Meet the Huthmakers
Three Huthmakers work at Huthmaker Violins. Father, mother and favorite daughter, Anna. Our combined experience comes from 80-plus years of performing, 80-plus years of teaching and thirty-plus years of luthier training. Working with our clients, we can give them the advantage of many years of experience.
Owner and the Bow Queen
Roland "Buddy" Huthmaker
Owner and the Bow Queen
Anna is the favorite daughter in the Huthmaker clan and emerged from the womb demanding to play the 'cello. She holds performance degrees in 'cello and string bass. When her parents lured her into managing the violin shop, she became our low strings specialist and resident "Bow Queen." She's studied bow restoration and making with Lynn Hannings, George Rubino, Robert Ray and William Salcow. Anna also performs as a free-lance musician. She has performed with the Celtic band "The Border Collies," recorded with a number of folk singers and performs with the Johns Creek Symphony. Anna heads two non-profit organizations: Trail Dames and LSF-USA (Luthiers Sans Frontières). With LSF, she's traveled to Equador, Haiti, Cuba and Trinidad to do bow repairing and luthier education. With Trail Dames, she empowers women to climb mountains.
Roland "Buddy" Huthmaker
Roland (Buddy) was a professional violinist, conductor and teacher before he turned his passion for string instruments into a violin shop. He holds a B.M. and M.M in violin performance from the University of North Texas and has performed with symphonies and professional quartets. Working in the areas of violin and bow history and restoration was a natural outgrowth of his love of string instruments. He studied bow restoration and bow making with Arnold Bone, Lynn Hannings and George Rubino. His expertise in instrument restoration comes from twenty-plus years of summer study with Hans Nebel. When he escapes from the violin shop, he practices his fiddle, enjoys old western movies, tinkers with the MGTD and DeuxChevaux in our garage and spoils Boone, our Aussie.
Chief matriarch, Dixie was a professional violist, orchestra director and author before she "retired" to work in the violin shop full-time. She holds degrees in viola and music research. Yes, music does increase children's learning abilities. As an orchestra director, she developed several award-winning programs in Florida and Georgia, and taught in the Suzuki program at Southern Methodist University before joining the famous Success Through Strings Project in Dallas, Texas. Her duties at the shop include the rental program, finances, final judgments, advertising, peace maker and (her personal favorite) buying trips to Europe. One of her passions, besides family and music, is writing. When not at the shop, Dixie can be found at home creating a new novel.
Fondly known as the 'Prodigal Son', Charles Huthmaker has made quite a career in the world of collegiate and professional rowing. He spent decades as a head coach, consultant, boat salesman and executive director for colleges, universities and rowing associations. But what many of his crew colleagues did not know is that Charles is a fabulous violinist! And that he had experience working at Huthmaker Violins in the early years. When University of North Georgia hired him as their Head Coach for the new rowing program, the rest of the family begged him to come help out at the shop. He has quickly become a mainstay and is one of the most valuable, and popular members of staff here. We are so glad that he is here!
Meet Our Staff
A graduate of the School of Violinmaking in Xalapa Veracruz, Mexico and the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona, Italy, Francisco is a lifetime learner. While in Cremona, he also worked with Maestro Michael Schimpf and Maestra Luisa Campagnolo. In addition, he has worked in his own shop and taught violinmaking in Veracruz before joining us. His violins have won gold and silver medals. Francisco brings a high level of expertise in restoration and repair to our shop as well as a delightful personality--and a wonderful new brand of coffee.
Jonathan plays the 'cello and loves to building,making and repairing--which led Jonathan to study string instrument repair at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical. He has also spent several summers studying with Hans Nebel in North Adams, Massachusetts. Combine his degree in history with his string instrument restoration experience and add a dollop of ease with customers and you have a very valuable member of our tribe. We have nicknamed him the "Bass King" because he has become the bass/'cello specialist for the shop.
The first time we met Donna was when she came to our shop to buy a viola bow. Her next trip was to become our counter person or Director of First Impressions. Donna plays the viola, performing with the Atlanta Community Orchestra, Jonesboro Methodist Orchestra and chamber music groups. The highlight of her summers is a week long chamber music camp where she continues to expand her ensemble repertoire. A retired Special Education teacher, she loves traveling with friends, riding her bike to Trader Joe's and spending time with her family. And in the true Southern tradition, Donna is an excellent cook and hostess.
Dana is a retired public school orchestra teacher and, in 2001, was named Gwinnett County High School Teacher of the Year and Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year.
She has presented string education research at national conferences and has published articles on performance and string education. Dana also holds Bachelors and Masters performance degrees on cello and has performed with numerous regional symphonies. Currently, she adjudicates at festivals and is active as a clinician with honors orchestras. In her spare time, you’ll find her reading about history, hiking the North Georgia Mountains with her Siberian Husky, or enjoying being Nana to her two grandchildren.