Kerry Kavalo is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is thrilled to be Symphony Nova Scotia’s Assistant Principal Viola. Prior to joining Symphony Nova Scotia, Kerry was a viola fellow with the New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy, in Miami Beach, Florida. He has served as Principal Viola under many renowned conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Bernard Labadie, and Lorin Maazel. Summer festival appearances include Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Spoleto Festival USA. Kerry has been a prizewinner of numerous solo competitions including the Ohio Viola Society, Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh, and the Alexander & Buono International String Competition as a member of the Konova String Quartet. Kerry thoroughly enjoys his opportunities through Symphony Nova Scotia to share the joys of music outside the concert hall, performing in schools and other cultural institutions. As a fellow at the New World Symphony, Kerry taught as part of the Young Artist Program, offering students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds private music lessons. Recipient of the Horace and Marie Arnold Viola Award, Kerry earned a Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Lynne Ramsey and Jeffrey Irvine. In addition to being an active volunteer with the Ecology Action Centre and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Kerry proudly serves on the Board of the Blue Nose Marathon. In his free time, Kerry enjoys copious amounts of great coffee and being an enthusiast of healthy living!
Kerry is serving as a Musician Representative on the Board.