Jenelle Steele


It was the pleasing visual appearance of the cello, as well as its sound, that inspired Jenelle to start playing cello at age twelve. A lifelong visual artist and musician, she attended St. Olaf College, where she performed with the St. Olaf Orchestra, earned a B.A. in Studio Art, and completed a fifth year art apprenticeship program in ceramics. During her early career, Jenelle worked in a bronze sculpture foundry, managed a furniture refinishing store in Colorado, and designed custom mosaics in New York City.  Although these were artful jobs, they lacked the element of music.  It wasn’t until she had a ‘cello-accident’ on her way to rehearsal one day and took her cello to a luthier to get it fixed, that she first realized she wanted to pursue a career as a maker and restorer of violins. She moved to Salt Lake City to attend the Violin Making School of America, where she graduated Cum Laude in May 2014. She loves working at the Pasewicz shop with an amazing team of fine luthiers and bow makers. Continuing her love of cello, Jenelle plays in chamber groups and community orchestras, and enjoys hiking, swimming, eating all sorts of food, and spending time with her partner Casey.