Large Schools Network

Network Mission

The Large Schools Network seeks to unite the skills and experiences of large organizations to share best practices, identify, shape and build awareness of current trends in community arts and provide a network for support and growth among all the organizations.


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Karin Orenstein

Director of Education, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Karin Orenstein, Director of Education, Settlement Music School. Settlement Music School is one of the largest community arts schools in the country, with six branches in the Philadelphia region, 50+ community partnerships, and nearly 200 faculty. Karin has served in her current role with the School since January 2017, and her responsibilities include programming initiatives, and curricular oversight, professional development, and community partnerships  From 2012 to 2016, Karin served as Director of the School’s Wynnefield Branch, where she developed numerous community partnership, oversaw a building renovation, and grew programming and enrollment in jazz, choir, chamber music and early childhood. Karin has also held teaching positions at George Washington University, Towson University and Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.  She holds a Masters and Doctorate of Music in pedagogy from The Catholic University of America where she studied with Thomas Mastroianni and Marylyn Neeley, and an undergraduate degree in piano pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory under the tutelage of Karen Walker.