Meet the Staff
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 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.
We’re excited to welcome Rachel to our team in Burlington. An avid cellist, Rachel played throughout her high school years in Montpelier (born and bred!) and participated in the Green Mountain Youth Symphony for many years. She has extensive retail experience and has the distinction of being the first roller-derby cellist we have ever met! She’ll be working at the front counter in Burlington as our anchor there and we are already enjoying her warm personality and great spirit. Stop by and say hi!
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. He continues to remain an active musician and is currently a freshman at Carlton College in Minnesota.
Outside of work, Ceile is an avid bowler and enjoys fiddling with the Young Tradition Touring group.
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.
Linda joined our team following a move up from Florida to “retire” in the Green Mountains. She has extensive experience working with violin shops in Florida as a Store Manager for two large violin and music stores. She plays and teaches traditional fiddle having played since she was a bairn of seven. She plays bluegrass and traditional Irish and performed regularly with the Bean Pickers in Florida. Linda is supporting our staff at the Burlington Shop and coordinating our rental program.
The brains behind our whole operation, Ziiy3yahhha (pronounced Ziya) works both as a motivational figure and shop security officer (watch out: she can lick you to distraction). You can find her sleeping all day in the basement, or seeking attention from every customer to walk through the door.