Victoria Krukowski, second and E-flat clarinet in Symphoria, was previously a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2011.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Victoria studied clarinet performance with Donald Montanaro of the Philadelphia Orchestra, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1993. In 1997, she earned a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Victoria was a frequent substitute musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra, touring the Far East in 1999, and was a member of the orchestra of the Opera Company of Philadelphia before joining the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2005, Victoria fulfilled a lifelong dream and travelled to Vienna, Austria, to visit the many historic musical sites of the city, including those of Mozart. Placing flowers on Mozart’s gravesite and hearing the organ once played by Mozart at Stephensdom Cathedral were among the many highlights of this trip-of-a-lifetime!
One of Victoria’s earliest memories is hearing the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra perform live. As a student, she was fortunate to have excellent music teachers and parents who regularly brought her to hear the orchestra perform.
As a member of Symphoria, Victoria enjoys the chance to perform live symphonic music with her incredibly talented and dedicated colleagues. A firm believer that Syracuse is a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family, Victoria feels that Symphoria fills the important role of bringing a live symphonic presence of seasoned performers and teachers into our community.
Born and raised in Syracuse, Victoria lives in Cicero with her husband, Dennis, and their seven special children, four of whom are adopted from China, and the youngest of whom is a newborn. In 2012, Victoria was instrumental in founding Symphoria’s Healing Harmonies Program, through which musicians of Symphoria play live music with therapeutic benefits for cancer and dialysis patients in Central New York. Victoria is also a Certified Music Practitioner, trained to play live therapeutic music at the bedside of hospitalized patients. In 2014, Victoria became the Therapeutic Music Coordinator at the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.