Our Instructors

Our instructors have spent decades learning the fine art of making and restoring stringed family instruments and bows.  Some have entered the field through playing, while others from various technical fields.  All are accomplished artists in their own right and and many are award wining makers, some having received recognition in competitions with the distinction of Hors' Concours from the Violin Society of America.  This is an important honor received after having earned three gold medals in VSA International Competitions. This qualifies the honorees to judge competitions making them an excellent resource for information.  Our hope is to pass their extensive knowledge and experience to the next generation of makers and restorers through demonstrations, instruction, and professional example.

 

Tom Croen is an award winning violin maker working from his studio in Eugene, Oregon. He has been actively making instruments for nearly 40 years and is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America, where he has served on the Governing Board of both organizations. Tom has earned the distinction of 'Hors Concours' after having won 3 gold medals from Violin Society of America International Competitions. Tom stays challenged and inspired by being a workmanship judge at VSA competitions and writing publications on the subject of instrument acoustics and other aspects pertaining to the craft of violin making and repair.
Christopher Dungey is a violin maker specializing in the new making of cellos, passing the milestone 100th cello in 2012. He has worked in Los Angeles for Hans Weisshaar and Thomas Metzler learning the fine art of restoration. He is a current member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and has won numerous awards for his cellos. In 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Dungey relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado.  He continues to build cellos in his 'dream shop' that was completed in July 2013. His new shop has a view looking towards the Colorado National Monument. 
David Forbes is an award winning bow maker with two gold medals from the Violin Society International Competitions, and numberous Certificates of Merit from VSA competitions, the City of Paris competition and Manchester Cello festival. David trained with William Salchow in New York and Stephane Thomachot in Paris.  David is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and served on its Board of Governors.  David has been the Director of the Oberlin Bow Making Workshops since 2005. 
Christopher Germain makes award-winning violins, violas, and cellos from his studio in Philadelphia, PA. Chris has served as the President of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers as well as the Violin Society of America and has served on the Governing Boards of both organizations. He also is a member of the Entente Internationale Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art and has served as judge for numerous international violin making competitions.
Rodney Mohr has been actively making bows for over 35 years and is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers, where he earned the degree of Master of Bow Making. Mr. Mohr has produced nearly 1,000 bows, making him one of the nation's most prolific bow makers. As one of the country's leading restorers, Mr. Mohr also has restored a countless number of fine bows. Mr. Mohr holds the distinction of Hors' Concours by the VSA along with numerous other Certificates of Merit and a medal from the Paris Competition.
Joe Robson [Violin Varnish, Ltd.] makes varnishes, grounds and colors, and varnishes violins and violas in his shop in Trumansburg, New York.  In 1992, Joe and his wife, Esther, established Tried & True Wood Finishes; a line of environmentally safe linseed oil furniture finishes that grew out of this research.  Joe has been involved in the research, history, and development of finishes for the violin. Joe has published several articles and editorial reviews for Strad Magazine, including the current "Scarlet Fever": the research and development of the Stradivari Cochineal Varnish.
Greg started work at the shop of Kenneth Warren & Son in Chicago upon graduation from the Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making.  While there he was fortunate to work directly with Zenon Petesh, as well as Choo Taik Rheem, Phillip Perret and Joe Krosnowsky, all extremely talented craftsmen in the violin/bow trade.  Early in 2003, Greg opened a shop in downtown Chicago, located in the heart of the Classical Music community.  This shop is open for business two days a week and is primarily focused on set-up work and tonal adjustments for concert level musicians. Greg has been a regular contributor to the Oberlin Restoration Workshops and has provided master classes on advanced restoration techniques.
William (Bill) Scott is a violin maker working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned Hors Concours in 2006, with his 3rd Gold Medal for a viola at the Violin Society of America's International Violin Making Competition. Bill began his apprenticeship at the shop of Hans Weisshaar in Los Angeles. He has contributed to Strad Magazine, VSA Conventions as a presenter and as a workmanship judge. Over the past decade he has been on staff at the Violin Makers Workshop in Oberlin, Ohio.
Stacey Styles has worked independently as a restorer of violins, violas and cellos since 1995. She is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Ms. Styles particularly likes a challenging restoration project, but also enjoys the balance and insight afforded by working directly with musicians in fine adjustments for tone and performance. Ms. Styles credits Hans J. Nebel, with whom she studied for many years, for instilling a high standard of excellence in restoration, and a deep appreciation for a finely honed edge.
Marilyn J. Wallin is celebrating her 40th year as a violin maker. She has earned Violin Society of America Silver Medals in both Tone and Workmanship, and many Certificates of Merit in almost every category. She was an instructor at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Marilyn is currently on the Board of Directors of the VSA, and has served as Secretary for the Board of Governors of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers. She has completed nearly 250 instruments!
Ted White holds multiple patents and has been using computer aided design (CAD) since the first introduction of AutoCAD. He designed his first violin using AutoShip and currently uses several CAD packages, including Rhino. He is a regular attendee at the VSA Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and has an acoustics research set-up in his workshop. Ted has presented his results at the VSA's annual conference and has published in the VSA Journal. Ted is a long-time member of the VSA and the former Catgut Acoustical Society.  He also is a member of the VSA Board of Directors and the Society's current Secretary.