String Bank


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

All incoming string students are expected to procure and maintain access to a professional-level instrument throughout the duration of their studies. Though eligible students may apply to be considered for an instrument loan through Western’s String Bank, these loans are not guaranteed upon admission and should not be considered a substitute for personal access to an instrument. The normal expectation is that students have an adequate instrument to attend to their degree.

For more information contact Professor Annette-Barbara Vogel.

Return of Currently Loaned Instruments

Instruments borrowed for the duration of the 2023-24 school year must be returned no later than Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

The String Bank is located in Talbot College, room 313, and is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 1:30pm.

For more information, contact the Music Resource Coordinator, Leonard Ingrao at or 519-661-2111 x85395.

Summer Loans

As communicated by email, summer loans must be returned by the first day of undergraduate classes in September. Any return past that date/time will incur late fee penalties.

Annual String Instrument Care Workshop

All bowed string students registered or intending to register for lessons (including graduate and undergraduate majors and non-majors) are required to attend this annual workshop. All others are also welcome to attend. Information on instrument care, repair, and buying advice will be presented. Topics such as the history of instrument making may also be discussed. 

This yearly workshop is conducted on the first Saturday following the start of classes, usually around 2-4pm, with complete details posted in advance.