Jordan Hess started studying classical violin at the age of 5. This was paired with an interest and aptitude for wood working, and by the age of 14 he had designed and built an instrument resembling a violin entirely of his own accord. Soon thereafter he began a maker’s apprenticeship at Indianapolis Violins, under Christ Ulbricht and Ted Skreko. Since 2014 Jordan has been living and working in Salt Lake City, first studying under local maker John Young before establishing his own business. He enjoys researching classical working methods and concepts, as violin acoustics and physics. This has led to opportunities to lecture alongside other professionals in the field such as Iris Carr, Andrew Ryan, Nathan Giem and others. Jordan’s work is unique in that he has the mind of both a maker and a musician. Because of this he is able to cater to the needs of high level musicians, providing an unmatched quality of sound and playability. Jordan offers new instruments for sale, as well as setup and tonal adjustment.
Hannah Fenn is a seventh generation maker from the Gläsel family from Markneukirchen. She was first immersed into the violin world at a young age by her mother who would import and wholesale strings and violin accessories from their home. She has a degree in Arts with emphasis in drawing and painting at Ohio University. Soon after, she moved to New York and worked for Glasser Bows in the Bronx. She then quickly decided to pursue violin making fully and did a six month repair study with her cousin Kurt Gläsel in Gelsenkirchen, Germany before enrolling in school. In October 2015 she started at the Violin Making School of America and finished in February 2018. She apprenticed with Jordan Hess for two years and is now working at Sugarhouse Violins with an emphasis in making new instruments.