University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute
Workshops in
Violin Building; Violin Maintenance and Repair;
Bow-making; Bow Repair; and Bow Rehairing
with world renowned expert faculty members.

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Institute Facultyscroll

    Horst Kloss
    Paul Wiessmeyer
    Francis Morris
    Lynn Hannings
    George Rubino


    Andy Bennett
    Michael Brough
    Kevin Curry
    Michael Daddona
    Amanda Kapousouz
    Randy Kellogg

Institute Faculty

Horst Kloss

Horst KlossHorst L. Kloss, Mittenwald-trained Master Violin Maker, has worked with fine stringed instruments and bows for over four decades. In 1970, Horst Kloss established Kloss Violins, the oldest professional violin shop in New England. Kloss Violins specializes in the making of violins, using the golden proportions to design instruments; Mr. Kloss specializes as well in the repair, restoration, appraisal and sale of historic instruments and bows. Mr. Kloss offers acoustic adjustment tailored to the individual musician’s requirements and the application of museum conservation standards. He provides musicians with custom instrument set-up designed to prevent overuse syndrome while maintaining maximal adjustment of tonal color, clarity, and projection. He has cared for collections of note, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ historic stringed instruments; and he is one of fewer than 100 makers whose training and skills qualified him for full membership status in the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. Mr. Kloss was among a handful of Federation members selected to go to the Smithsonian Research Institute for an intensive training session devoted to museum varnish restoration and conservation techniques. He earned his Journeyman’s diploma in 1964 at the State Bavarian School of Violin Making in Southern Germany, and was under the tutelage of Bruno Paulus until 1965. He then came to the US, to work at William Lewis & Sons in Chicago, and was under the tutelage of Carl Becker, Sr. and Jr. Mr. Kloss returned to Germany at the end of 1971 and received his Master’s degree also at the State Bavarian School of Violin Making in Southern Germany in 1972. He then returned to the US and continued to work in the Boston area. Mr. Kloss has been teaching at The Violin Craftsmanship Institute of UNH since 1998; for the first eleven years, he taught violin repair and restoration, at which point he started teaching the Violin Making Course.

Paul Wiessmeyer

Paul WiessmeyerPaul 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 adjusments, and sales of violins, violas, and celli. He has won several gold medals for his instruments at the H. Wienawski competition and the violin making competition of the Violin Society of America. 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.

Francis Morris

Francis MorrisFrancis Morris is a 1974 graduate of the world-renowned violinmaking school in Mittenwald, Germany. Subsequently he worked with Fritz Baumgartner in Basel, Switzerland, and at the shops of Hans Weisshaar and Robert Cauer in Los Angeles. Since opening his own shop in the Berkshires in 1984, he has provided his customers with high quality instrument restoration, fine sound adjustments, and the sale and service of instruments and bows. He won an award for tone at the prestigious Violin Society of America's 2002 competition. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America. He currently lives and has a shop in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires, near the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival.

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Lynn Hannings

Lynn HanningsLynn Armour Hannings, has been teaching at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute since 1986. She is a former teaching assistant of William Salchow. She received her degree of Journeyman from the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1984 and was elected to membership in 1985. In 1989 Ms. Hannings was granted both a Fulbright Scholarship and the Annette Kadé Fellowship for the Advanced Study of the French School of Bowmaking in Paris, France, with Bernard Millant, the world renowned authority of French Bow Making. In 2011 she received a Special Recognition Award for her bowmaking efforts from the International Society of Bssists. She is a member of the Entente Internationale des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art. As a conservatory trained musician and performer who has studied musicians’ injuries, she has worked individually with musicians, for over 40 years, to meet their unique playing requirements. Ms. Hannings sells bows to professionals in the U.S. and internationally. In addition to bowmaking, she has extensive experience in the area of bow repair and restoration.

George Rubino

George RubinoGeorge Rubino started making bows in 1974 and has been in the forefront of American bow making for over 40 years. His interest in the French tradition of bow making and his quest for knowledge has helped him to make bows that are aesthetically fine and enable the musician to produce everything the music asks for. George Rubino bows are used by many of the finest string players worldwide. Mr. Rubino studied bow making with William Salchow and had been his teaching assistant at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute for many years. He was appointed as a bow making and bow repair instructor for the UNH Institute in 1988. George Rubino has given lectures and conducted workshops on bow making, bow repairing, and bow playability in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Additional information about him and examples of his work can be found at his website.


Andy Bennett has been a professional woodworker for over 30 years and currently maintains the string instruments for the Nantucket community music center. He is returning to the Institute for his seventh season.

Michael Brough began his studies in bow rehair, repair and making at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute under Lynn Armour Hannings and George Rubino. In addition to bows, Michael manages and performs with the Afro-Latin Polka band Crazy Voda, freelances as an electric and double bassist, and is a youth orchestra string coach based in Elmhedge Ontario.

Kevin Curry operates an independent shop emphasizing bow making, bow repair and restoration as well as instrument repair.

Michael Daddonais currently the Shop Foreman at Francis Morris Violins, where he divides his time between restoration work and the making of new instruments. Michael continues to practice and refine his training begun at UNH several years ago under the expert tutelage of both Francis Morris and Paul Wiessmeyer. He also has had the privilege to study with Hans J. Nebel, one time foreman of the world class Wurlitzer shop of NYC, and disciple of Maestro Simone Fernando Sacconi; the godfather of modern restoration technique. He lives happily in Salisbury, Connecticut with his wife Rebecca, their two dogs, a cat and fifty horses.

Amanda Kapousouzis a professional fiddler and violinist from Athens, Georgia. A former busker (street performer) in the NYC subways, she has since toured in the traditional Irish festival circuit, performed her original music (as Tin Cup Prophette), opening for Aimee Mann, Jeff Tweedy, and Robyn Hitchcock, and has appeared on the acclaimed NPR program, "Mountain Stage." Since having children, she has become interested in bow rehair, repair, and restoration and is in her fourth year studying with Lynn Hannings at UNH.

Randy Kellogg has many years' experience repairing and restoring violins and currently works at Welker Guitar Company building handcrafted archtop guitars. He has made his own planes and other tools such as scrapers, knives, and clamps.

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