Sarah Bystrom began playing the violin when she was ten years old, studying
Suzuki and classical violin. While taking violin lessons with John Reed, an
instructor at the esteemed Red Wing Musical Instrument Repair Program, Sarah
gained interest in violin building and instrument repair. Over the next four years, she apprenticed with Mr. Reed learning violin building and instrument repair.
A graduate of Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota,
Sarah specialized in violin and bow repair studying with Lisbeth Nelson Butler and
John Reed. Sarah continues to pursue her passion in bow making and repair, taking
bow-building workshops with Rodney D. Mohr and working with other builders to
hone her trade. Sarah works as the bow specialist at Williams Fine Violins as well as performing some instrument repair and set-up.