, studio musician and music educator Ian spends his days both creating and teaching music.  Ian is an alumnus of Rowan University located in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Subject Matter Education in 2013 with Summa Cum Laude honors.  While attending Rowan, Ian acted as Concertmaster of the University Orchestra and String Ensemble for the 2012-2013 academic year.  His professional performing career includes working with the following organizations: Concertmaster for Bella Canta Productions LLC, studio musician for the group “The Greenfields”, Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, The Greater South Jersey Chorus, Camerata Philadelphia Orchestra (China tour in 2012), Philadelphia String Quartet, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey (PSNJ), Bonilla String Quartet, Party of Three, Four Strings Entertainment, Orvieto International Orchestra and The Jersey Shore Pops.

In 2009 he was appointed to the position of Principal Second Violinist of the PSNJ where he sits presently.  Since 2014 Ian has held the position of full-time Director of Elementary Strings in Washington Township School District of Sewell, NJ.  In addition to frequently performing, Ian has been consistently teaching private violin and viola lessons since 2009.  Many of his middle and high school students have auditioned and been accepted into the All-South Jersey Orchestra annually. He tailors each lesson to the students’ individual needs to ensure the best possible experience for each student.

teachingportrait1ANDRIANA MARKANO – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Violin/Viola –
 A native of South Jersey, Andriana is a highly regarded violist and violinist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Her performance career spans many genres including country, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and classical music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Hugh Partridge, a disciple of William Primrose. While at UNC, Andriana served as principal violist of the UNC Symphony, and was one of three students selected to perform with the European Union Youth Orchestra during their 2012 tour of the U.S. She has also studied with Rachel Ku of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the late Tony Simmons. She has performed alongside members of R.E.M., The Posies, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, The dB’s, as well as tour dates with Joan Osborne. Andriana is an active studio session player, and can be heard on many newly released albums. She has also performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio broadcast. Most recently, she has been working with country artist Lisa Matassa, and has opened for major country recording artists including Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, and Ronnie Dunn. Andriana is also a Teaching Artist at Philadelphia’s El Sistema based program, Play On, Philly! and is on the faculty at Rowan University Prep.

 ANTHONY PIROLLO – Studio Instructor
Cello – Anthony Pirollo, Cellist, attended the Philadelphia Music Academy where he studied with William de Pasquale and George Harpham and Claus Adam. Mr. Pirollo has performed as guest principal cellist with the Houston opera for Jose Carerras as well as for its world premiere of Meredith Monk’s opera “Atlas”. He has appeared as principle cellist for many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathas, Sammy Davis Jr and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zepplin to name a few. In 1990 he co-founded Bel Canto Opera Company in which he serves as associate musical director and conductor. Mr. Pirollo has composed for various groups in the Philadelphia area and is currently principle cellist of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra as well as principle cellist of the Atlantic City Music Union.