Salt Lake City Violin Makers' Collective Instrument Showcase

On August 18, 2017 at Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT, the Salt Lake City Violin Makers' Collective will hold their first instrument showcase. Local makers Melissa Collins, Jordan Hess, Alfred Rordame, IV, Paul Spencer and R. Alex Wilson will be showing their instruments and bow maker Robert Dow will be on hand with a selection of bows. Music will be performed throughout the evening (showcasing the makers' instruments) by Bronwen Beecher and a Patio Music String Quartet featuring Michele Medina, Michael Nebeker, Katherine Deneris and Ryan Stocks. The instruments (violins, violas and cellos) can be viewed as art but people are also encouraged to play the instruments. All makers will be on site throughout the evening to answer any questions and instruments are available for purchase. The event will take place from 6-9pm and will coincide with Gallery Stroll and the Phillips Gallery Summer Group Show Reception. This is a unique chance for the public to see, hear and play high quality handmade instruments and to meet the makers. The Salt Lake City Violin Makers' collective was formed in 2017 by a small group of professional violin makers. The goal of the collective is to promote and strengthen the vibrant tradition of violin making in and around Salt Lake City, UT. As a collective, we are committed to excellence and honesty in our work as well as in our dealings and relationships with musicians. We advocate for the ethical sales and services of violin family instruments. We believe that every musician deserves to be treated with respect and integrity as they search for an instrument that is right for them. We are glad to collectively assist musicians in search of the instrument that will best fit their musical needs and aspirations. The collective also believes that, as makers, we benefit from a collective approach to violin making, an art that can often be quite solitary. In addition to putting musicians and local makers in contact with one another, we encourage the sharing of ideas and knowledge between violin makers. For more information about this event, please email the collective at or find us on Facebook (Salt Lake City Violin Makers Collective).