Apprentices

A violin in the making.

Ken Morrison

Formerly in retail sales in the meat and produce industry. Plays violin, viola and guitar. Has completed four violas and a violin. Currently starting on his first cello.

Ken L Clevenger

Retired career nurse physicians assistant and Carpenter. Working on finishing his first violin, and is looking to completing several more. Also working on learning repair work on violins.

John Gladman

Currently works in the dental prosthesis industry and is a former jewelry designer. Bass player and is currently building a bass in our shop. He has also finished one violin and completing a second one.

Tom Blacik

Former Advertising executive, still working as a Carpenter and Contractor. He is finishing his second violin and first viola.

Trevor Holien

College student and musician, finished first violin and is completing first viola. Semi professional violinist. Performing in the Classical, Jazz and Bluegrass genres.

Caitlin Marlotte

Program manager for TPT channel 2 in Saint Paul. (Public Television). Amateur violinist and Irish fiddler. Completing first violin.

Alastair Brown

Is an active performer in the twin cities on both violin and viola. He is a member of the Minnesota Sinfonia and a regular sub with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera. He also appears regularly and has recorded with the new music ensemble Zeitgeist. His teachers have been Helen Foli, Mary West, Masao Kawasaki, Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. In addition to repair, restorations and making new instruments, Alastair's extensive experience enables him to find the best possible setup of instruments for both playability and tone production.

Alumni

A violin in the making.

Peter Sappanos

College student, made two violins, four violas and a cello. Taking time off for further schooling in the culinary arts.

Greg Sumners

Commercial contractor and carpenter. Worked in the green technologies industry. Completed three violins, four violas and three cellos. Currently on sabbatical in Hong Kong with his wife.

Patrick Stover

College student and musician. Currently working as a violin maker for L'Anima violin shop. Has made five violins and three violas starting his first cello.

Leo Schneider

Holds a Master of Violin Performance degree from the University of Minnesota and has studied violin making at the guild. As a collector of fine instruments and bows, Leo has the knowledge and connections to help you find an instrument and bow to meet your performance needs. Owns L'Anima Violins. Built five violins one viola and a cello.