Venezuelan violinist María José Romero Ramos is an active performer and pedagogue passionate about the historical performance practice of all eras as well as high quality music education as a tool for social empowerment. Maria started her musical training in Valencia, Venezuela as part of El Sistema, and she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Violin at Indiana University. As her mentors and inspiration, Maria has had Julia Bushkova and Kevork Mardirossian on the modern violin, Cynthia Roberts and Stanley Ritchie on the baroque violin, and Mimi Zweig in her pedagogical training. She has recently performed with Musica Angelica, New Vintage Baroque, International Chamber Players and Fantasmi Baroque Ensemble in Vietnam, Princeton Baroque Festival Orchestra, Mountainside Baroque, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Orchester Wiener Akademie in Austria, and the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. Maria is an alumni of the Sphinx Competition, having worked with the Sphinx Organization to promote diversity in the arts and performed in venues such as the Isaac Stern Hall in Carnegie Hall with the Sphinx Virtuosi. She is on the violin faculty at the Indiana University Pre-College String Academy in Bloomington, Indiana, where she works alongside a team of outstanding pedagogues, including Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner. Maria joined the MusAid team in 2013, and she has since then enjoyed working as teacher and coordinator at socially-minded music schools around the world contributing to their long-term sustainability.