Strings N' Things

Staff

James Johnson, Partner & Trained Luthier

James was born and raised in Indiana and studied music education at Indiana University and Murray State University. He later returned to Indiana University to study String Technology with Ole Dahl, a European Master Luthier. There he received extensive training in building, restoring, setting up and repairing stringed instruments. Studying instrument and bow history, famous makers and means of identification, supplemented his technical skills. Training to play violin family instruments made it easier to adjust and test his work. James graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Music with a degree in String Technology. With over 35 years experience in repair and restoration of stringed instruments, he has an impressive level of expertise. James is a member of the VSA, NAMM & MVA.

His duties include purchasing, repairs, setups, restorations, tonal adjustments and bow work. He also plays an active role in all other aspects of the business.

Judith Doyle, Partner

Judith was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Northern Kentucky. She attended Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, graduating with honors. She majored in Psychology and Sociology and minored in English and Art. After college, Judith first worked for Procter & Gamble and then moved on to a career in real estate. Helping to create Strings N’ Things has been a fascinating challenge which resulted in a very satisfying career.

Her duties include managing the office, customer service, selecting music books and educational materials, sales, record keeping, marketing, payroll, purchasing and doing varnish repairs on the rental instruments.

Emily Damerow, Associate

In 1999, Emily Damerow graduated Summa Cum Laude from Geneva College with a B. A. in Music. She is a valuable staff member, serving customers, doing office work and preparing instruments for rental and sale.

Nathan Hilvert

Nathan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Burlington, Kentucky. He studied Violin Performance at Northern Kentucky University with Catherine Lange-Jensen and was the concertmaster of the NKU Philharmonic. He has given violin instruction privately and through the NKU preparatory department. He is an active musician working as freelance performer and composer around the city. In the summer of 2011 he began working at Strings N’ Things part-time and joined the staff full-time in 2016. He is a valuable member of the staff and aids in maintaining the rental fleet. He also helps to do setups, adjustments and sales.