Robyn Sullivan Violins

About Me

I started playing violin at the age of 7. When I was 18 and a counselor at a music camp there was a reoccurring problem of kids having accidents with their instruments right before performances. I had an epiphany then, I wanted to make and repair instruments as a career.

I majored in Music at Skidmore College. For my senior project I apprenticed under Geoffrey Ovington and co-made my first violin with him. I later attended and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making. Since graduating I’ve worked for and with a variety of shops in Chicago and Milwaukee.

When I’m not at the workbench, I’m a violist in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (I switched to viola in college), a wife, a mother of two children, a runner, a cyclist, an avid reader, and an active member in the Quaker community.

 
 Family Photo 2017

Family Photo 2017

Welcome!  I'm Robyn Sullivan, a luthier currently based in Evanston, IL.

A little bit about me, I started playing violin at the age of 7. When I was 18 and a counselor at a music camp there was a reoccurring problem of kids having accidents with their instruments right before performances. I had an epiphany then, I wanted to make and repair instruments as a career.

I majored in Music at Skidmore College. For my senior project I apprenticed under Geoffrey Ovington and co-made my first violin with him in 2004. I later attended and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 2009. Since graduating I’ve worked for and with a variety of shops in Chicago and Milwaukee.

When I’m not at the workbench, I’m a violist in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, wife to a talented artist (Dan Sullivan), mother of two children, a runner, a cyclist, an avid reader, and an active member in the Quaker community.

 
 Family Photo 2017

Family Photo 2017