At age 22, Carpenter moved from Maine to California to take a job recording and touring with the esteemed Tony Rice Unit. While in Northern California, Fred completed a 4 year apprenticeship at Loveland Violin Shop in Santa Rosa. He later moved to Nashville and in 1988 took a job touring with Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band. After growing his business while on the road, it soon became time to focus all of his attention on the shop. After investing 29 years in the shop, Fred has grown his one man shop into a beautiful retail gallery located downtown, employing a staff of 8.
Brian Christianson’s lifelong love of the fiddle led him from Southern Minnesota to Nashville,Tennessee after earning a degree from Minnesota State College in String Instrument Repair under instructor Lisbeth Nelson-Butler. Christianson has been a part of The Violin Shop family since 2000 taking pride in helping customers with their instrument setup and repair needs. Aside from his violin setup and repair expertise, Christianson is also an accomplished fiddler on the Nashville scene winning the Grand Master’s Traditional Championship in 2016 as well as the Alabama State Championship in Classic Old-Time Fiddling in 2013. He performs regularly at the Grand Ole Opry with Opry member Mike Snider, the Roland White Band and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Growing up, April watched her father build The Violin Shop into Nashville’s most reliable resource for fiddle players. Now, as the shop's administrative director, April handles all of the day to day operations around the shop. She recently earned a Master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. With a head for numbers, her heart holds a special place for musicians. Her numerous responsibilities at the Violin Shop include inventory ordering and management, customer account relations and correspondence, rental programs, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and daily financial management.
Jennifer Halenar is a native of Chattanooga and has been making violins in Nashville since 2004. She now plays fiddle and sings with the folk-country band, Lynn Taylor and the BarFlies, loves her daughter-dog Ravel, and spends her free time running for hours through the woods. After apprenticing for several years under John Dailey, a fine maker of violins, violas and celli, Jennifer continued to learn and build on her own. She has further honed her skills by working friends gained through attending the Oberlin Violin making workshops presented by the Violin Society of America (VSA) for several summers. Jennifer is our customer repair luthier and when she isn’t working on customer instruments, is building her own 4-string, 5-string violins, and viola instruments.
The Nashville local, Tyler Andal, bought his first fiddle from American violin maker, John Silakoski in 2001 and seven years later, built his first fiddle with Silakoski in hopes to pursue his luthier career. However, Tyler found a specific interest in bows and spent a few years indulging in studies with Jeremy Timmons and Michael Serriff, (both in different states at different times), where he learned to re-hair and repair. Fast forward a few years, Tyler now is our bow specialist and has been working with the shop since 2014. With the workshop closed on Saturdays, Tyler typically spends his weekends competing in local competitions but any day during the work week you can find him working in the shop, or eating boiled peanuts.
Born in the stix of southern Ohio, Laura picked up the violin at age 4. In 2016 she earned her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance and continues to play professionally here in Nashville. When she’s at the shop, she loves helping customers find their perfect instrument, and stealing Tyler’s boiled peanuts. When she’s not in, she spends her time as a sub with the Jackson Symphony, a resident string arranger at Lockeland Strings, a private violin teacher, and a local session player.