STRING INSTRUMENT SPECIALISTS was founded in 1977 to provide specialized repair services for school string instrument programs. Since then, we have grown into a full-service repair and restoration workshop. We carry accessories, cases and supplies, and sell carefully selected instruments in all price ranges on a limited scale.We are in a unique position to serve music educators and student string players since string education is our primary interest.
We offer consulting services and mentoring assistance to teachers and schools, and present clinics and inservice sessions on a wide variety of subjects of interest to string teachers. We assist school districts in optimizing their music programs. We also are available for festival adjudication or guest-conducting appearances.
Our unique catalog of music for strings has developed from many years of personalized work with school programs. Each of the selections addresses specific teaching points and fills a niche in program requirements. Each selection shows awareness to the needs of school musicians and is carefully edited for student understanding. Our publications may be purchased though any sheet music dealer.
We also offer live performance services by The Olympic String Quartet and by cellist Ian Edlund. Made up of the foremost string professionals in the South Sound area, The Olympic String Quartet performs regularly to wide acclaim in concerts and for weddings, banquets and other social occasions.
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Ian Edlund, founder and owner of String Instrument Specialists, is a nationally-recognized music educator who had a distinguished thirty-five year career with the North Thurston Public Schools in Lacey, Washington.
About Ian Edlund
From 1970 until 1997, Mr. Edlund was Music Director and Conductor of The Olympia Symphony Orchestra, developing this organization into one of the most respected community orchestras in the Northwest. His work with the Olympia Symphony and his leadership in the South Sound arts scene was recognized by Washington Governor Gary Locke in 1997.
Mr. Edlund has been secretary-treasurer and president of the Washington String Teachers' Association and president of Southwest Washington Music Educators. He has served as both organizing chairman and local chairman of Washington All-State Orchestras, and remains a busy adjudicator, clinician, performer, and guest conductor throughout the Northwest and Canada. He is a recipient of the coveted Elizabeth Green School Educator Award from the American String Teachers' Association.
From 1990 until 2012, Mr. Edlund directed the W-ASTA Birch Bay String Workshop, a comprehensive week of activities for string teachers. This unique workshop, held during the first week of August each year in Ferndale, Washington, enrolls over sixty participants from around the country each summer. It is the only workshop of its kind offered in the western United States.
Outside the business, Mr. Edlund loves golf, has built two houses (and still had the desire to live in each of them), has restored a 1956 Chevrolet, and likes to hit the trails in the Olympic mountains as often as possible. But his favorite activity is spending time with his wife and two grown daughters.