Staff Profile: Jenny Kosek

Meet Jenny Kosek

Jenny serves as White House of Music and the White House String Shoppe's director of marketing.

Jenny Kosek1. What instruments do you play?

Viola, fiddle, and cello. Viola was my first instrument but I couldn't resist picking up fiddle and cello over time.

2. How long have you been playing?

Since I was 9 years old! I had great teachers in the Mukwonago School District who motivated me to keep playing, even if I wasn’t going to become a professional player (thanks, Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Carloni!).

3. Why is viola awesome?

Viola is awesome because it adds the warmth and richness to an ensemble that creates that full string sound. Plus, there are plenty of cellists and violinists in the world, but fewer true violists - so viola players always have work!

4. What is your favorite piece you've ever played, and why?

Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" on cello. I heard a cover of the song by a rock cello trio called Rasputina years ago, and that was when I realized orchestral instruments don't have to play classical music. That cover completely changed my approach to music and I vowed to play it myself one day - and I have!

5. Are you in any performing groups right now?

Yes! My string and woodwind quartet, Dorkestra, plays rock, Renaissance, movie themes, anime music, and other fun stuff. We are “classy, not classical.” We are playing the Door County Renaissance Faire this summer and we’ve all agreed the “Game of Thrones” theme song is totally appropriate. 

6. What advice would you give to young string players?

You don’t have to play classical music. Play the music you love and don’t ever think your instrument limits you. Violin, viola, cello, and bass have shown up in all kinds of musical styles, played by really creative musicians who do their own thing. Do the same. These instruments can play anything we ask them to.

7. What is your favorite instrument or accessory in the White House String Shoppe?

I proudly play an Eastman 305 Tertis pattern viola from the String Shoppe and love its unique shape and big sound. I also stand by D'Addarrio Fiddle Strings. They are so well priced and give a fantastic old-time sound to my fiddle. Love 'em on drones and double stops!

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