Dr. Janice LaMarre, Violin & Viola

Acclaimed for her vibrant expression and innovation, violist Janice LaMarre has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Hailed as “soulful and dynamic” by the Canadian press, Dr. LaMarre has concertized in the US, Canada, and Europe in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Chateau Fontainebleau, and the Centre d’Arts Orford. The Canadian Council for the Arts awarded Ms. LaMarre the top grant to Individual Classical Musicians, and she was given full scholarships to study at Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. LaMarre was invited twice to participate in the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove, in England. She has soloed with orchestra at Yale University, with the King Edwards’ Choir, and the Huronia Symphony. Janice LaMarre made her Weill Hall debut recital at Carnegie Hall, released an album of Schubert and Beethoven, was featured as first violinist in the Hollywood film The Longest Week starring Olivia Wilde and Jason Bateman, and performed in New York Fashion Week. Janice LaMarre has been principal viola of the Fontainebleau American School orchestra, the Nice Festival Orchestra, and was a member of the New Haven Symphony, and Assistant Principal viola for the Bridgeport Symphony.

In addition to her faculty position at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy, Janice also currently directs Midsummer Sound, a summer music festival and institute in Canada. She was previously a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and has taught viola and Music History at Yale University, Music Theory at the Juilliard School, Ear Training at the Manhattan School of Music, and viola as a substitute for Karen Ritschers at the MSM Pre-College. Her lesson plans for the New Haven Symphony won grants from Young Audiences to perform and teach to full school assemblies throughout Connecticut. She was awarded fellowships through the Juilliard School to design curriculum for and teach in New York City Public Schools. Janice has given masterclasses as a guest violin and viola clinician in Canada and the U.S., and has written a book on violin technique and music theory for children. 

Janice received her BM and MM from the Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale University, and a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. Her mentors include Thomas Riebl (Austria), Philipe Entremont (France), Michael Tree, Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, and Karen Dreyfus (NYC). 

Janice grew up as a Suzuki violin student, and her mother Nena LaMarre is a Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer. Studying Suzuki ECC and Book 1 first in Canada with Karen Kimmett, Janice went on to take the remaining violin books with Louise Behrend, Allan Lieb, and Katherine Gerson of the School for Strings in New York City. She completed the training with the intensive Practicum at the Colorado Institute, studying with Mary Cay Neal and Books 9-10 with Mark Mutter at Suzuki Royal Oak.

Dr. LaMarre lives in New Canaan, CT with her husband and two children. She and her son enjoy doing Kumon books, Suzuki guitar, and homeschooling events together, and her daughter is predestined to be a Suzuki violinist.