While Karen Ritscher is based in Harlem, NYC, her career as a violist, pedagogue and 5Rhythms® teacher keeps her in motion to all corners of the world. She loves to inspire people whether it’s on concert stages, in her viola studio in New York, or through her movement classes and workshops.

Her approach to teaching can be described as holistic “problem-solver” whether it’s helping a viola student to address technical issues, a string quartet to more deeply engage with the music, or helping an Elder move freely through the rhythms.

She uses her down-to-earth presence, playful sense of humor and visionary imagination to help her students “become more themselves,” reaching towards their inborn potential.

“Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” -Gabrielle Roth