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.


Guinness harley

Guinness Harley began playing the violin at age 4 as a Suzuki student in Vermont, and was a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for many years. He studied at St. Andrews University, adding traditional Scottish music to his mostly Classical and Irish repertoire. He is a trained Suzuki violin and viola teacher, also giving instruction in traditional music.

Aside from his passion for the violin, Guinness loves to ski, kayak, garden, and hike around New England and beyond. He currently resides in southern New Hampshire, and when not playing music, he can often be found exploring the beautiful wilderness of the area.


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. 


Johanna Taylor

Johanna began studying violin at the age of 6 and was a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Fiddleheads for many years. She studied Pedagogy at Wheaton College Conservatory. She is a trained classical and Suzuki teacher. She taught at an international school in Germany for four years and played in a German orchestra during her time there.

When Johanna isn’t teaching or working on marketing for the shop, you can find her out playing with her bluegrass band, “Sweet Potato Sunshine”. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and West coast swing dancing.


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.