Staff

Jeffrey R. Judd

Violin maker and owner of J.R. Judd Violins, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Jeff began his interest in violin making and restoration as a teenager. He was trained in the European tradition of violin making, working as an apprentice with luthier Richard Menzel in Livingston, New Jersey.

Mr. Judd began playing the violin when he was five years of age and studied with violinists Iona Seigel, Mora Giannini, Fred Schmidt, Dr. John Maltese, and Francis Pittock. He also studied string bass with Henry Neubert. Mr. Judd has a B.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in voice and violin from Grove City College and an M.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in double bass from Ithaca College. Mr. Judd taught at the college level for three years and developed young string players for thirteen years in the Williamsport Area School District.

Jeff and his wife Ann reside in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Their older daughter Julie teaches Biology in Malawi, Africa and their younger daughter Jennie is a graduate student.

Valerie Knower

Valerie is a 1982 graduate of Westbrook College (Portland, ME) with a degree in Dental Hygiene and a 1985 graduate of the University of Southern ME with a degree in Education. She has worked as a dental hygienist in private practice and taught dental hygiene on a college level. Her 30 years in dentistry have polished her interpersonal skills.

She started piano lessons at age seven and continues to play as an adult. She also played clarinet in her high school band and in her early adult years started playing the flute. She enjoys singing in church choirs and performing pieces for special music.

Aside from her love of music, she loves serving at her church, baking, gardening and reading. Valerie and her husband, Mr. Lynn Knower, reside in Williamsport. Lynn is a librarian at a local book distributor. Their daughter Rachel lives and works in Phoenix, AZ and their son Phillip lives and works in Hartford, CT.

Valerie greets you as you enter the shop, answers the phone and assists with all administrative duties.

John K. Lantz

After attending Millersville University where he studied string bass with Dominick Fiore, John K. Lantz apprenticed for three years at The Chimney’s School of Violin Making in Boiling Springs, PA. He created Lantz Violins, Inc in 1997 in Bethlehem, PA. John grew up in Williamsport and started playing the bass in 5th grade.

John worked for AT&T Wireless Services in retail management and staffing for 18 years but always continued building and restoring violins. His recent move to Lewisburg gave him the opportunity to concentrate on his passion and skill. After leaving AT&T John joined J.R. Judd Violins in November 2012 to work on cellos and basses.

Steve Loveland

Steve spends most of his time working on the shop website and is Adjunct Office Staff. Steve is known around the shop for his extensive knowledge of trivia and is also our unofficial Ambassador of Smiles.

John Panaccio

In 1993, John graduated from Temple University with a degree in jazz guitar performance. John apprenticed as a luthier in the shop of Wilbur Wamsley Restorations.

Lindsay C. Shipman

Lindsay Shipman is a graduate of Bucknell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics. Lindsay manages the Rental Program and assists with all things administrative in our office. You might see her at the front desk, talk to her on the phone or hear from her via email.
Lindsay also enjoys tutoring math students, reading, baking, and being outdoors. She lives in Cogan Station with her husband Jared.

Thomas Lantz

Thomas is going into his senior year at Juniata College. He hiked the Appalachian trail in 2018. This will be the second summer Thomas has been with us.

Ian Stebbins

Originally from Lancaster, Ian is a graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Global Studies. At the shop, Ian works on violins and violas, and he is also one of the delivery drivers.

Megan “Gretchen” Wike

Williamsport native Megan is a Viola Performance major at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She is spending the summer at the shop learning how to rehair bows.

Yujie Slinkard

Newark, Delaware is the hometown of summer intern Yujie. Yujie will be a junior this fall at the University of Delaware where she is studying Biology. A cellist since the age of four, Yujie’s love of music brings her to the shop as a summer intern learning to rehair bows.

Annabelle Deufel

Annabelle finished her first year of college at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, and plays viola in the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Lebanon, PA, she plans on returning to Pittsburgh and working towards becoming a tattoo artist. Annabelle enjoys music, art, photography, and taking bus rides on the Port Authority. She is refurbishing violins and violas in the shop this summer as well as helping with marketing and social media.

Jessica Kashetta

Jessica Kashetta does double duty for the violin shop, refurbishing instruments and working as office help. She is a student at Lycoming College working on her music teaching certificate. She teaches private lessons in violin, viola, cello, and piano, and she plays viola in the Williamsport Symphony.