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Devin Hough, luthier and musician, has dedicated his life to building and repairing string instruments, including  baroque-era violins, viola d’amores, and violones. (Photo courtesy of Devin Hough)

Musician, Devin Hough, gives a rare glimpse into the history and modernization of baroque-era string instruments

Jaqueline Ruvalcaba, Staff Writer March 20, 2022

These days, working as a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments, is an unusual profession. Over time, the craft has largely been replaced by mass production in an age that often values efficiency over...

Lida Haphar, biochem and molecular biology major, has been playing the violin since she was 6-years-old and in the last year she has competed in the Crescendo International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Lida Kaphar’s on-going passion for music

Emily Mello September 23, 2019

At only 5-years-old, Lida Kaphar decided that she wanted to play the violin, even though her mom wanted her to learn the piano first.   “Every single immigrant parent wants you to play some kind...

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