Please Welcome Bomin Collins as our New Artistic Director!


Many of you have had the opportunity to get to know Bomin over the years. A protégé of our founder, Dorothy Amarandos, Bomin grew up in the world of Cellospeak. Since a young age, she has contributed to the evolution of our organization – first as an administrative assistant and then later as a faculty member – always holding us dear to her heart.

Earlier this year, Bomin joined the ranks of our board and immediately began helping with the upcoming workshops. She has chosen the choir music, created group assignments, and coordinated the faculty. Bomin has become an invaluable component of this summer’s events!

We are delighted that Bomin has agreed to serve as our new Artistic Director. She is a fantastic teacher, a wonderful musician, and the perfect addition to our executive team!

The Brobst Story

Graydon Barnum, Sharon Brobst Barnum, David Brobst   Seated: Gerald Brobst and Emily Brobst

One of the biggest supporters of Cellospeak is and has been the Brobst family, who run the Brobst Violin shop in Washington, DC. Their story is one of combined family talents from 4 generations to create and sustain the Brobst violin shop. The shop was founded in 1966 by Loren and Gerald Brobst, father and son. Loren had a natural talent for design, construction, and fabrication and worked as an industrial engineer in the steel industry. He was an accomplished craftsman with a keen interest in the inner workings of everything. This fueled his interest in repair and restoration which became a key element in the formation of their company.

Gerald shared many of his father’s interests and abilities in addition to a passion for the violin. Prior to college, he took private lessons, attended concerts and began the study of violin repair and making. In college, he studied violin performance and upon graduation, auditioned for the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. and was accepted as a member. A violinist, restorer, violinmaker, teacher and orchestra conductor, Gerald provided the impetus for the company’s birth. With Loren’s talents and years of technical expertise, together they opened their workshop in Alexandria, Virginia.

Built upon a foundation of excellence in craftsmanship, innovation, and honest business practices, the company has grown from serving local musicians and students to an enterprise with an international clientele. David Brobst is a restorer, maker and connoisseur with a master’s degree in fine art for painting and sculpture. Sharon Brobst Barnum is a bowmaker and restorer, as well as a talented singer and violinist, with a degree in musical performance. Graydon Barnum is a connoisseur and manager of business affairs, as well as a talented musician with a degree in music industry. Gerald’s wife Emily is a former strings teacher with a degree in musical performance and education, and manages the string music department.

If you are in Washington, DC and you are looking for a new instrument or are in need of a repair, please consider the Brobst Violin Shop.

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