The StringBridge Team
Zachary Moen, C0-Founder
Zachary is an attorney and violinmaker who grew up in a musical family and started violin lessons at the age of three. After graduating in the top five students in his class from law school and working for one of the top law firms in the country, Zachary decided to fulfill his lifelong dream to build violins and spent several years as an apprentice to prominent violinmaker Gregg Alf. Today, he continues to be a leader in both the law and in the violin trade. As a lawyer, Zachary has provided trusted counsel to clients at one of the county's top law firms, as in-house counsel to both international and family owned businesses, and to clients in his own private legal practice. He currently leads a company dedicated to optimizing the practice of law through innovative technology and process. In the violin trade, he owns Zachary Moen Violins, which offers handcrafted violins, violas, and cellos to discerning musicians of all levels, and serves as President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Violin Society of America ("VSA"), a non-profit organization that promotes the art and science of making, repairing, and preserving musical instruments of the violin family and their bows.
SHANNON FITZSIMONS MOEN, CO-FOUNDER
Shannon is the Campus Engagement Specialist at UMS, the performing arts presenter at the University of Michigan and the recipient of a 2014 National Medal of Arts. At UMS, she oversees the organization’s innovative university engagement program, which incorporates UMS performance and arts-based learning strategies across the U-M curriculum, serving over 3,000 students in dozens of courses each year. The program also provides funding, research, and professional development opportunities for U-M faculty seeking to use the arts in their pedagogy. Prior to joining UMS, Shannon worked as a dramaturg and director at theatres across the country, including the Public Theatre, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, California Shakespeare Theatre, and the African-American Shakespeare Company; she has also contributed to publications at the Goodman Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She completed her education at Hamilton College and Northwestern University.