Meet the Staff

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Oren Kronick and Kathy Reilly

Vermont Violins and the Burlington Violin Shop are owned in partnership by the husband-wife team of Kathy Reilly and Oren Kronick.  They have together run the shop since its conception in 1994.  The pair met at Oberlin College where Kathy pursued a viola performance degree and Oren studied history in the college.   While Kathy pursued a Masters in Botany at the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program and Oren worked for entrepreneurial businesses in Vermont, the two merged their passions in the building of a violin shop in Central Vermont.  Teaching, Performing, and running a violin shop created a life rich in musical rewards as they devoted themselves to supporting a vibrant musical community in the state of Kathy’s childhood.

Outside of the shop, Kathy and Oren enjoy skiing, hiking with their dog Ziya, and taking care of their donkeys Dr. Sheffield, Holliana, and Satura at their home in the mountains of Duxbury.


Doug Reid

You'll find Doug greeting customers in West Lebanon and helping them along in their musical journey. As Vermont Violins resident electric violin expert, Doug is prepared to help you enter the world of electrics and get rocking!

Doug spent seven years as a featured performer with the Jim Stafford Show, in Branson, Missouri, where he was comedy writer, arranger, Music Director, and head of Special Effects.   Doug also performed for four years with the Paris Swing Orchestra of New York.  He returned home to Vermont in 1999 and resides in the Northeast Kingdom.  Doug plays in several Vermont-based bands, including Wild Accusations (rock) and Rick and the Ramblers (western swing).


ceile kronick

Ceile is in charge of our research and development for the V. Richelieu instruments. You can find him in our basement offices in Burlington working on the newest fractional violin and viola models.

Ceile has played violin his whole life, studying a mixture of both classical and traditional music. Lately Ceile has taken up an interest in sound engineering, and you can find him at local Burlington hot spots mixing popular bands. 

Outside of work, Ceile is an avid bowler and enjoys fiddling with the Young Tradition Touring group. 


Mary Reilly

Mary is Vermont Violin's package receiving expert. Keeping the rest of the employees in line, you can find Mary keeping our shipping and receiving in order. Outside of the shop, Mary is a master gardener and seamstress. 


Nathan Smith

With an extensive fiddle and classical background, Nathan comes to Vermont Violins after years playing professionally in Nashville. While in Nashville, Nathan recorded and played with Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Laura Bell Bundy, and Trisha Yearwood. After six years playing in orchestras, studio sessions, and chamber groups, Nathan escaped the southern heat and moved back north to Vermont.

You can find Nathan in the Burlington store running the website, designing posters, and coordinating the billing department. 

When not in the shop, Nathan enjoys hiking Vermont's smallest mountains and skiing Mad River Glen. 


Luisa Lopez

Raised in New York, Luisa recently moved to Vermont where she works the front end of the Burlington shop, setting up customers with their rental instruments and facilitating the day-to-day flow of the store. Classically trained in piano from age three, she studied violin as a student and most recently picked up the guitar. When not at work, she can be found writing, hiking, and doing her best not to kill her houseplants. 


Ziya reilly

The brains behind our whole operation, Ziya works both as a motivational figure and shop security officer. You can find her sleeping all day in the basement, or seeking attention from every customer to walk through the door.