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Karen Allendoerfer

Belmont, Massachusetts

Karen joined Violinist.com on Jun 14, 2006

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I started violin when I was 7, in a public school program. I played violin throughout school and in college. I also studied violin for a school year in (then West) Berlin, Germany, at the Leo-Borchard-Musikschule.

I was a member of the Williamsville District Orchestra and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, in high school, the Princeton University Orchestra in college, and the Occidental-Caltech Symphony as a postdoc.

I had two major breaks from playing violin, both lasting about 7 years, one to get a PhD in Neuroscience and one to have kids. I started playing violin again about 6 years ago, and have added viola. I am drawn to the sound and orchestral role of the viola and hope to become more proficient in that instrument.

I joined the the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra in Fall, 2007, and I play violin and occasionally viola with that group.

My 14-year-old daughter started violin in public school in 3rd grade after a mixed Suzuki experience. I tried to coach her at home for about a year. I also have a 10-year-old son who plays the cello.

Locally one of my favorite places to perform is at the Belmont Farmers' Market.

The Mystic String Quartet, named for the Mystic River Valley and Lakes:

From Mystic String Quartet

I have a PhD in neuroscience and work as a science educator in the Greater Boston area.

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