Janet Farrar-Royce has been a professional classical violist and private and public school string teacher for over 30 years. She was one of the original MENC On-line MENTORS. She served on ASTA’s Alternative Styles National committee is highlighted in their new Teaching Alternative Styles DVD. She is one of Yamaha’s first dozen Certified String Educators conducted the Norwalk Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra for 11 years, the Hartford Conservatory Orchestra and the Wallingford Festival Strings Ensembles for another 10.

She has been a guest string orchestra conductor in several east coast states, including Connecticut’s first Suzuki festival orchestra. Janet is the creator of the Wallingford Summer Arts Camp and the Cheshire Community Music School, a private music teacher’s co-op. She has served as musician liaison on several symphony boards and helped create the Meriden Symphony Solo competition, which annually awards several Meriden students, from beginners through college, with private lesson scholarships. About 10 years ago Janet joined the movement to include more improvisational curriculum in string programs and is now a member of ASTA’s national Alternative Styles committee. She regularly writes reviews and feature articles for several music profession magazines, including Fiddler, Sing Out! and Mel Bay’s On-line String Magazine, as well as educational journals published by MENC and ASTA. Two of Janet’s articles are in the new edition of MENC’s Spotlight on Orchestra and her middle school fiddle club is scheduled to be highlighted In String Magazine’s new Teen Strings. Janet gives several workshops a year for school systems and state and national MEA and ASTA conferences. Her first book, White Mountain Reel Companions, New England fiddle tunes for Violin, Viola & Cello/with bassline sold out it’s first printing in less than a year and her new book, Fiddling Fingers, written with Doris Gazda and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, is scheduled to be published by Carl Fischer in February, 2006.