Fiddler ~ Music Educator ~ Performing Artist

Hailing from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Malia comes from a large family of musicians. She began touring up and down the East Coast with her family when still a child, garnering performance experience, winning numerous prizes, and gaining a strong reputation in the regional music scene as a talented and versatile fiddler.


Now based in Swoope, Virginia, Malia divides her time between perorming and teaching. During the week, she can be found at the Front Porch Music School in Charlottesville where she is the Director of Music Education. On the weekends, you might find her in GA, WI, or any other state, performing as the fiddler for her sister's Mountain Home Label recording group, the Gina Furtado Project. She also performs locally solo and is a high-in-demand freelance musician in Central Virginia.

In addition to her role as Director of Music Education at the Front Porch, Malia taught continued education music classes at Blue Ridge Community College for three years, appeared on 2 Murphy Method Instructional DVDs, has taught many workshops and camps, laid tracks on innumerable albums, and was a 2018 Artist in Residence at Shenandoah National Park.


Latest Happenings...collaborating with other Front Porch teachers and an article in Fiddler Magazine!

Super Woman

For Women's Month this year, we did some song/video collaborations with some of the female staff at the Front Porch. It was SO MUCH fun and working with Devon Sproule (guitar) and Clara George (piano) was inspiring to say the least. Such bad asses!

New GFP Single

Latest from the Gina Furtado Project! We were back in the studio in

January and cut some of my favorite tracks we've done yet. Stay tuned for those!

Oh and hey, It Won't Be Me is number 1 on the Grassicana Charts this week. Thanks DJs!




Fiddler Magazine

I made it into Fiddler Magazine! I've geeked out over articles in this magazine and even made people listen to me read them excerpts (John Hartford writing about Benny Martin = awesome). What an honor to be included!