Overview

PDT-Violin-08

Violin Setup II and Basic Repair

Students may select, based on experience level, one or two-weeks of instruction to deepen their knowledge in set-up, explore sound adjustments and minor repairs in this hand-on workshop. The fundamentals as taught by Mr. Morris in Set-up, Part I will be reinforced and expanded upon and will include dressing an ebony violin fingerboard and making a new upper nut. In addition to fitting a new sound post, bridge and tailpiece etc., Mr. Wiessmeyer will demonstrate to the class the techniques at the bench required to perform the above mentioned procedures and minor repairs including the proper gluing of seams and basic violin maintenance. Detailed attention is given to sound adjusting and problem solving. You will receive daily one on one guidance and instruction.
Open to students who participated in Basic Set-up I and Tool Use or students with previous repair experience.

Class will meet in person from 9am to 5pm, with additional open workshop hours in the evening.

Materials and Tools
One or two of the following instruments with ebony fingerboards: 4/4 violins, five string violin (preferably never set up). Two sets of fittings per instrument.
Basic toolboxes may be rented from Randy Kellogg. Thanks to the 2016 donation of tools in memory of a past participant, Adrian Teuscher, the Institute has a limited supply of tools to supplement tool box rentals. A complete list of suggested tools and materials along with tool box rental information may be found at https://training.unh.edu/violin

Tools & Materials

PDT-Violin-08

Violin Setup II and Basic Repair

Materials and Tools
One or two of the following instruments with ebony fingerboards: 4/4 violins, five string violin (preferably never set up). Two sets of fittings per instrument.
Basic toolboxes may be rented from Randy Kellogg. Thanks to the 2016 donation of tools in memory of a past participant, Adrian Teuscher, the Institute has a limited supply of tools to supplement tool box rentals. A complete list of suggested tools and materials along with tool box rental information may be found here.

Instructor Bios

PDT-Violin-08

Violin Setup II and Basic Repair

  • Paul Weissmeyer

    Paul Wiessmeyer graduated from the world-renowned violinmaking school in Mittenwald, Germany, in 1981. Subsequently he worked at the shops of Hans Weisshaar and Robert Cauer in Los Angeles before opening his own shop in LA in 1986. Since 1991, he has owned and operated Paul Wiessmeyer Violins in Boston, Massachusetts, a full-service shop specializing in repair, service, sound adjustments, and sales of violins, violas, and celli. His clients include symphony players, professional musicians, conservatory students, and schools. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bowmakers and the Violin Society of America. Paul has won several gold medals for his instruments at the H. Wienawski competition and the violin making competition of the Violin Society of America. In 2016, he was selected to judge the Violin Society of America’s making competition.

  • Charles Wolf

    Charles Wolf is a retired Music Educator from California, after 35 years teaching Instrumental music in San Diego County, Orange County, and the Los Angeles City public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in both Music Education and Music Performance, Master of Music Degree, a Clear-Life California Teaching Credential and a Tier 1 Administrative Credential.

    Charlie found that his passion for teaching music to students quickly called him to service, and the rewards of his students’ success are many, including his ensembles being invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Hawaiian Invitation and many more. Having been honored with Teacher of the Year three times in his respective school districts, the City of Chula Vista (CA) three consecutive years, named “Orchestral Director of the Year,” and twice Band Educator of the Year in San Diego County, Charlie’s awards are representative for his devotion to the Music Education of his students.

    Charlie was administrator for the Summer Arts Academy in San Diego County. For 10 years, he brought together eight individual Visual and Performing Arts components for an intensive and comprehensive session for top honor students within the Visual and Performing Arts with some of the highest-rated VAPA Educators in San Diego County.

    Now, Charlie enjoys conducting honor bands and orchestras as a means of helping young musicians receive another perspective and higher-level skills within an honor ensemble. He is a “Head Judge” in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association where his critiques of festivals and marching band field tournaments allow him to coach and assist other music educators.

    While still in high school, Charlie became the stringed instrument and bow repair technician for one of the largest music stores in Orange County, CA. The store serviced many of the surrounding schools and school districts, and Charlie soon became proficient in expedient and quality repairs - a specialty he enjoyed (and still does) was to re-hair bows.

    Always wanting to return to one of his first passions, Charlie owns and operates a highly successful Orchestral String Repair & Sales business called All Four Strings: selling and repairing violins, violas, cellos and double basses, along with their bows and accessories.

    He is a student of Lynn Armour Hannings, George Rubino, Francis Morris, Paul Wiessmeyer, Jay VandeKopple, Chuck Sazone, Mike Dadonna and Robert McIntosh and returns each summer  to UNH to further his depth of understanding and techniques with repairs and restorations from the amazing teaching staff. Charlie is often invited to schools, school districts and conferences to help music educators understand how to maintain a healthy orchestral instrument and to identify when there are issues that should be addressed for repair.

    He also enjoys woodworking projects at home and has his beautiful wife Magdalena to thank for her love, understanding and constant support.

     

09:00am - 05:00pm
Durham Campus - Putnam Hall
Paul Wiessmeyer
1099.00 PDT - Violin Institute
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