StringWizards is an inspiring story.  

Enormous thanks goes to Paul Wargaski for the concept itself, and who spent hours and hours converting my aero-engineering mindset into violin esthetics.  I bring to this task a set of aerospace composite fabrication skills thanks to Malcolm Collier at Hangar 18 in South Carolina.  Susanne D'Addario Brouder and the D'Addario Foundation were also there from the very start, I am grateful for her belief in me and the project.  Her contributions were crucial.   The D'Addario Foundation is our source for string replacements which is without question is the biggest ingredient to sound improvement.  

Our parts and instrument inventory comes from

  • Suzanne D'Addario Brouder (D'Addario Foundation)
  • Jeff Campbell (Hungry for Music)  Washington DC, and 
  • Peter Seman, and
  • Paul Wargaski
  • Michael Vann for bow hair and equipment
  • and dozens who have come forward with individual contributions.  

Technical violin training, and training manuals and videos are expensive.  We have benefited from generous contributions from 

  • Paul Wargaski Violins, Chicago and 
  • David Lashof Violins. Gaithersburg, MD and
  • Michael Vann, bow maker of British Columbia, Canada


I am indebted to St. Ignatius College Prep for donated space on their campus, for allowing me to join the Music Department in volunteer status, and allowing me to pursue the Social Innovation syllabus.