Sanghoon Lee becomes the VMSA’s new owner, director, and head instructor


Sanghoon Lee and Charles Woolf |

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The Violin Making School of America (VMSA) has named Sanghoon Lee as its new owner, director and head instructor. He succeeds previous owner and director Charles Woolf, who has retired having served as head instructor since 1991.

Lee graduated from the VMSA in 2004 and worked as a restorer at Peter Prier & Son’s Violins. He joined the faculty of VMSA in 2009, where he was instructor of varnish, set up and art class. Lee received a silver medal for violin tone at the Violin Society of America competition in 2010.

Lee’s new role at VMSA was marked by a small ceremony, where former head Woolf passed on a symbolic VMSA apron to Lee, representing the knowledge and success he had built at the school as owner and director.

’We would like to congratulate Charles Woolf on his retirement, and for all he has contributed to the world of violin making,’ the VMSA said on social media.

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