Karen Pring has had a life-long passion for playing the violin. She began taking lessons at the age of nine and has enjoyed playing in orchestras, small groups and as a solo performer ever since. She loves working with students and maintains a growing violin studio in Superior.
She was actively involved in music throughout her college years continuing her studies with Marcia Henry Liebenow and Walter Olivares and performing as a member of the Missoula Symphony, Glacier Symphony Orchestra and the University of Montana Orchestra. For the past 29 years, she has been a first violinist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and has served as the JSO Marketing Chair for many years. She has also played in a contemporary Christian band for over 12 years.
She is currently completing a Suzuki Violin Pedagogy Certificate graduate program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She has registered training in Suzuki Books 1-5 and will complete Books 6-8 this spring.
Karen feels privileged to have had both of her daughters start violin lessons at an early age through the Boulder Suzuki Strings program and continue through their high school years. She has traveled with the Boulder Suzuki Strings Tour Group to Costa Rica in 2014, 2016 and 2018. By being her daughters’ “at-home” teacher, she has gained a great deal of insight into the many benefits and occasional challenges involved in having a child learn the violin.
Karen is also a Certified Professional Photographer and enjoys tap dancing.