Hearing Protection for Musicians

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Hearing Protection for Musicians Hearing protection is often an issue overlooked by many musicians. More frequently, you see musicians in rehearsals wearing earplugs silently being judged by others for the large colored plugs sticking out of their ears. However, there are a few options now available that offers a discreet method to protect hearing without dampening […]

Apply to the National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes

National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and orchestral music. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy the camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music. In a day-camp […]

bow rehairs

How often should I rehair my bow?

Bow Maintenance and Rehairing The schedule for routine bow maintenance is poorly understood by the very players who need it the most. In addition to the hair actually wearing out, the process of the hair stretching and changing the length can throw off the balance of the bow leading to poor or unexpected performance. “I’m […]


Brewster Competition for Strings

H. Stevens Brewster Jr., Memorial Competition for Strings We are thrilled to announce we are sponsoring the Brewster Competition for Strings presented by Montgomery County Music Teachers Association and American String Teachers Association of MD/DC. Dates and Eligibility: Competition Date: Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Deadline: April 1st, 2019.  Applications postmarked after that date will not be accepted. […]

winter violin maintenance

Winter Violin Maintenance: Protect Your Instrument

Change of Seasons… The man standing in front of me has both worry and frustration taking turns crossing his face. “We just bought this violin a few months ago, we spent a lot on it and my daughter is very careful with it. She says she didn’t do anything…” the unspoken accusation hangs in the […]

Summer Music Camps

Why are summer music camps important? Parents often ask, “What can I do to get my kid to the next level?” One answer is sending them to one of the many week-long summer music camps. First of all, it is important to identify if the parents are actively participating in their children’s music education and […]

Johansen International Competition

Competition Overview The Johansen International Competition for Young String Players is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. The JIC takes place once every 3 years. The next competition will take place March 14–17, 2018, in Washington, DC. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Prizes include $67,000 in cash awards, plus possible performance opportunities that […]

rent or buy a violin

Renting vs Buying – Tips for New Violin Parents

Renting vs Buying. Beginning the Journey… So, your child is going to start lessons and you have no idea where to get them an instrument and if should rent or buy a violin. You are not the first parents to face this question, and the answers are pretty simple. At first, the decision always seems […]


Violin makers and the expanding industry

Where are violins made? Even many seasoned professionals may find the variety and styles of instruments available today bewildering. The best student instruments were invariably made in Germany. But today, the available supply of inexpensive quality instruments has never been more abundant. In areas of the world with a rich tradition of fine craftsmanship, from […]