About Us

A Weiland, Luthier

Anna Weiland grew up in Phoenix Arizona where she studied violin/viola under Mr. William Bagwell, principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony. Mr. Bagwell played one of the few Amati violas in existence. Andreas Amati was the earliest maker of violins and the teacher of Antonio Stadivari and Andrea Guarneri.

Anna often played with her teacher and became enamored with older instruments. When attending Phoenix Symphony concerts she regularly went backstage to meet soloists so she could look at the violins they played. Her interest in music also led her to conduct the Phoenix Symphony in concert as a student in it’s Young Conductors program. These experiences developed an early interest in older instruments and how they were made.

Anna Weiland learned violin repair and restoration under Anton Smith and Armin Barnett.

Anton Smith received a geselle degree from the State Violin Making School in Mittenwald Germany in 1967. He was head instructor at the Violin School of America in Salt Lake City and recently retired as head repairman for Shar Products in Ann Arbor Michigan. Anton currently has a shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Armin Barnett worked for Kenneth Warren in Chicago 1973-1977 and studied violin making under Tschu Ho Lee. He also worked with Michael Weller, former head of the Wm. Moennig shop in Philadelphia and is currently in the shop of Rafael Carrabba in Seattle Washington.

Anna played viola with the Spokane Symphony and studied under Sister Xavier Mary Corvasier, a Julliard graduate, while attending violin repair school.  While in Spokane, she received the Congress of Strings Award adjudicated by Eudice Shapiro and played under Rainer Miedel of the Seattle Symphony and James DePriest of the Portland Symphony.

Anna set up shop in Moscow, Idaho in 1980 and later graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. As a young luthier, Anna Weiland worked for Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and students and teachers in the area.

Ms. Weiland opened her violin repair shop in Colorado Springs in 1994.