Originally from New York City, Rona received her Bachelor and Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music. She has performed and toured throughout North America and Europe as well as the Middle East and Japan with many ensembles including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto) , Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Lukes (New York), City Musick (Chicago), Elora Festival Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Nota Bene Baroque Barqoque Players (K-W) and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. As a chamber musician, Rona was longtime founding member and first violinist of Toronto’s Windermere String Quartet a core member of Toronto’s Talisker Players, and continues to collaborate on chamber music projects from early to new music at various venues and festival in Ontario. Her recording credits include Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Analekta, Pipistrelle, Newport Classics and MHS/ Musicmasters.
Rona was delighted to join the faculty of the Beckett School in Fall of 2015. For over twenty years, she has taught violin to all levels from young beginner to advanced adults. Rona has been a faculty member at CAMMAC Lake MacDonald, Music at Port Milford, Queens College Preparatory School, and the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music as well as maintaining a private violin studio in Toronto. Formerly coach of the Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto, she is currently coach of the K-W Community Baroque Players and frequently in demand as chamber coach.
Rona and her husband Ray moved to Waterloo in 2014, where they welcomed their playful goldendoodle pup, Sasha. Rona also enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, theatre and films and some volunteer pursuits