Welcome to the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop!
Since establishing the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop in 2017, our mission is to support string players throughout their musical studies. At our full-service violin shop at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center, you’ll find high-quality instruments, bows, and accessories suitable for players from the youngest beginner with fractional instrument sizing to the advancing player of any age!
Whether you simply love music or want to make a career out of it, the PAS Violin Shop has the tools to help reach your goals. Our specialists will guide you through the shop to play our extensive variety of instruments and to help find the perfect fit for you!
Shop and play the latest instruments from makers Peter Bingen, Lake City, Eastman, Scott Cao, Snow, Calin Wulter; bows by CodaBow, JonPaul and more; accessories by Pirastro, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna, Bobelock, to name a few. You’ll find instruments for beginning orchestra students in our special room with 1/16 to 4/4 size violins, violas at 12″ to 16.5″, 1/8 to 4/4 size cellos and basses up to 3/4 size. Click here for an instrument sizing guide!
While walk-ins are always welcome, it is encouraged to call or email to set up a showing to receive one-on-one help from a specialist in our comfortable, private setting.
We’re open for in-store consultations, curbside pickup, and virtual showings. Ask us about in-home instrument trials!
Monday – Thursday: 10AM – 8PM
Friday: 10AM – 5PM
Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Sunday: 12PM – 4PM
(temporarily extended “back-to-school” hours)
Meet Our Staff
Shop Manager & Specialist
Minnesota native Joshua Choi is a freelance violist in the Twin Cities area and serves as Shop Manager for the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop. In 2018, he joined the Schmitt Music Minnetonka team and quickly transitioned into the role of String Specialist. During his early years, Choi was a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. His experience in these ensembles ignited a passion for music that continued to develop throughout his collegiate years, where he had opportunities to perform across the United States and Europe.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul where he studied with Violin Pedagogue, Dr. Stephanie Allen and privately with former Minnesota Orchestra Principal, Richard Marshall. He has received coaching from other professionals, including SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra Principals Maiya Papach and Rebecca Albers. He also is a founding member of Oak Grove Chamber Music and performed in their debut performance series in August of 2020.
Josh maintains a small private studio in the Twin Cities and continues to perform in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and local orchestras. He also has served as a musical intern and chamber ensemble coach at the Upper Midwest String Camp.
Peter apprenticed at The Violin Shop of Santa Fe in 2001, which led to enrollment at the North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA) in 2003. While a student he interned at Reuning and Son Violins, and graduated with a diploma in Violin Making and Repair from the North Bennet Street School in 2006. He has worked for violinmaker David Gusset, and violinmaker and restorer Andrew Carruthers.
Awards include Certificate of Merit for Violin Tone (VSA 2006), and First Prize for Workmanship and Playability (Art of Sound Competition 2012). Peter joined the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop in 2017.
Marinos is a professionally trained luthier with an extensive background in music. As a cellist he has been active as a performer, teacher, and chamber coach throughout Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor in Music Performance and then began his training as a luthier by apprenticing for two years under Duluth-based lute maker Daniel Larson. Marinos continued his training at the prestigious and internationally recognized Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City – a four year program dedicated to the construction of new violins, violas, and cellos.
Upon graduating, Marinos was invited to work alongside luthier John Waddle where he spent two years immersed in set-up and tonal adjustments. Marinos joined the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop in the spring of 2018 and works alongside Head Luthier Peter Bingen providing professional set-up, repair, and tonal adjustments. Marinos is also active as a maker of new violins, violas, and cellos. He resides in Saint Paul with his wife Sarah and their two dogs Lucy and Pam.
Nick discovered that violin shops were magic as a young child, tagging along with his big sister as she took her instrument in for repairs and check-ups. He started playing violin in the fourth grade (on an instrument from Schmitt Music) and has never really stopped. Nick graduated from Hampshire College in 2003 with a concentration in Music Composition. After learning about a nearby program teaching instrument repair, he jumped at the chance to trade his job working with databases and spreadsheets for one working with planes, knives, and hide glue. He graduated from the Minnesota State College SE in Red Wing with a diploma in Violin Repair in 2017, and started working for Schmitt Music the following summer. Currently, Nick oversees the quality control of Schmitt Music’s student violins, violas, and cellos, and continues to hone his skills in set-up and repair under the supervision of Peter Bingen. Nick remains excited to be able to work with beautiful things everyday, and to help instruments and musicians perform to their fullest potential.
Nick earned a degree from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. At the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop, he is excited to continue learning and honing his woodworking skills in new ways. He has been a woodworker his whole life and has always been inspired by music. After two years of working for the string shop and studying alongside the talented luthiers, he has realized that the making, maintaining, and set up of the instruments in the violin family will be a lifelong interest. He is dedicated to developing proficiency in set up and repairs. In his spare-time he enjoys getting outdoors and working in his own shop where he maintains his passion for building and restoring wooden boats.
Working for Schmitt Music allows him to apply all of the knowledge and woodworking skill he has gained over the years. He truly loves the intricacy, passion, and hard work that go into (re)creating beautifully crafted wooden things to last a lifetime.
Isabel first picked up a violin at age five and never looked back! Her love of music and the violin grew throughout her childhood, helped by her participation in Minnesota Youth Symphonies and many other musical opportunities in the Twin Cities. She studied under Sungrai Sohn at Sarah Lawrence College, graduating with a B.A. in 2013.
After a stint studying music history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she was happy to return to her home state and join the Schmitt Music family. Working in the luthier shop has given her a deeper understanding of and a different perspective on the instrument she has played for decades.
Levi is an assistant luthier working under Peter Bingen in the orchestral department. He is a life long musician with goals to study violin performance at conservatory in 2022. Besides playing music he also loves to cook, spend time outdoors, play guitar and work on his motorcycle.
We offer a great selection of instruments and must-have accessories!
Acoustic Instruments By: Peter Bingen, Lake City, Eastman, Scott Cao, Snow, Calin Wulter, Jarek Koscielny, Maciej Lacek, Ivan Dunov, Albert Nebel, Wilhelm Klier, Fredrich Wyss, and Rainer Leonhardt; along with a selection of vintage and consignments instruments.
Electric Instruments By: Yamaha, Wood Violins, and NS Designs
Bows: CodaBow, JonPaul, Arcos Brasil, L’archet Brasil, Alfred Knoll, Dorfler, Amati, and Eastman
Accessories: The Violin Shop carries rosins and strings by Pirastro, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna, and others; shoulder rests by manufacturers including Everest, Bon Musica, Viva la Musica, KUN, Mach One and more; a variety of cases including Eastman, Lake City, Gewa, Core, Bam, and Bobelock.
Print Music: We carry basic methods and a wide offering of scale books, etudes, concerti, and show pieces suitable for advanced players.