Carleen Hutchins

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1911 – 2009

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Who was Carleen Hutchins?

Carleen Maley Hutchins was an American former high school science teacher, violinmaker and researcher, best known for her creation, in the 1950s/60s, of a family of eight proportionally-sized violins now known as the violin octet and for a considerable body of research into the acoustics of violins. She was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hutchins’s greatest innovation, still used by many violinmakers, was a technique known as free-plate tuning. When not attached to a violin, the top and back are called free plates. Her technique gives makers a precise way to refine these plates before a violin is assembled.

From 2002 to 2003, Hutchins’s octet was the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Titled “The New Violin Family: Augmenting the String Section.”

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Born
May 5, 1911
Springfield
Also known as
  • Carleen M. Hutchins
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Master's Degree, New York University
    Education
    ( - 1942)
Lived in
  • Wolfeboro
    ( - 2009/08/07)
Died
Aug 7, 2009
Wolfeboro

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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