Jennifer Creadick began her violin career as a 10 year-old in Wilmington, North Carolina, studying with the well-known Nancy McAllister. At St.Mary’s College in Raleigh, NC she studied with Phyllis Garris. It was at summer camp in the mountains of Brevard, North Carolina that she noticed the problems that young musicians were having with their instruments. The seed of interest in violin making was planted.
In 1982, Ms. Creadick was accepted as an apprentice by America’s triple gold-medal winning maker Edward Campbell at the Chimney’s Violin Shop in Pennsylvania. She was mentored there as well by the much-admired Samuel Freeman. She was also able to study with the renowned acoustical researcher and maker Carleen Hutchins. While an apprentice, she made about a dozen violins, violas, and two cellos.
In 1987, she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and began working with her new husband Nowell Creadick at his shop, Hillmusic Fine Violins. In 1989 she was awarded an Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council. She continued making instruments, including the instrument Dr. Mary Frances Boyce has used in performances for years. She also added to her skills in the field of restoration and appraisal. Ms. Creadick studied in the University of New Hampshire Summer Institute in advanced bow restoration and making, conducted by Lynn Armour Hannings. Ms. Hannings trained with Mr. William Salchow of New York, and with Bernard Millant of Paris, France.
She was also fortunate to have studied advanced violin restoration techniques at the Oberlin College Summer Institute for Violin Makers, working with Kenneth Meyer, Jeffrey Robinson, and Vakahn Nigogosian. “Nigo” was one of the last of our connections to the great Rembert Wurlitzer of New York, the source for the traininng of Rene Morel and D’ario D’Attili.
Jennifer and Nowell moved Hillmusic to their home, working by appointment only, after their first child was born in 1995. The shop was re-opened, keeping regular hours, as Chapel Hill Violins, in the late summer of 2004.
“Using experience and integrity to help people find instruments and bows that inspire them is a great joy.”