Violin Specialist

Lamorinda Music is now accepting applications for a full-time Violin Specialist. We are a family-owned and operated full-line music store in charming downtown Lafayette, California. In addition to retail sales and instrument rentals, Lamorinda Music has 10 teaching studios and a busy repair business. We are a fast-growing vibrant store within a highly-educated community that strongly supports the arts.


Our shop staff repairs and maintains band and orchestra instruments from our own rental pool as well as customer and school instruments. We take pride in providing friendly service and advice to musicians of all levels - from beginning 4th graders to experienced adults. We are an authorized dealer for a range of high-quality, educator-approved instruments from Eastman, Century Strings, Yamaha, Conn-Selmer, and Buffet among others.


We are looking for someone who will be the recognized violin expert in the store and the broader orchestral community. This role will conduct group violin classes (Suzuki method preferred), work closely with local music educators,  maintain our violin and viola rental fleet, work closely with our Chinese violin manufacturers to ensure instrument quality, work with customers on any issues they have with their instruments, and provide expert guidance. This role will also work as a sales associate as needed and will assist in all aspects of the business that make Lamorinda Music a customer favorite. We will train a candidate in basic strings repair if necessary as long as they are very proficient on the violin or viola, have teaching experience, are eager to learn, and have a high attention to detail. 


Primary Duties

  • Expert customer assistance with violins and violas  

  • Liason with local music educators (both at the schools and private teachers)

  • Teaching store-sponsored group and private violin classes (Suzuki method preferred) 

  • Assist in buying decisions related to our orchestral fleet of instruments

  • Set-up, repairs, and touch-up of orchestral instruments (training provided) - covering both customer instruments and our rental fleet.

  • Assist with minor repair and cleaning of our band instrument rental fleet


Additional Duties

  • Greet and help customers with merchandise selection

  • Ring up sales in computerized POS system

  • Help students choose an instrument to play

  • Input and explain instrument rental contracts

  • Explain teaching studios and refer accordingly

  • Help keep repair shop/store tidy, including vacuuming, bathrooms, etc.

  • Set up for events, recitals, and classes



  • Bachelor degree in Music-related field required, Violin or Viola specific degree preferred

  • Highly proficient with the violin and/or viola. Experience repairing/maintaining string instruments a strong plus. 

  • Experience teaching violin or viola to students (Suzuki or similar methodology preferred)

  • Professional, friendly demeanor and excellent customer service skills

  • Detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated

  • Willingness to be flexible with hours during busy seasons, vacations, and events

  • Ability to speak Chinese (Mandarin) a strong plus

  • Band instrument repair experience not required, but preferred



$17-22/hr. DOE, plus benefits (medical, dental, 401K match) and employee discount


Please contact

John and Colleen McCormick, owners Lamorinda Music

(925) 385-0963


Posted: December 7, 2017

We are OPEN Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM-5 PM.