Fabiola Amorim


conservatory instructor
I create a relaxed environment where students are inspired to learn and explore their instrument and musical works.


Dr. Amorim maintains an active schedule as a concert violinist and educator. She holds a position of viola instructor at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music and adjudicates for festivals and competitions in Alberta. Since the publication of her 2018 doctoral thesis Echoes of the Brazilian Nationalism Movement in Four Works for Viola and Piano (1950-82), Amorim’s work has served as a reference for other researchers on Brazilian music for viola. She studied with Mr. Yerko Tabilo, Mr. Charles Stegeman, and Mr. Robert Becker.

She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, and participated in a number of music festivals and symposia in Brazil and United States including the Starling-Delay Symposium at The Juilliard School. Amorim has performed as principal viola and soloist with orchestras in Brazil, the United States, and Canada.

As a chamber musician she was a member of the Camerata Brasílica (Brazil) and the Villa-Lobos String Quartet (USA). She is also a founding member of the Vaughan String Quartet, which has performed in Canada, USA, France and Italy, and made its debut recording in 2018.


Fabiola offers private viola and violin lessons in-person at the Alberta College Campus and online for ages 7+ from beginner to advanced levels, including adults learning the instrument for the first time.

She hosts recitals and masterclasses partnered with violin instructor Vladimir Rufino to support her students’ performance abilities.

She shares her knowledge and experience of playing viola with her students as they endeavor to reach whatever their goals in performances, competitions, auditions, and examinations.

Request lessons with Fabiola to discuss lesson availability and rates.


  • University of Alberta - Doctorate Degree
  • Master Degree, Azusa Pacific University
  • Artist Diploma, Azusa Pacific University
  • Bachelor Degree, Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Performances / compositions / recordings

  • Debut: Violin and Viola Duets with violinist Vladimir Rufino
  • DMus Recording - Echoes of the Brazilian Nationalism Movement in Four Works for Viola and Piano (1950-82). (Canada)
  • Vaughan String Quartet CD Villa-Lobos, Runcini, Boi, Carlos Gomes
  • Vaughan String Quartet Concert for the Associazione Amici di Paganini / Associazione Amici del Monastero di Santa Chiara (Italy)

Awards / grants / fellowships

  • The Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award
  • The Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Scholarship
  • A prize winner at the Concurso Nacional de Música de Câmara(Londrina-2006)
  • Edmonton Arts Council grant for duet album (2021-2022)

Professional associations and memberships

  • A member of the Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba (Brazil)
  • Served as principal viola for the Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de João Pessoa (Brazil), Azusa
  • Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (USA), and University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (Canada)
  • A member of the Villa-Lobos String Quartet and the Camerata Brasílica

Boards and Committees

  • Conservatory of Music Committee (2019-2022)
  • Secretary, The Association of Independent Music Teachers at Alberta College” (AIMTAC) (2021-2022)