I would like to thank family, friends, patrons, musicians, clients, mentors and past employers for all that you have given.
Michael and Maureen Stevens and family, Grant and Lauren Stousland and family, Mark and Amy Stevens and family, Joy and Mike Racine and family, my mother Lois Stevens and Philip Roth for being my family and for all of your financial support and encouragement.
Denise Loukas, without whom I would have never met some of my greatest clients and the many years you stood by me.
Leota Boesen, for your encouragement, support and wonderful clients.
Joe Brey and Tim Dalton for your craftsmanship, friendship and support.
Dorla Mayer for your artisan printing expertise; creating my label and, of course, the Lou Thier t-shirts.
Ann Schmidt for keeping our books straight.
Mike Bernauer, Steve Addison, Jay Sween, Brett Stousland, Terry Hardesty and Steve Cook for your friendship, laughs and support.
Satoru Yamane for being my friend and for the chisels and tools I have used for more than 26 years.
Tschu Ho Lee (my Master), Joseph Morin and the Chicago School of Violin making for giving me the foundation, understanding, discipline, knowledge and skills to become the Luthier I am today and will be tomorrow.
Vermont Violins & Burlington Violin Shop, Hill Country Music Store, William Harris Lee, H & H Music Store, Amati Violin Shop and Lisle Violin Shop for your employment, friendships and valuable experience.
Special thanks also to Eric Shaw for your brilliant and enduring maker's mark and logo.
Special thanks to Jonny + Michelle Hoffner and Paper Antler for your photographic and film production brilliance; for capturing my spirit and potential; for expressing my thoughts and for capturing and conveying my life, work and journey.
Special thanks to God.
Glenn Robert Stevens
an American Luthier
Glenn is a master luthier and a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making under Maestro Tschu Ho Lee. Mr. Stevens brings 27 years of experience and old-world finesse to each and every instrument.
As a cellist himself, having worked on thousands of classical instruments, Mr. Stevens creates a sound that embodies warmth and power and is soothing to the ear for an excellence professional musicians expect.
Glenn was recognized, early in life, as having an ear with perfect pitch and a love for the cello and classical instruments. In 1981, he entered The University of Akron with a full-ride cello scholarship. Glenn then enrolled in the Chicago School of Violin Making and graduated in 1986.
Since graduation, Glenn has worked for various luthier shops around the country including William Harris Lee & Co. in Chicago, Illinois and has repaired, restored, set-up and consulted on thousands of instruments for as many musicians.
Glenn's musical ear and craftsman's hands brings to life a special touch to each and every instrument he creates.
While Glenn's focus is on making cellos, violins and violas, he has been sought out by musicians around the world to help them set up their instruments for a fit and sound they have previously been unable to achieve, but knew was possible. Glenn enjoys this process and is happy to help.
Over the years, Glenn has repaired and restored thousands of instruments and bows. On a "by appointment only" basis and when time permits, Glenn is available for repairs and restorations.
Glenn is still persuaded by the thought that he can do better with each instrument he makes. The process of starting with raw pieces of wood and transforming them in to beautiful instruments with a sound that can only be achieved with old-world methods is awe inspiring. For those musicians having the good fortune to own, and play, such instruments, this is understood.
Touch of the Master’s Hand
Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin but held it up with a smile; "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!" "Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars twice; going for three.." But no, from the room, far back, a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low, said; "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand what changed its worth." Swift came the reply: "The touch of a master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, a "mess of pottage," a glass of wine; a game - and he travels on. "He is going" once, and "going twice, He's going and almost gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and the change that's wrought by the touch of the Master's hand.
Myra 'Brooks' Welsh - 1921