Karl Orvik

String Department Chair

Violin/Viola, chamber music

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Karl Orvik joined Powers Music School as String Department Chair and Violin/Viola faculty in August of 2023. Since 1997 he has taught at numerous music schools and summer music festivals throughout the country and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. In addition to pre-college teaching, Karl has extensive experience at the collegiate level as well and currently is a member of the violin/viola faculty at the University of New Hampshire. As an administrator, he has held leadership roles at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Milwaukee Center for Strings, and the Dedham School of Music. Most recently, Karl was the Associate Director of the Community Music School at the Community Music Center of Boston.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Karl is the violinist of the New Hampshire Trio, and a former violinist with the Boston Public Quartet and Stonehill College’s resident faculty ensemble, the Stonehill Trio. As the founding violinist of Trio Klaritas, he has appeared in concert at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, and in a 2010 concert tour of South Korea. He is the author of several pedagogical books and articles, including New Scale Method, an innovative scale book for advanced violinists and violists. Mr. Ørvik has studied with many distinguished violinists and chamber musicians, including Roman Totenberg, Stephen Majeske, Calvin Wiersma, and members of the Muir, Cleveland, Cavani, and Fine Arts string quartets. He holds performance degrees from Lawrence University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Boston University.

Fun Facts

Karl plays soccer in Acton every Wednesday night (after teaching of course!)