Janet Orenstein

Violin faculty Janet Orenstein's style of teaching reflects a heartfelt desire to help students learn and grow to their fullest potential. Orenstein works 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. Orenstein encourages students to develop support networks among themselves, to collaborate in solving problems they encounter in their practicing, and to never stop asking questions. 


  • Greensboro Symphony, 2007-present
  • Assistant Concertmaster, Greensboro Symphony, 2013-2014
  • Interim Professor of Violin, UNC School of the Arts, 2012-2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Violin at UNC Greensboro, 2003-2007
  • Artist-in-Residence, University of Virginia, 1996-2001
  • Frequent guest artist on the Sitkovetsky and Friends chamber Series
  • Masterclasses with Sandor Vegh and Nathan Milstein
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, 200-hour certificate

Career Highlights

  • Violinist of the Guild Trio for 12 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, Penn.
  • 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 the Summer Strings program at UNCSA
  • American String Teachers Association, member
  • Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, congregant


D.M.A.SUNY Stony Brook

M.A.The Juilliard School

B.A.The Juilliard School