Ms. Fornari graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a Bachelor of Music- Flute Performance degree and a Master’s degree from East Carolina University. While in North Carolina, she played piccolo with the North Carolina Symphony as an auxiliary member, and piccolo with the Raleigh Civic Symphony. Her primary teachers were Clement Barone (DSO),
Ervin Monroe (DSO), Britton Johnson (Baltimore Symphony), Robert Cole (Philadelphia Symphony) and Timothy Day (San Francisco Symphony) and her current mentors are Jeff Zook and Sharon Sparrow (DSO).
As a private flute instructor, Ms. Fornari teaches for Cranbrook Schools and maintains a private studio in Macomb and Oakland Counties in Michigan, as well as online with students of all ages around the country. She is also the woodwind chamber music and sectionals coach for the Oakland Youth Orchestras and an MSBOA adjudicator and a clinician and coach for sectionals and chamber ensembles for area high schools. When not teaching private lessons, she is rehearsing and performing with the International Symphony Orchestra on piccolo.
Teaching and playing flute is my life's dream. I seek out playing and coaching opportunities. I look for new music with different sounds and techniques. I strive to plan programs that keep audiences engaged and not wanting the performance to end. To me, music is the most expressive language there is. It brings people and cultures together, in happy and sad times. Music is a powerful means of communication and a vehicle from which to express feelings and emotions of all kinds. I truly live by this.