Karin Kelleher, Violin

University of Cincinnati        College-Conservatory of Music         

Illinois State University           Magna cum Laude 

Kelleher Violin Studio 

  • Private Teacher, 35 years + 
  • Certificate for Outstanding Teaching; Kenosha Unified Schools, Kenosha WI 
  • Adjunct Professor of Violin; University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha WI 
  • Adjunct Professor of Violin/Chamber Music; Illinois Wesleyan University,   Bloomington IL 
  • The Juilliard School; Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies, New York NY 
  • Indiana University; Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers, Bloomington IN 
  • Workshop with Kurt Sassmannshaus; Certificate to Teach the Sassmannshaus Method 
  • Member of the American String Teachers Association


  • Woodstock Mozart Festival, Woodstock, IL
  • Racine Symphony Orchestra, Racine, WI
  • Washington Opera Society, Washington, DC 
  • Opera NOVA, Arlington, VA  
  • Prairie Ensemble, Urbana, IL  

Associate Concertmaster

  • Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha, WI  

Principal 2nd Violin 

  • Washington Concert Opera, Washington, DC 
  • Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, DC
  • Opera Illinois, Peoria, IL  

4th Chair, 2nd Violin 

  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown, MD

4th Chair, 1st Violin 

  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville, TN 

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin 

  • Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville, TN  

Violin Section 

  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Sub List, Milwaukee, WI 
  • Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis, MD  
  • Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, DC  
  • National Philharmonic, North Bethesda, MD  
  • Washington Concert Opera, Washington, DC  
  • Choral Arts Society, Washington, DC 
  • City Choir, Washington, DC
  • Choralis, Washington, DC
  • Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Milwaukee, WI  
  • Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee, WI 
  • Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, Waukesha, WI
  • Festival City Symphony, Milwaukee, WI
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin, IL  
  • Woodstock Mozart Festival, Woodstock, IL 
  • Sinfonia da Camera, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL  
  • Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Springfield, IL  
  • Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Peoria, IL
  • Oakridge Symphony and Opera Orchestra


  • Woodstock Mozart Festival 
  • Racine Symphony Orchestra 


  • Charity Solo Recital Series - Established 2014 
  • Illinois State University 
  • Illinois Wesleyan University 
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside 
  • Millikin University 
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Carthage College 
  • Creative Strings Quartet Series 
  • Illinois State University Faculty String Quartet 
  • Knoxville Symphony String Quartet  
  • Woodstock Mozart Festival Chamber Music Series


  • Karin & Mike Kelleher - Mélange: The Album 
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra - Copland: The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American Songs (Arr. for Chorus)
  • Sinfonia da Camera -                                                                                    “Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concertos Vol. I,” Zephyr, 1999:                                                 “Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Ravel: Piano Concerto,” Zephyr, 1999:              “Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concertos Vol. II,” Zephyr, 2001:                                                “Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concertos Vol. III,” Zephyr, 2004
  • Dick Brewer - It's All About Latin
  • David Arkenstone - Another Star in the Sky
  • COMING SOON: Maryland Symphony Orchestra - Sharon Ibsen, guitar: Brubeck Guitar Concerto