Violinist Aimee Toomes Lopez, a Washington DC native, joined the San Antonio Symphony in 2008. Prior to that she performed for four years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During her time with the New World Symphony, Aimee enjoyed opportunities to work with such artists as the Orion Quartet, Robert Spano, and Gil Shaham; and to perform at such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Opera Comique de Paris. She has performed with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts. A lover of Baroque and Renaissance music, Aimee is a founding member of the Collegium Noctuarum ensemble at Rice University. She has appeared in solo recitals in Houston, Baltimore and Washington DC. Aimee received her Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of Music. Her major teachers were Kathleen Winkler, Violaine Melancon, and Shirley Givens. Aside from loving her job, Aimee enjoys teaching her students, designing and sculpting decorative cakes, and any activity out-of-doors.