Since joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1983—the same year she won the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition—Pamela Arnstein has been a soloist, chamber musician and avid participant in education programs. With Sir Neville Marriner and the Orchestra, she performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in 1984; in 2006 she was a soloist in the premiere of Steve Heitzeg’s Peace Cranes for Three Solo Violins.
As chamber musician, Arnstein has performed at Sommerfest concerts and most recently, on Peavey Plaza in August 2020, playing Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola with violist Sabina Thatcher.
Arnstein is active as an educator. She has participated in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Adopt-a-School program and, beginning in 2013, was the original coordinator of the new Symphonic Adventures concerts in area high schools. The Orchestra now performs four of those concerts each season. She coaches violins in sectionals for all levels of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She also composes and arranges solo violin and chamber works for students. In addition, her commitment to education extends to working with underserved string students in North Minneapolis.
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Arnstein holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin. She has studied with Paul Rolland, Eduard Melkus, Norman Paulu and Isabelle Thompson, and taken private lessons in London with Yfrah Neaman.
In 2022 Pam published Doctor May's Cabin, a book she wrote about her grandmother. It is a motivational story for young readers set in northern Minnesota. It can be found in public libraries throughout Minnesota and online.
Fun Fact: I love hazelnuts!”