Ariana Varvaro


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Having been raised in a music loving household, Ariana grew up listening to a wide range of music, from Led Zeppelin’s classic 70’s albums to Debussy’s Nocturnes. Craving a way to create music for herself, at the age of 11 she decided to give the oboe a shot. From there, her passion led her being accepted into Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, further solidifying her passion.

In 2021, Ariana received her Bachelor’s in Oboe Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In 2022 she spent a short time at McGill University studying with Theodore Baskin. Additionally, she has studied privately with professionals such as Robert Weiner, Randall Ellis, and Gerard Schwarz. She has attended summer classical music intensive festivals such as Eastern Summer Music Festival and Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Searching for a change of pace, Ariana moved to Asheville in 2022 in hopes to explore the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Since then, she has played with the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Jazz Collective, Hendersonville Symphony, and has upcoming gigs with Clemson University.


As an educator, she strives to make lessons fun, engaging, and adaptive to the learning styles and needs of each student. During lessons, students will learn the complexities of classical music, while also learning ear training, music theory, improvisatory abilities, and of course, reed making! Ariana’s lessons will include aspects of study from both the classical and improv idioms to make sure every student is well versed in a variety of styles of music and has the tools to shape their own musical journey!

Ariana Varvaro | Teacher at Asheville Music School