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About Tori Gillen

Tori Gillen
Tori Gillen
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Viola, Violin
Education: High school Diploma, Johns Creek High School Associates Degree, Georgia State University
Performance Experience: In addition to performing seasonally at school concerts, Tori has made special performances with her high school orchestra including The Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. (2012) and several chamber orchestra concerts across Italy where she also performed solo on violin (2014). She has additionally been hired by several venues to play for event cocktail hours. Currently she enjoys playing for family and friends as well as playing regularly in her church's worship band.
Teaching Experience: Tori began teaching as an independent contractor for Fulton County schools at Sandy Springs Charter Middle school where she remained for three years. She worked with violinists in the orchestra both individually and in group settings. She also helped assist with class field trips, concerts and auditions. She has also taught private lessons as a freelance instructor. She has been teaching at Music and Arts since March of 2022.
Teaching Philosophy: As classical instruments, Tori believes that each student needs a proper classical foundation in violin and viola technique to give them the most flexibility and potential with the instrument. However, as a lover of contemporary styles herself, she also likes to give her students the freedom to explore their musical interests as early and appropriate as possible. She has helped many of her students progress in classical technique while simultaneously learning the genre they most enjoy!

Get to know Tori Gillen

Tori was born and raised in John Creek, Georgia where she currently resides. Having grown up in a musical family she was introduced to its fundamentals at infancy through The Music Class programs. As a young girl she took piano lessons for several years, but became more interested in the violin when her elementary school's orchestra program introduced it to her. She began learning violin at the age of 9 and has been playing ever since for the last 17 years. In high school she was gifted a new violin by her parents and also began taking private lessons outside of school. She attended Johns Creek High School for 4 years from 2011-2015 where she was a member of the nationally recognized orchestra program led by Young Keun Kim. During her time in high school she played in the Sinfonia and Philharmonia level orchestras where she maintained positions as section leader as well as third chair, 1st violin by the end of her senior year. She also learned viola at this time. Under Mr. Kim's direction, she was given an exceptional education in music history, theory, technique and artistry as well as a variety of performance and service opportunities. She has performed professional scores in chamber and symphony orchestra settings across several musical genres including but not limited to classical, contemporary and fiddle. After graduating high school in 2015, she moved away from studying classical composers to explore more contemporary and pop works. She is especially fond of Lindsey Stirling and has mastered many of her original solos. 


Tori Gillen teaches at:
6010 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
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