String Bank

Western's String Bank is a collection of more than 40 fine Italian, French and English instruments and bows. These are available for loan to select violin, viola, cello and bass students in Music Performance, and are maintained by our resident experts.

For more information contact Annette-Barbara Vogel.

String Bank Form 2017 Summer String Bank Loan Application (PDF 86KB)
String Bank Form 2017-18 String Bank Loan Application (PDF 18KB)

Return of Current Instruments:

Currently rented String Bank Instruments (2017-18) must be returned to Len Ingrao by no later than Monday, April 16, 2018. Please check with him for his location and office hours.

Summer 2017 loans must be returned to Mr. Len Ingrao during his posted office hours no later than Friday, September 11, 2017 (or at the orchestra audition if after office hours).

**Late fees apply as outlined in the rental agreement.

Annual String Instrument Care Workshop:

****Due to an urgent and unforeseen medical matter, the string workshop originally scheduled for Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 at 2PM has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for a later date. If you are hoping to benefit from the use of a string bank instrument this year, please be on the lookout for upcoming e-mails in which we will communicate the new date and time of this mandatory information session. Thank-you for your flexibility and understanding.*


REQUIRED FOR ALL bowed STRING STUDENTS registered or intending to register for lessons (including non-majors). All others welcome to attend.

All bowed string students, entering and continuing, graduate and undergraduate (including non majors) are required to attend this annual workshop. This workshop will focus on instrument care, repair, buying advise and possibly on the history of instrument making. (It may include a “hands-on” session on glueing open seams.)

This year's workshop will include a session which will provide an overview of the technical and mechanical developments of stringed instruments since the 17th century.

This event will be organized as part of the Orientation Week Events and in coordination with student Council. This will also be an opportunity for students and faculty of the string area to meet.

Snacks / beverages will be available.