Janet Orenstein

My style of teaching reflects a heartfelt desire to help students learn and grow to their fullest potential. I work with students to develop a solid technique in the fundamentals of playing the violin, and expose them to a variety of musical styles and interpretations. I encourage students to develop support networks among themselves, to collaborate in solving problems they encounter in their practicing, and to never stop asking questions. I set manageable goals and help students understand the practicality of consistent practice. I feel there is no improvement too small to be recognized and praised.



  • Artist-in-Residence, UVA, 1996-2001
  • Greensboro Symphony, 2007-present
  • Assistant Concertmaster, Greensboro Symphony, 2013-14
  • Frequent guest artist on the Sitkovetsky and Friends chamber Series
  • Adjunct Professor of Violin at UNCG, 2003-2007
  • Interim Professor of Violin, UNCSA, 2012-13
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, 200-hour certificate
  • Masterclasses with Sandor Vegh and Nathan Milstein

Career Highlights

  • Violinist of the Guild Trio for Twelve years, involving tours throughout the United States and Europe.
  • Solo tour throughout Africa as winner of the USIA Duo Competition.
  • First solo recital in almost seventeen years in 2013, after working to recover from focal dystonia.
  • Artist faculty, Performing Arts Institute, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Artist faculty, International Music festival of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy, 2014   

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Two-time winner, USIA Competition for chamber music and solo playing
  • Winner, Chamber Music yellow Springs


  • Director of SummerStrings@UNCSA
  • Member, American String Teachers Association
  • Congregant, Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, NC


BA and MAJuilliard

DMASUNY Stony Brook