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String Instrument Repair Workshop for String Players and Teachers

June 19-24th, 2022  Chicago Point LLC, Wautoma Wisconsin



Join instructors John Schultz, Schultz Strings and Mark Messer, Messer Violin Shop for a multi-day class that will explore basic string instrument set up, repair, and maintinence. This class is designed for school music directors, private string instructors, performers, and others interested to take their repair knowlege and techniques to the next level. No previous experience is needed. You are welcome to use your own program instruments, or some will be provided to work on during the class. 

Topics Covered:

During the course, we will learn and refine skills on techniques such as: setting the bridge and soundpost as well as general set up, gluing open seams, reattaching fingerboards and nuts, adjusting and installing new pegs, cutting bridges and new sound posts, basic varnish touch up, Installing and selecting strings, basic bow maintenance and basic repair, endpin adjustment and replacement. Other repairs will be discussed and covered broadly, such as bow rehairs, repairing cracks, and reattaching necks. Although, these more advanced techniques may not be covered by all participants depending on experience. 

What Tools And Experience Do I Need?

No experience is required, although a working knowlege of string instrumets will be very helpful. If you already have an instrument repair tool kit you may bring one. However, you will also be able to purchase a repair kit prior to the camp so that you may learn these skills and use your skills when you return to your home program. For some advanced repairs we will have additional tools available and be able to demonstrate these techniques. 

Where Will This Class Take Place?

This class will take place in beautiful central Wisconsin in Wautoma, Wisconsin. Our classes will be held at Chicago Point LLC, a resort home and facility located on Silver Lake, just a 3-5 minute drive from down town Wautoma and many amenities. 

Housing For Guests Traveling To The Camp:

We have arranged a room block at the Wautoma Borders Inn and Suites by Cobblestone Hotels. King and double bed rooms are available for $109 per night. The hotel provides breakfast, a pool, and many other amenities. To reserve your room, simply give them a call prior to May 15th and mention the "Schultz Strings Instrument Repair Workshop" as the block name. (920) 787-5050. We also have limited housing available on site at Chicago Point LLC for $120 per night. You may contact us at [email protected] to inquire about those rooms.

What Else Will There Be To Do?

Wautoma and Silver Lake are home to many outdoor adventures. You will have acess to the exceptionally clear and sandy bottom Silver Lake and can swim or the facility has kayaks. If you are a cyclist or runner, bring your gear and enjoy some of the best rural roads around. There are several wonderful restaurants and supper clubs in the area. We will also plan some chamber music reading for those that are interest and we will host a few group meals on location. There will likely be bon fires and potentially some karaoke. 

This Sounds Good! How Do I Sign Up, And What Does It Cost?

Registration can be started by filling out the registration application through the link below. Once we receive your information, we will send you an invoice which you can pay following the instructions. You may pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card. If your school program will pay for this class, we can send an invoice to your program or acounting department. Just let us know! This class is only $850 until May 1st. At that time, the rates increase to $950. We have a minimum of 10 participants and maxium of 15, so you will have a great teacher to student ratio!

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Meet Your Instructors:


Mark Messer, Messer Violin Shop


Mark earned his Bachelor of Music (ED) from University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1972 and Master of Music in 1976 and has enjoyed a diverse and extensive career in music education, string restoration, and performance. In addtion to a 32+ year career serving as a string specialist instrcutor at the Madison Metropolitian School distirct, he has concurrently operated Messer Violin Shop since 1972. 

As a performer and director, Mark has also performed as a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and has been a Clinician and Ajudicator for numerous Wisconsin School Music Association Contests. He has additionally presented many times at Wisconsin State Music Conventions and was an instructor of String Repair at the UW-Madison National String Workshop. 


John Schultz, Schultz Strings


Violinist, John Schultz received his BM and MM from Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied on full scholarship with Dr. Myron Kartman. He has a diverse career as an entrepenuer, performer, educator, clinician, woodworker, and luthier.  John and his wife, Rebecca, founded Schultz Strings, a string instrument store based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their team services several dozen school districts serving hundreds of teachers and thousands of performers across the midwest and beyond. Aside from Schultz Strings, John performs regularly with Orchestra Iowa and other regional orchestra. He enjoys chamber music and performed professionally with the Arreaux Strings Quartet and now gives numerous recitals, chamber concerts, and presentations each year. Comfortable as a soloist, Mr. Schultz has appeared with numerous orchestras and ensembles. John is a passionate Suzuki educator and his students have performed as soloists with many orchestra around the midwest and won entry and scholarship at some of the most regarded conservatories and schools in the world. He has built many youth orchestras, chamber music festivals, and has served as a guest artist, clinician, and educator for countless festivals and programs. Aside from music, John enjoys woodworking, cycling, and dedicates himself to his volunteer efforts to Rotary Youth Exchange. 














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(844) 443-6159 · [email protected]

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