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Nancy Perillo


Teaches Cello, Viola, Violin, Mandolin

Every mistake is an opportunity to learn.


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Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, Often in the pit orchestra with the Actor's Repertory theater in Simi Valley

Areas of Instruction

Cello, Viola, Violin, Mandolin

Performance Experience

Cellist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony since 2009, Frequently play for the Actor's Repertory Theater of Simi, Numerous gigs around town with small chamber groups


Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Strings (cello performance) from Cal State Univ. Northridge, PhD in Experimental Pathology from UCLA, Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from UCSB

Musical Interests

Love classical, folk, jazz, gypsy swing, and everything in between

About Nancy Perillo

Nancy Perillo holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Strings from California State University at Northridge. She received private cello instruction from Betty Woodyard, Dorothy Muggeridge, Emily Wright, Andrew Cook, and most recently, Dr. Diane Roscetti. Nancy has been a member of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and actively plays with several chamber groups. She is also a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). Her MTAC membership allows for her students to take advantage of the Certificate of Merit program, and other opportunities and materials available from the MTAC. She teaches cello for all levels, and beginning to early intermediate violin, viola, and mandolin.

Nancy began playing the cello at the age of nine. During her school years, she played with the Southwest Youth Symphony, the All-Southern California High School Honor Orchestra, and local chamber groups. While in college at the Univ. of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), she studied Biochemistry and continued to play her cello, performing with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the University Symphony. Nancy enjoyed studying both science and music, and decided to pursue a career in basic biomedical research, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from UCSB, and later a PhD in Experimental Pathology from UCLA. After several years working in basic biomedical research, she refocused her efforts back to music and her cello. She returned to college and completed her Bachelor of Music degree in 2015.

Nancy provides all of her students with a strong foundation of classical training, while also recognizing the unlimited potential of violin-family instruments, and encourages the creative exploration of any musical genre which provides inspiration to her students.

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