viola teachers


helen orzel - viola

Helen Orzel grew up in a family of classical musicians and learned how to play many different instruments.  In college, she decided to focus on piano, but was convinced to continue to play violin and viola in different ensembles and orchestras.  After playing classical music in Germany and Serbia, she came back to the U.S. and  switched to jazz piano while still gigging as a classical string player.  She currently plays jazz piano, classical violin and viola in many bay area venues.

She has a Bachelor’s of performance and pedagogy from CSUN and a master’s degree from SJSU and has taught for 20 years.