Paula Keller Smith, Owner/Manager Keller Strings LLCPaula playing cello

  • Second generation violin shop entrepreneur since May 1990. Owned and operated Keller Strings, Inc., (Violin family instruments, bows, repair and restoration, instructional studios, rentals) in the Midwest region.
  • Created and marketed  WildHair®, dyed horsehair for wholesale and retail  1995 – 2010
  • Mentors and instructors: Frank Keller (Father, deceased); L. Gene Bearden, Owner Bearden Violin Shop St. Louis, Missouri, International Society of Violin and Bow makers; Lynn Armour Hannings, Bowmaker, Member- American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
  • Favorite skills: Customer service, bows (rehairing and restoration), varnish touchup

John W. Smith, Owner/Manager Keller StringsJohn LLC

  • Violin Shop sales and restoration since May 1991. Keller Strings, Inc., (Violin family instruments, bows, repair and restoration, instructional studios, rentals) in the Midwest region.
  • Trained under Frank Keller, Horst Klaus, Violin Maker, Boston;  Gene Bearden, Violin Maker, St Louis
  • Favorite skills: restoration – violins, violas, and cellos. Finding the correct instrument for my customers. Favorite repair: button graft/sound post patch.

Danielle Ryce, Website Management/Online Shop Upkeep:20150312nycetips_448

  • Graduate of Loyola University, where she majored in Music Industry & Music Performance, with a concentration in violin performance.
  • Danielle co-leads the indie adventurous-pop group Nyce!, in which she plays violin as well as sings. Danielle performs with various original music groups in the city, as well as performs on Frenchmen and in the Quarter singing & playing jazz and covers.
  • Danielle teaches violin here at Keller Strings, and enjoys watching her studio grow.
  • Outside of Keller Strings and music, Danielle enjoys creating art, running, The Office, and cooking with friends.

Brandt Whitaker, Instrument Repair / Customer Assistance:

  • Second summer tour here at Keller Strings
  • Brandt is going to be a Junior at Ben Franklin this upcoming fall
  • Brandt has played violin since kindergarten, and studies with Harry Hardin.
  • Outside of violin, Brandt helps out with the wood shop at Country Day’s creative arts summer camp. He speaks a “little bit” of French, and his favorite movie is Inception.
  • Brandt considers himself the resident tape-removal specialist, and would like to take this opportunity to plead to all educators and students to use instrument-friendly tapes when marking instruments

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Cooper Dean, Shop Entertainment:

  • 11 year old Boston terrier
  • Cuteness Extraordinaire
  • Skills: Eating, Sleeping and Allowing low- and even no-cost petting….