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 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.
He and his wife are renovating an 1875 farm house in East Buffalo township. Both boys play the violin and are active in the Lewisburg Strings program. Probably the most impressive engagement he plays is the Lantz Family Strings where he plays violin, cello, or bass with his two sons, his dad, his three siblings, his niece and two nephews.
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.
In 1993, John graduated from Temple University with a degree in jazz guitar performance. Shortly thereafter he took the next logical step and began apprenticing with violin maker Robert Brode. John found that shifting focus from music studies to apprenticeship was a welcome change and good fit.
A second fortunate opportunity arrived a few years later in the form of an apprenticeship at Wamsley Restorations in Haddonfield, NJ. The time spent learning from the staff and seeing fine instruments was priceless. There he gained many of the skills used in routine and more sophisticated restoration work.
John deeply enjoys and is humbled by the daily challenge of violin restoration and the continued learning and improvement which accompany this occupation. However, his greatest love and blessing is being with his wife and three children.
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.
Dan graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in
Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology. Originally from Quakertown, Pennsylvania,
Dan moved to Williamsport to attend college. Dan is newly married, October 2018, and
he and his wife live in the downtown section of Williamsport. Dan loves the outdoors, being in
the kitchen, perfecting his craft, and being married.
At the shop, Dan works on cellos, does shipping and receiving, odd jobs, and is one of the delivery drivers.
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.