At the heart of Triangle Strings is owner and founder, Jerry Pasewicz, an internationally recognized luthier and restorer. For the past thirty-six years, his passion and dedication to the string instrument world has created a legacy of quality that permeates the workshop.  We have restored some of the world’s finest instruments and bows backed by his knowledge and expertise. Each instrument for sale must meet high standards of quality and is professionally set-up and adjusted, thus ensuring the best sound and response for the player. We offer professional maintenance of string instruments and bows in addition to providing guidance on a multitude of instrument accessories for purchase at affordable and competitive prices. Classical, folk, modern, or jazz – no matter the genre – we are committed to serving and inspiring all musicians locally and on concert stages around the world.

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Our Team

The promise to our customers is always the same: unfailing commitment to your success backed by experienced, professional advice and the highest quality products.

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Gregory Beckmann Tracy
Instrument & Bow Restorer

Greg is from Kansas City and studied bass in high school under the principal bassist of the Kansas City symphony Jeffrey Kail. He has also performed in master classes for bassists Joe Guastafeste (former principal bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Rob Kassinger (CSO). While in Kansas City he spent a fair amount of his time as a bassist for a young premier jazz band along with several quartets playing in venues in KC’s historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.

Greg’s interest in violin making began in high school when he started an apprenticeship with Ken Beckmann. He then attended the Chicago School of Violin Making, graduating in 2014. After graduation he continued studying with Ken Beckmann while also working with restorer Amos Hargrave. Greg has participated in the Oberlin restoration workshops where he met Jerry Pasewicz and was able to interact with other world renowned restorers.

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Joseph Cosgrove
Administrative Coordinator

Joe Cosgrove was born in the Raleigh area and recently moved back to accept a job at Triangle Strings. He obtained degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Music Performance from Penn State. He has studied viola performance extensively under his primary university professor Tim Deighton, and Philadelphia based Adriana Linares. In his final years of study at Penn State, Joe acquired a Balmforth viola and was inspired by the craftsmanship of the instrument to enter the field of making. Joe’s passions include attending concerts, performing chamber music, collecting tea, and reading. Moving forward he hopes to maintain a high level of performance and pedagogy while embarking on a new and exciting career path.

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Andrea Danchi
Administrative Coordinator

Andrea joined the Triangle Strings team in December of 2016. She received her degree in Art and Design from North Carolina State University. While in school she studied a host of design and craftsmanship skills ranging from woodworking and metalwork in an industrial shop to weaving and draping. She has a passion for North Carolina history and culture and combines her love of writing and making in her North Carolina inspired jewelry collections. Andrea is the youngest of four violinists in her family and enjoys playing with her siblings when they all manage to be in the Triangle together. Her other interests include Duke basketball, Star Wars, hammered dulcimer, and marquetry. She plans to continue to unite her interests in creative education, state history, writing and craftsmanship through her jewelry business and through design-centered educational opportunities across the state. andreadanchi.com

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Dustin Fagg
Instrument & Bow Restorer

Dustin was born in Mississippi and raised in Florida. He started playing guitar while in high school and joined the viola section of the school orchestra with a desire to learn how to read music. A local luthier visited the orchestra and Dustin became fascinated with the idea of making string instruments. After graduating high school and a few years of commercial construction Dustin enrolled in the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. He is expected to graduate in May 2015 with a Certificate of Luthier. In his free time, Dustin enjoys hiking, camping, gaming, and has developed an interest in pottery.

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Dana Friedli
Vice President

Dana Friedli was educated at Eastman and Mannes, receiving her MM from Mannes in 1990. Teachers included Fredell Lack, Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian, Felix Galimir and Stuart Canin. Dana lived and freelanced in New York for 12 years, playing music ranging from Bach to Xenakis and everything in between! In 1998 Dana and her violin restorer husband Jerry Pasewicz relocated to Raleigh to open Triangle Strings. Dana taught at Meredith College for 12 years and at UNC Chapel Hill for 7 years. She is a dedicated teacher of 24 years with a thriving Suzuki Studio. Dana is a founding member of Suzuki of the Triangle, which sponsors TCI, a summer chamber music institute, and also a prep workshop for local youth orchestra auditions. In keeping with her dedication to teaching young children, she founded two Montessori pretwinkle programs for 3-6 year-olds- now in year 5!

Dana has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony, Music-on-the-Hill series at UNC’s Memorial Hall, NC Opera, all things choral at Duke Chapel, and numerous other area groups. Triangle Strings presents a yearly instrument exhibition called ” Meritage”, in which Dana performs on fabulous instruments alongside her favorite colleagues. Dana loves to run, do yoga and make silver and dichroic glass jewelry in her “spare time”.

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Adam Goltry
Instrument & Bow Restorer

Adam has played the violin since he was five years old. His love of violins led him to the University of Kansas where he majored in violin performance. While in Lawrence he apprenticed with renowned luthier Amos Hargrave, and completed his first violin. Adam graduated from KU with a BA in Music Performance in 2011. In 2012, Adam began his studies at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. Adam graduated from the Violin Making School of America in the spring of 2015. Adam spent a brief time in working in the Philadelphia area before moving to Raleigh. Since moving to Raleigh, Adam has become a a member of the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra. He loves riding his bike around Raleigh and spending time with his girlfriend, Marie and their new cat, Checkers.

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Ryan Hayes
Instrument & Bow Restorer

Ryan was born in Houston, Texas and came from a very musical family. At an early age he began playing piano and was strongly encouraged to play musical instruments. When he was twelve years old he began playing the double bass in a middle school orchestra. Ryan was very passionate about music and was interested in pursuing a degree in musical performance until he was exposed to instrument making and repair by James Ham while attending a summer workshop at the University of North Texas. From there, he decided to enroll in the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. After violin making school Ryan felt a strong leaning toward instrument restoration and attended the Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop at Oberlin College. After some time working for a shop in California, Ryan moved to Raleigh to work for Jerry Pasewicz. In Ryan’s spare time he enjoys playing music, mountain biking, surfing, and camping.

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Jerry Pasewicz
President

Jerry Pasewicz began his career making his first violin and bow in 1978. After spending time in violin making school, working in violin shops and owning his own shop, he was hired to direct the workshop at Shar Products in 1988. At Shar he worked alongside multiple award-winning violinmaker and former Weisshaar foreman David Burgess, gaining crucial experience in the restoration of violin and bows. In 1992, armed with this experience, he was hired as an instrument restorer at the famed Jacques Français Rare Violins in New York, under the direction of renowned restorer René Morel. In the Français workshop Mr. Pasewicz not only had the opportunity to work on the finest instruments and bows in existence, but also to work for some of the world’s finest musicians. He continued working under the direction of Maestro Morel for two and a half years, and continued doing work for Jacques Français until leaving Manhattan in 1998. During his time in New York, Jerry Pasewicz also had the honor of serving a bow making apprenticeship with multiple gold medal-winning maker David Samuels.

Member: The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers

Member: Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers (International Association of Violin and Bow Makers)

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Morgan Pasewicz
Intern/Apprentice

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Jenelle Steele
Instrument & Bow Restorer

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.

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Psalm Sebastian
Office Manager

Originally from New York, Psalm moved to North Carolina in 2009 and started working for Pasewicz String Instrument that October. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in New Media from SUNY Purchase. Shortly after graduation, she began working for a company that provided closed captioning and subtitling for television programs and films as their Production Manager. The fast-paced environment of deadlines and managing staff prepared her well for her current position At Pasewicz String Instrument. Though not a strings player, she has come to enjoy the world of violin making and its history, even transcribing lectures for the Violin Society of America. Psalm lives in Raleigh with her husband, Jon, and young son, Canon. She enjoys staying active, the outdoors, exploring North Carolina with her family, going to see live music, reading, and baking.

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Michele Vanderlip
Director

Michele is a Raleigh native with a strong passion for the triangle area music community. Although not a string player, she grew up playing the piano and dancing at the locally operated, St. Mary’s Arts Together school. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science from NC State University in Wood Products. In addition to being a student she was also a teaching assistant for the Wood Anatomy and Physical Property Labs and a part time student recruiter for the Forest Biomaterials Department in the College of Natural Resources. Spending time in the community and in conversation with people is Michele’s ultimate skill, bringing her to work at Triangle Strings. Outside of work, Michele enjoys being silly with her daughter, spending time with her family, and being outdoors: running, biking, camping, and gardening.