Learning, Making, Living

VMSA students come from all corners of the globe, experiencing the finest Luthier education in the outdoor playground known as Salt Lake City

The school has an average of 25 students. Some are in their teens; others are starting new careers. With an international reputation, the school attracts students from as near as Canada and Mexico, as far away as Singapore and Finland. Many are beginners at woodworking or playing, but all have a great desire to constantly improve as makers.

Graduates

Kevin Patrick Akin
Aubrey K. Alexander

Cy Amesquita
Morgan Andersen
Bryan Austin
Kari Azure
Edwin Barker
Peter Beare
Rachel Becker
Thomas Bielejec
George Blum
Terry Borman
Pierre Bouteiller
Christian Brandenburg
Sarah Broadway
Marshall Brune
Petr Bucinsky
Terry Carlin
Enish A. G. Castorena
Chan Ka Wing
Nicolas Chassaing
Po-Yi Chen
Dai Chung-Chu
Dai Chung-Ji
Nancy Cohen-Conescu
Guy Cole
John Collins
Melissa Collins
Thomas Oliver Croen
Alex Currin
John Daily
Cynthia Davis
Frank E. Davis
Brian Daw
Boris de Granda
Christopher De Groot (1954-2013)
Luke Degner
Dominique Deschamps
Michael J. Doran
Robert Dow
Thomas Egan
Rock Eggen
Bill Elmore
Dustin Fagg
David Folland
Richard Gagliardi
Efren de Gala
Collin R. Gallahue
Lisa Gass
Marinos Glitsos
Adam Goltry
Rachel Gray
David Gusset
Amos Hargrave
Paul Hart
Ryan Hayes
Hyun-Hee Ahn
Devon Hokanson
Mark Hollinger
Tim Hulley
Jaime Hunt
Steven Hyde
Robert Isley
Brad Janzen
Zach Johnson
Ryosuke Kanazawa
Kerry Keane
Charles Keller
Brian Kelly
Kevin Kennedy
Jeemin “Morgan” Kim
Circe King
Michael Kocher
Jack Koncel
William Koucky
John Krall
Anton Krutz
Kueq Engkien
Gabrielle Kundert
Douglas Lay
Sanghoon Lee
Chung-shu Leung
Charles W. Liu
Jiaqi Liu
John Paul Lucas
Douglas Marples
Tetsu Matsuo
Kaspar Maurer

Dennis Mccaigue
Brad McCann
Ryan McLaughlin
James McKean
Ray Melanson
Kenneth Meyer
Derek Michel
Juan Mijares
Eduard Miller
Myles Miller
Richard Miller
Kyle Minsey
Mario Miralles
John Montgomery
Andrew Moore
Madison Moran
John Moroz
Michael Murray
Orest Nakonechny
Antoine Nedelec
Lisbeth Nelson Butler
Brian Newman
Paul Newson
Matthew Noykos
Donald Overstreet
Raymond Palmer
Elizabeth Perry
Jeff Phillips
Yos Pruksirisombut
Robert H. Quade
Guy Rabut
Beau Ricks
Cameron Robertson
Jeffrey Robinson
John Wesley Rule
Benjamin Ruth
Andrew Ryan
Jordan Sandquist
Nora Schlub
Carrie Scoggins
Michael Scoggins (1954-2008)
Andrew Seelhammer
Peter Shaw
Stephen Sherman
Trudy Sherry Egan
Yoshikai Shinichiro
David Siegel
Jacob Simmons
Ted Skreko
Kevin Smith
Ryan Soltis
Lise Sorenson
Paul Spencer
Jenelle Steele
Timothy Stephenson
Daisuke Tagawa
Dmitry Tarakanov
Franz Thumser
Arthur Toman (1947-2004)
Yanfu Tong
Scott Tribby
Simo Turunen
Chris Ulbricht
David VanZandt
Gary Vessel
John Vierow
John Waddle
Shaojun Wang
Yu Wang
Corey Watson
Mark Weber
Joseph Wetzel
Lise Wetzel
Kurt Widenhouse
Dustin Williams
R. Alex Wilson
Mark Wodtli
Robert Wood
Charles Woolf
William Woolf
Fu Xiu Yang
John Young
George Yu
Torbjorn Zethelius
Kelin Zhang
Zhenyang Zhu
Samuel Zygmuntowicz

AWARD WINNERS

The Violin Making School of America congratulates the following alumni winners in the 2016 Violin Society of America Competition:

  • Andrew Ryan – Silver Medal for Violin
  • Michael Doran – Workmanship Certificate for Violin
  • Antoine Nedelec – Workmanship Certificate for Violin
  • Ryan Soltis – Workmanship Certificate for Violin
  • Eduard Miller – Workmanship Certificate for Violin
  • Ryan Soltis – Workmanship Certificate for Viola
  • Michael Doran – Workmanship Certificate for Cello

Featured Student Hannah Fenn

My name is Hannah Fenn and I am from Chardon, Ohio. Growing up my mother owned a small business selling violin parts and accessories, so I was constantly around violins from a young age. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Arts, I moved to New York City where I was a part-time art teacher and worked for Glasser Bows. There I started to learn to how rehair bows and do basic set-up. During that time, I helped work on fiberglass and carbon fiber prototype violins in the shop. I realized I enjoyed making and decided to learn more. I then went to Germany to work in my cousin’s shop that was started by my great grandfather. I will be a seventh generation maker in my family, Gläsel, from the Markneukirchen area. After learning set up, some basic repair, and my first rib structure, I decided to enroll at the Violin Making School of America. The school’s great tradition and notable alumni made it an easy choice. The mountains aren’t too bad either.