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Karl Orvik has taught violin and viola in numerous settings since 1997, and works easily with students of all ages and abilities.  Currently a member of the violin/viola faculty at the University of New Hampshire, he is also the string department Chair and violin/viola faculty at Powers Music School in Belmont, MA.  From 2011-2023 Mr. Orvik enjoyed a long relationship with the historic Community Music Center of Boston, where in addition to teaching he held several administrative roles, including most recently that of Associate Director of CMCB's Community Music School.  Previously, Mr. Orvik has served as Adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Stonehill College, Wisconsin Lutheran College and Alverno College, and from 2000-2005 he was Director and violin/viola faculty at the Milwaukee Center for Strings.  

He has a wide level of experience teaching in pre-college classroom environments, including multiple public schools in Boston, Dedham and Cambridge, MA.  As a Resident Musician with  musiConnects from 2014-2018, he taught private lessons, chamber music and orchestra classes to students in the Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston.  He was also the lead violin teacher at the Adams School in East Boston from 2011-2021, and has taught in similar roles at the Perry School in South Boston and the Conservatory Lab Charter School in the Brighton neighborhood.  


Mr. Orvik particularly enjoys coaching chamber and orchestral ensembles, and has served as faculty and guest artist at many summer music festivals, including Point Counterpoint in Vermont, the Chamber Music Workshop at UNC-Asheville in North Carolina, the Youth and Muse festival in Boston, and both the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska.  In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Mr. Ørvik has led recent master classes at the Rivers Conservatory and the Cape Conservatory, and has over twenty years of experience as a conductor and coach with several youth symphonies and string ensembles in Boston, Milwaukee and Green Bay.  He has been published in the ASTA Journal, and in 2014, he completed ​New Scale Method,​ an innovative scale book for advanced violinists and violists.

Links to Schools:

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

Powers Music School

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