Chris grew up in St. George, Utah and, after serving in the military and being away from Southern Utah for over 20 years, he is happy to call St. George his home again. Chris started playing the violin when he was 8 years old and, as he was approaching adulthood he passed on his love of music by teaching those just starting to play. After returning home from Iraq, Chris went back to what he knew and loved – the violin. He began teaching private music lessons in 2009 and after watching students struggle with sub-par, cheap, and unplayable instruments from online retailers, Chris and Jackie embarked on their entrepreneurial journey in 2011 with a mission to help parents buy quality instruments at an affordable price.
We understand there is only so much even the most gifted student can do with, what music teachers call, a VSO or violin-shaped object. We supply instruments that will challenge the student rather than impede their ability to play with confidence.
After Chris made a career in music he quickly developed a reputation that kept his teaching schedule full and parents driving hours to get an instrument from him instead of a quick trip to a music store. Although Chris’ latest journey has resulted in opening a music store instead of selling instruments and teaching from his home, it is his priority to keep the same positive experience and share his expertise with each customer.
Stop by and visit the Violin Gallery at Green Gate Village and you will quickly see that this is not your traditional music shop.
We have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds since we met aboard a U.S. Army transport plane in 2003 as we headed toward Iraq. We spent fifteen months in a combat zone and, after returning home, got married, and started our life together.
Many veterans that serve return home to discover that things that were once simple have become difficult. After being medically/honorably discharged from the military, Chris struggled with traditional employment. Music has not only been a great coping mechanism but has provided Chris with a wonderful career that enriches the lives of those around him.
Even after a decade of supplying instruments to families and schools, it has remained our top priority to always provide quality instruments, helpful expertise, and a positive experience.
Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you will come in and visit our new store at the Green Gate Village Shops!