In addition to conducting a wide range of symphonic works and championing new and emerging composers, Tomaro’s opera performances include La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rape of Lucretia, Werther, Stravinsky’s Mavra, Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, Conrad Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons, and the world premiere of Enid Sutherland’s Daphne and Apollo Remade. In 2011, Tomaro shares a production of Carmen with Alejo Pérez at the Buenos Aires Lírica.
Having served as music director of the Central Kentucky Youth Symphony, Ms. Tomaro is a strong advocate of music education and an inspiring leader of younger musicians. She is highly sought after as a conductor of university and youth orchestras. Her award-winning live recording with The Phoniex Ensemble, “The Orchestra is Here to Play!” has become an instant classic with young audiences.
Recent prize winner of the 2010 International “Antonio Pedrotti” Conducting Competition, Ms. Tomaro’s honors include the Robinson Award, presented by the Conductor’s Guild, in 1998 and the Presser Award in 2006, which led her to Lucerne, Switzerland to observe and discuss conducting with Claudio Abbado. In 2004, she participated in the prestigious Jorma Panula masterclass in Berlin, Germany. The following year, Ms. Tomaro was chosen as a Fulbright scholar and returned to Berlin, where she had the honor of being a guest in the rehearsals of Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. In 2008, she was one of only four Americans invited to the 2nd Concurso Internacional “Jesús López Cobos” in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Tomaro was awarded an “outstanding woman conductor” grant by the League of American Orchestras in 2010.
Since beginning her musical studies at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Ms. Tomaro has worked with some of the world’s most recognized conducting pedagogues including Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, Mark Gibson, Larry Rachleff, and Jorma Panula.