My name is John Rihani and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am so excited about Encore Orchestral Strings. I can still clearly remember buying my first good cello with my parents when I lived in North Carolina. It was an exciting, thrilling, scary, and confusing experience. There were so many choices, so much conflicting information, and so many opinions. We were lucky to receive good advice from a shop we trusted and purchased a wonderful instrument.
Encore exists so that the process of choosing an instrument is relaxed, enjoyable, and fun. When you come to Encore and talk to me you can be sure you are getting honest information from someone that's been in your position before.
I invite you to visit me at the store and experience Encore for yourself.
Veronica Baker grew up in Fort Wayne, IN and started violin lessons at the age of four in the Fort Wayne Suzuki Talent Education program with Janet Guy-Klickman. During high school, she was a member of the Fort Wayne Community Orchestra and played her instrument in a wide array of ensembles. A graduate of Butler University, she studied violin with Dr. Davis Brooks while pursuing a career in music education. During her time at Butler University, she played in the Butler Symphony Orchestra and worked with the Butler Community Arts School teaching private violin, piano, and cello lessons. Upon graduating, she spent a year working in Lawrence Township as a substitute teacher while maintaining her private studio. When she isnít playing violin, she enjoys gardening, sewing, and spending time with her pet gecko, Rawrrr.
Tom May has been repairing violin family instruments professionally in the violin shop of Paigeís music since 1985 and now is honored to repair for Encore Orchestral Strings as well. Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Music and Stringed Instrument Repair Technology degree from Indiana University in the spring of 1985. In addition to his degree, he received training in bow making from the University of New Hampshire and in stringed instrument repair in the shop of Peter Horn and Son. Outside of his repair career, Tom enjoys playing the bass and guitar, writing and arranging music and song leading in his church.
Derek DeZarn started building and repairing string instruments after high school when he attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his certificate in luthiery in 2002 and went on to work at Lakland Bass Guitars in Chicago and Rainsong Graphite Guitars in Seattle. From there he moved to Savannah, Georgia and apprenticed under Randy Wood, a legendary mandolin and guitar builder. After returning to Indiana he wanted to further pursue his interest in luthiery, so he enrolled at Indiana University. Here he studied String Instrument Technology under Professor Thomas G. Sparks. After successfully completing his first violin and graduating in the Spring on 2009, he became Professor Sparks assistant and began to repair many of IUís vast string instrument collection. In June of 2011 Derek started at Paigeís Music and Encore Orchestral Strings. Outside of his repair career, Derek enjoys playing acoustic guitar, riding his bike and enjoying life.