Graduate of the State School of Violin Making, Mittenwald, West Germany. Received Master's certificate with Gold Medal from the German Government in 1968. Worked for six years with Kenneth Warren & Son firm in Chicago making, repairing, and restoring instruments. Co-founder of the original Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making in 1975. Mr. Lee continues to build new instruments for a world-wide market, and will be available in an advisory capacity to students. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Graduate of the Violin Making School of America. Antoine worked for Peter Prier and Sons while attending school, and for J & A Beare upon graduating in 2002. He opened his own studio in 2005. In 2012, he joined the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. Antoine regularly serves as a faculty member at the Oberlin Violin Making Workshops. In 2016 and 2017 he and his colleague Jeff Phillips led the workshop on copying the Jackson Stradivarius. Antoine is an active maker and has received numerous awards at the Violin Society of America competitions, including a silver medal for cello and a gold medal for viola. He served as a judge at the VSA competition in 2018.
Received a BA in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 2012. She has had eight years of shop experience at Seman Violins, teaching repair and set-up to new employees and was also active in business operations there. She served on the planning committee for the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers’s 2014 meeting. Kristin was elected to serve on the Violin Society of America Board of Directors in 2018. She continues to work on her own instrument making.
A full-time professional instrument restorer, Daniel works at the studio of Gregory S. Sapp Violins, Chicago. He graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 2012 and has since focused his career on instrument setup, repair, and restoration. He also makes new instruments. He has attended the Oberlin Violin workshops since 2010, thereby learning extensively from the world's greatest restorers, makers and dealers. Daniel received a BA in Studio Art from Wabash College, worked and studied at the Venice Guggenheim Museum, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most importantly, Daniel enjoys playing the violin.
Betty Lewis received her B.M. from Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University as a student of Elaine Skorodin. She is an active violinist and violist in the Chicago area. She is concertmaster with the Bach Cantata series at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest and is a substitute player with many local orchestras such as Lake Forest Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Betty performs in many Broadway in Chicago productions, and has performed as a substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, she is on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center and is a member of the Peninsula Music Festival - both in Door County, Wisconsin. Betty maintains a private teaching studio at home as well as teaching violin and viola lessons and conducting the HS Orchestra at Francis Parker School in Chicago.
Born in Jackson Michigan, Steven began playing the cello at age 13 and was entirely self taught until his college years, first attending Olivet College in Michigan then transferring to DePaul University in Chicago where he studied with the former Chicago Symphony Principal Cellist, Frank Miller on scholarship. Mr. Houser is very active as a freelance musician and has performed with many chamber and symphony orchestras in the greater Chicagoland area. Steven is currently a member of the Grant Park Symphony and is principal cellist with the Lake Forest, Park Ridge and Metropolis symphonies.