Music Education Major at Rowan University
Class level: College Junior
Nayyirah Wood started her venture with string instruments at the age of seven in the second grade, when she started playing the violin. She trained with this instrument for five years, and in the seventh grade, she transitioned to the viola. In June 2020, Nayyirah graduated from the High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), where she is the second chair in the viola section of the orchestra. Now, she is attending Rowan University as a Music Education Major.
In High School, she held her passion by being involved in several music programs during each school year. Not only was she accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for You for five years, but Nayyirah was also the principal violist at the end of her senior year of High School. In the Summer of 2018, accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) and was in the Chamber Players Orchestra. Further, she was a student at the Philadelphia Youth Artist Orchestra and a member of the All-City Philadelphia High School Orchestra.
Throughout her high school career, she has had several mentors and influences. In her Freshman year, she had the pleasure of being taught by Adelya Shagidullina at CMSP, where she developed more control over her craft. In her Sophomore year, she was instructed by Yecheskel Francis at CMSP, where she learned different genres of music and the functionality of music in any given period. In the Summer of 2018, Nayyirah was instructed by Michael Casimir at the Curtis Institute. He assisted her with audition pieces and helped her understand the emotion in these pieces. From the Summer of 2018 to 2020, at Temple Prep, she was trained by Sam Quintal from the Jasper String Quartet. She continued to focus on audition pieces, intonation, and rhythm. During the fall of 2019, was trained by Philadelphia Orchestra Member Marvin Moon to help her with the upcoming college audition. Now at Rowan University, she was taught by Dr. Timothy Schwarz and Dr. Ana Tsinadze in learning how to improve her craft to become a future educator.
Hello, I am Nayyirah Wood, a Music Education Major at Rowan University. I have been part of the Viola Bank since January 2021, and my experience with the American Viola Society made my college level grow in my last two tears of school much more accessible than when I first started college. Before I joined the Viola Society, I was using the same viola I got in 2016 when I first started High School; I could not afford to get the size I needed, and I was afraid of was something I did not have throughout my time in High School through College. When my professor Dr. Schwarz brought up the Viola Society, I could not believe him for a second until I got an email, then I shortly got a viola after. In the last two years, I have gone from a 15 ½ to 15 ¾ to now my perfect size viola 16 inches. Something that all; my teachers have told me the size I needed was something I did not believe until I played it. I would not have had that opportunity like this without The American Viola Society, now, I am moving toward my Senior Recital this coming year, and I am excited to see what my first Solo Recital will be like and hope for what the future offers.