Linda Puroff-Tolias


Linda Puroff-Tolias received her BM in Viola and Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her MM in Viola Performance from Wayne State University. She studied Viola at the University of Michigan with Professor Francis Bundra. Her post graduate studies include Wayne State faculty and Detroit Symphony Orchestra violists David Ireland and Glenn Mellow. Ms. Tolias also studied with legendary Professor Paul Doktor of The Julliard School.

Linda has performed professionally throughout the state of Michigan. Linda served as Principal Violist of both the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and as Assistant Principal Viola for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Symphony Orchestra, the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and the Emerald Sinfonetta Chamber Ensemble. She has performed within the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, and has also accompanied such acclaimed talents as Sammy Davis Jr,. Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, and Tony Bennett.

Linda performs on both the viola and violin, and is highly regarded not only as a performer, but as contractor for both orchestral and recording session venues. Linda’s musical talents as an educator earned her the City of Dearborn’s prestigious Music Educator of the year award in 1998.

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