Franciscan priest first brought violin to New Mexico, establishing what became a tradition of violin making and playing. But the Hispanic folk music of New Mexico had begun to die away as times moved on.

Enter Peter White, violinist, and professor of American Studies at the university of New Mexico. According to a story in the Daily Lobo From next Autumn (Fall) UNM will offer a four semester course on violin making and playing – reviving the hispanic folk music of the region. The students, under prof White’s guidance will make their instruments, and learn to play them in the style of their forebears.

White hopes to take his students to Cremona in Italy, to the the International Violin Makers Exhibition and Competition, where they will be representatives of the first people to make violins in what became the United States.

What a wonderful story 🙂