Cellist and Western New York native, Adriana Maria Pera is excited to be a part of the UB community after a near 10-year career in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. As the new Academic Advisor for the Departments of Theatre, Dance and Music, Adriana hopes to bring her expertise as a teacher, advisor and curricular designer into her role to better serve the faculty and students. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University at Buffalo, Master of Music from the University of Toronto, studying with Jonathan Golove and Shauna Rolston, respectively. Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with David Hetherington of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and an Artist Diploma from Purchase College. When she’s not busy guiding the next generation of artists through their college careers, Adriana enjoys an active career as a cellist and amateur aerialist.