Shortly after Christmas, and while most of the US was being hammered by the famous Polar Vortex, Anna Huthmaker and I arrived in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for a second visit. Our hosts were string teachers Caitlyn Kamminga and Eleanor Ryan from the Academy for Performing Arts, which is affiliated with the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
I visited Port-of-Spain following hot on Anna’s heels – luckily for me, she left a very favourable impression! There was quite an overwhelming amount of work to be done. Most of the instruments I dealt with needed fingerboard work, as well as a good clean-up.
The LSF-USA chapter is up and running and we are in the middle of our first official mission. Ute Zahn and I traveled to Trinidad to work with the students and faculty of the University of Trinidad/Tobago and the Academy of Music. I went in early March, 2013 and spent a week rehairing and restoring bows, as well as teaching 6-7 college-aged students how to rehair bows.