Sarah W. Peck
Sarah W. Peck began her career working with violins at Atelier Constantin Popescu in Connecticut learning the basics of violin repair. Her interest in stringed instruments then took her to Ireland to work with an Irish harp maker. Upon returning to the states, she entered a 3-year apprenticeship working at Stamell Stringed Instruments in Massachusetts, concentrating on violin repair and set-up. It is here that Sarah developed an interest in Baroque instruments and music history.
Wanting to really get a grasp of the early stringed instruments, she decided to enroll in a 3-year program for Early Instrument Making at West Dean College in England. It was there that she was able to focus on making a viola da gamba family of instruments.
After graduation, Sarah went to work at Stringers of London for a year and a half before leaving for New York to work at William Monical & Son. Under William Monical's tutelage, she was provided the opportunity to work more intensely with Baroque instruments and was able to study their history and development. In addition, she was able to work with players to achieve optimal sound quality and playability through sound adjustment and proper set-up for both Baroque and Modern instruments.
Sarah currently runs her own shop located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.