Pam Arnstein has been a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra since 1983, the same year she won first prize in the WAMSO Young Artist Competition. She has been a member of both violin sections, performed as soloist and chamber musician, and is an avid participant in the orchestra’s education programs. Pam has been the coordinator of the Symphonic Adventures concerts in metro-area high schools since 2013.
A native of Fargo with parents who were professional musicians, Arnstein had lessons at Concordia College with Isabelle Thompson, a pupil of Ivan Galamian. Pam went on to earn degrees at the University of Illinois, where she was a student of the great pedagogue Paul Rolland, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying with Norman Paulu of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Now, in turn, Pam teaches privately and gives classes and presentations to young people. Each year Ms. Arnstein enjoys leading sectional rehearsals for the violinists in MYS and GTCYS. She also volunteers as a violin teacher after school at Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary in north Minneapolis.
Trying her hand at composing, Pam wrote a group of six solo violin pieces called “Sketches”. Most recently she has written technical exercises: “Pinky Pushups” for the fourth finger, and “Distilled Violin” for improving intonation.
In Pam’s spare time she drinks lots of black tea, cares for her flower gardens in the summer, and sews and quilts to survive the winter. With her partner she enjoys canoeing and showshoeing as well as traveling to visit family.