Bridges and Bows is owned and operated by Jessica Eberiel and Valerie Mack Callahan. The desire to open up a string shop came with many years of teaching and performing in the Greater Merrimack Valley area. They realized that there was no local resource that was run by people who understood the needs of string players. The area needed a location that could supply high quality rental instruments and supplies. Combined, the owners have more than sixty private students and have played in many local orchestras. They enjoy working with students and their families and realize the individual needs that string players have. Bridges and Bows hopes to continue to develop and care for the local string community.
Jessica Eberiel Hindson grew up in the Westford Suzuki School beginning piano lessons at age three and violin at age four. As an undergraduate at UMass Lowell, she majored in music and studied violin with Anne Black and Elliot Markow. She began her Suzuki Teacher Training in 1997 at Occidental College with Susan Kempter and has completed Suzuki training through book 4. In 2003 Jessica began her graduate studies at The Boston Conservatory where she earned her Masters Degree in Violin Performance while studying with Joseph McGauley. Jessica continues to be an avid performer in the greater Boston area.
Valerie Mack Callahan grew up in Middleborough, MA. She started the piano in Kindergarten with Marie Nelson, and started violin in fourth grade in the Middleborough public schools. She studied violin throughout grade school and high school with Geda Khatutskaya of the New England Conservatory Preparatory school, and picked up the viola in high school. She has a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Masters in Viola Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Valerie studied violin repair with Horst Kloss at the University of New Hampshire violin institute, which gave her a deeper appreciation of the work that the store’s luthier performs. Valerie is extremely fortunate to play on a violin made by her late great-grandfathter, F. A. Leavitt of Weymouth Mass., and she would love to meet other Leavitt violin owners!