A LITTLE ABOUT US. . .
Juniper Music School was founded in 2016 (and rebranded in 2020!) by friends and music lovers, Kimmy and Kelly, who wanted to create a community of committed students and teachers.
Based around the Greater Seattle Area, our teachers are made up of professional musicians with a passion for music education!
Seattle native, Kimmy Harrenstein, is co-founder and director of Juniper Music School. She's the one you'll receive school-related emails from and is here to offer assistance with billing, scheduling, classes, and events!
Apart from running Juniper Music School, Kimmy is a professional violinist and violist in the Seattle area and plays regularly with the 5th Avenue Theater, Auburn Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Collaborative Orchestra.
Kelly Moore, violist, is an educator and chamber musician in the greater Seattle area. Kelly is passionate about teaching, and is co-founder of Juniper Music School (formerly known as KNK Music Studios), where she has a vibrant private studio of young violists and violinists. She is also faculty member of the Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and has been on faculty of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Summer Music program, and Pipestone Music Camp. Kelly has attended the Indiana University Teacher Training Retreat led by renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig, and recently completed Suzuki Unit 1 training with Catherine Lee.
She is a core member of North Corner Chamber Orchestra, and has played as a substitute violist with Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, and Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
Kelly enjoys playing chamber music with friends, kayaking and bicycling, and playing video games!
Nathan Harrenstein began playing cello at the age of 3. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2010, where he received a Bachelors of Music Degree cum laude studying with cellist Toby Saks. During his freshman year, he won the concerto competition and performed with the university's orchestra. He then went on to the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Masters in 2012 studying with cellist Bion Tsang. During his time there, he taught private lessons, cello ensemble, music theory, and technique & repertoire classes through the String Project program. In 2011, he was awarded a scholarship by the University to attend Creative Dialog IV in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he collaborated with cellist Anssi Karttunen, the Sibelius Academy from Finland, and cellists from the US and Canada to perform contemporary music for solo cello.
In 2013, Nathan was selected to join the Southbank Sinfonia in London for a one-year position. During that time, his performances included an internationally televised Verdi vs. Wagner debate with Stephen Fry, the UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, collaborations with Squarepusher, the Royal Opera House, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as concerts in Italy and France. Nathan was also part of an orchestra that toured around the UK with English pop singer-songwriter Tony Hadley.
Nathan is a senior software engineer and active freelance musician in the Seattle area, performing regularly with Symphony Tacoma and the East Seattle Chamber Music Series. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, playing computer games, and experimenting to create the perfect cup of coffee.
Brian Jankanish, a Seattle native, began playing the violin at the age of 6 and was his primary focus until discovering his Mom's old viola his freshman year of high school.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Susie Meszaros of the Chillingrian Quartet. After earning his degree, he was heralded back home by the call of the PNW.
Brian performs with Saratoga Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, Federal Way Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, and Everett Philharmonic Orchestra. In the Summer, he can be found performing with The Lake Chelan Bachfest, McCaw Music Festival, Yakima Summer Music Concert Series, as well as many a wedding. He is a regular member of Quartette Con Brio and Abellio Strings, which are always ready to entertain with musical delights.
Outside of his private teaching studio, Brian is an active music educator working with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's Endangered Instruments Program and running violin/viola sectionals in many of the Seattle, Edmonds, and Lake Washington area high schools. He also coaches at Cascade Youth Orchestra's Summer Sounds program.
Lauren McShane is a freelance cellist and teacher in Seattle. She performs regularly with Portland Cello Project, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing, Lauren is passionate about teaching. She believes that each student has a unique way of learning, music pedagogy should compliment and engage the student. She also believes music should be taught in a positive atmosphere, motivated by musical, emotional, and technical growth. She teaches a full private cello studio, alongside Holy Names Academy, Snoqualmie Strings, and is faculty at Icicle Creek Summer Symphony.
Anika Meisel, born in China and raised in Seattle, began studying violin at the age of five.
She has recently graduated Garfield High School as well as the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at the University of Oregon under Professor Hal Grossman.
Anika enjoys playing with the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Collaborative Orchestra as well as in smaller chamber ensembles including a violin duo.