Sally O’Reilly is known throughout the music world as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Professor of Violin at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis, she studied with Ivan Galamian at Curtis Institute and with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where she was his assistant.
Later she studied with Andre Gertler and Carlo Van Neste in Brussels, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Her chamber music coaches included Janos Starker, Gyorgy Sebok, Artur Balsam, William Primrose, and Felix Galimir. Professor O’Reilly’s former students are members of the world’s major symphony orchestras and hold prominent teaching positions throughout the United States, Asia, and Australia. They have been first prize winners in numerous competitions including the Vittorio Gui in Florence, Italy, the Tokyo International, Irving Klein International, Music Teachers National Association student competitions, and the Banff String Quartet Competition.
She has held Fulbright Senior Lectureships to teach in South America, and has been visiting professor of violin in China, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Israel, Central America, Canada, Korea and the Czech Republic. Professor O’Reilly has been a frequent member of adjudication panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, Chamber Music America, ASTA, and MTNA. Her many pedagogical publications for Kjos Music Company are distributed internationally. Professor O’Reilly is the director of the Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of Italy Summer Music, an exclusive course for advanced violinist held in Pienza each August.