Vena Johnson

Vena is an American professional violinist and teaching artist with a passion for collaborative music and performance art. After studying, teaching, and freelancing in the greater-Philadelphia region for 10 years, Vena set off to travel the world with her violin. Her travels have almost always intersected with her passion for music performance, bringing her to Italy, Ireland, the Middle East, Nepal, India, China, and Japan, where she currently resides.
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Renting vs Buying a Violin: How to Decide?

It can be overwhelming to know which direction to turn when looking for a beginner violin. Not only are there many options to choose from, but there is also...

How Does the Weather Affect Your Violin?

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Violin Care & Maintenance Tips for Beginners

In the excitement of learning to play the violin, it’s very easy to forget one of the most important lessons - how to take care of your violin! Many...

10 Best Violin Cases in 2020: Reviews & Buying Guide

While it’s highly likely that you already have a case for your violin, is it really the best violin case for your needs? Perhaps you’ve discovered that your current violin case...

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Finding the best violin bow is not unlike that moment in Harry Potter when Harry is searching for just the right wand. Some bows are unwieldy in his hand while others are...

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