A native of San Diego, Santa Maria Pecoraro is Orchestra Manager of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, where she is also a member of the viola section. As an experienced grants and finance manager, she also holds the position of Administrative Manager in the Laboratory of Virology & Infectious Disease at The Rockefeller University.
Ms. Pecoraro has also performed with numerous orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including Staten Island Philharmonic, Adelphi University Symphony, Brooklyn College-Conservatory Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of Rome and Opera Festival di Roma, Orvieto Festival Orchestra, Stuttgart Ballet Orchestra, Filarmónica Internacional de las Californias, Orquesta de Baja California and Tijuana Opera Orchestra. She has also performed for several films, including Legend of 1900 (under Ennio Morricone and Cinecitta Orchestra di Roma), Kate & Leopold, and several Hallmark Channel movies.
Ms. Pecoraro holds degrees from the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. Her principal teachers have been Evan N. Wilson (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Mary Gerard (San Diego Symphony). Her orchestral experience began at the age of thirteen with the San Diego Youth Symphony.