Sponsor Profile: Carrie Scoggins, Scoggins Violin Shop

Scoggins & Scoggins Violin Shop
7644 S. Twin Lake Circle
Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121
801-943-0496 shop
How long have you been in Utah?

I first came to Utah in 1987 to attend the Violin Making School of America. I graduated in 1983, then taught at the school for four years before opening a shop near Liberty Park in 1988.

What services does your shop provide, and is there an area that you specialize in?

I focus on new making of violins, violas and cellos. Mainly violas and cellos.  I am also available for repair work.

What do you love about the viola,anddo you have a particular sound or concept that you are aiming for when you make violas?

I grew up studying  the violin but started playing the viola in college and loved its deep, rich sound. When I started making violas here in Utah I built a number of them for David Dalton’s students at BYU. I learned a lot from those instruments and from following the players through the years. What I focus on is building an instrument that is even across the register, speaks quickly, has a wide dynamic range, and colour to the voicing. Can you play pianissimo and still have clarity and be heard? A viola that is just loud, without colour to its voicing, is boring to me. A viola that can stand up to chamber music work must have character!

Are your violas influenced by particular historical models?

I want the instrument to be easy to play – I use an Amati pattern because I like the sloped shoulders, which makes higher position work easier.

Do you play music yourself, and do you have hobbies or interests away from music and instruments?

I Currently I play violin in the Salt Lake  Symphony. Outside of my work I love hiking and mountain biking, and I just returned from Canada where I got to do both at Whistler Mountain!

Looking forward in seeing everyone at Viola Day !!

Carrie has recently finished two new violas and will be starting a large viola soon.  This beauty will be available to try at Viola Day!


Sponsor Profile: Dan Salini, Salini Violins


How long have you been in Utah?

I have been in Utah for for 23 years, I moved here from Minneapolis in 1995.  There were other many local makers to work alongside, and an environment of youthful, energetic creativity.  The viola was the first instrument I made here in SLC!

What services does your shop provide, and is there an area that you specialize in?

I provide violins ,violas and cellos.  I make new instruments, and give tonal adjustments , bow rehairs, and repairs.

I have been doing my trade for 30 years and continue to learn each day. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with some of the best.

I have been told by many that I have a knack for adjusting and setting up instruments to reach the personal preference of the musician. I am a player myself and grew up in a family of musicians, so my goal is to communicate with my clients about ideas and concepts of sound, and then find the right playablity for the individual.

Do you have a particular sound or concept that you are aiming for when you make violas? What do you love about the viola?

The sound and concept of my violas are to provide an instrument that is easy to play and have a character to the sound which both projects and has warmth.

I find the recent model I am making liberating in that I am playing with dimensions and wood choice. The basic model is that of an Amati. After I make my alterations it has deviated into my own personal model. So far it seems to be working quite well.

I love the viola because it can have so many variations in size sound and style. 

Do you play music yourself?

I play steel guitar , guitar and fiddle. ( maybe I will switch to jazz viola ) . I have been lucky to know so many great musicians locally and nationally. I was once put on stage at Red Butte opening up for the Tedeschi Trucks Band . These days I just enjoy playing at home with the occasional gig out on the town.

Do you have hobbies or interests away from music and instruments?

I enjoy the mountains, snowboarding and the wild west. I feel like I need another century to scratch the surface of what this state has to offer. I really appreciate feeling a part of this community.


By Appointment: 801-949-6174
1609 S. Park Street
Salt Lake City , Utah 84105

New viola currently in progress, see it at Viola Day!


Viola Day – Full Schedule!

Dear Viola Friends,
Here we go with another year!  Viola Day 2018 will feature local luminary Brant Bayless, Principal Viola of the Utah Symphony.  Mr. Bayless will be presenting a masterclass in the morning, and the afternoon will feature a special project of his – The Teton Trio. This ensemble was formed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, and has just recorded their first album! They will be presenting an afternoon of world-class chamber music for viola, clarinet, and piano, a combination which features the lyrical and soloistic side of the viola – particularly exciting when in the hands of a masterful performer such as Mr. Bayless.
We’re also lucky in Utah to have a great local community of skilled luthiers. If you’re shopping for a viola, curious about violas, or just love to play all the violas you can get your hands on – you’ll have lots to do at Viola Day!
Scroll down to read through the full schedule of Viola Day events, you can pre-register by renewing your UVS membership here.
We’ll see you there!
Brad Ottesen and your UVS Team
P.S. Alto Clef cookies…


Viola Day 2018
Saturday, September 29 – University of Utah, Gardner Music Buildingl
Registration: $20 Adult/$10 Student
  • 9:15 Registration: Viola congregation and camaraderie
  • 10:00 Masterclass: Utah Symphony Principal Viola, Brant Bayless
  • 12:00 Free Pizza Lunch! Hang with your viola pals
  • 12:30 Instrument Demonstration: Fry Street Quartet violist, Bradley Ottesen
  • 1:15 Meet Your Maker: Try out all the violas!
  • 2:30 Special Chamber Music Recital: “A Legend, a Fairytale, and Other Stories in Music”, presented by The Teton Trio – Brant Bayless, viola, Gregory Raden, clarinet, and Jason Hardink, piano



Upcoming visit from Timothy Deighton, Professor of Viola at Penn State University, April 12-13!

We’re delighted to welcome our good friend, Timothy Deighton, back to Utah on April 12-13!  Tim gave a memorable recital several years ago as the guest artist for the Primrose Memorial Recital at BYU. This time, he will present a recital at the University of Utah with Pianist Christoper Guzman, and give masterclasses in SLC at the University of Utah, and at Utah State University in Logan.

Tim is a great violist and an imaginative teacher.  You won’t want to miss this!  The recital program will include Bach’s Gamba Sonata no. 3, Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 25 no. 4, and a transcription of Chopin’s Cello Sonata.

All events are free and open to the public:

  • Masterclass: Thursday, April 12, 11:30-1:30, Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah
  • Recital: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM, Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah
  • Masterclass: Friday, April 13, 3:00-5:00 PM, Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 218, Utah State University

Special thanks to the University of Utah Student Chamber Music Society for arranging this recital  – hope to see you there!

Utah Viola Society Annual Recital!

Dear Friends,
The Utah Viola Society is pleased to announce our annual Spring Recital!  Please join us Sunday, February 18 at 3pm at The University Of Utah School of Music, Dumke Recital Hall.

Come join your local violists and together we will explore the fascinating world of Alto-clef repertoire…

Please help us to spread the word – bring your students, teachers, friends, and family!

Paul Hindemith – Sonata, Op. 11 no. 4
Carl Johansen, viola, Melissa Livengood, piano
 Roy Harris – Soliloquy 
Bradley Ottesen, viola, Mayumi Matzen, piano
Alan Shulman – Theme and Variations
Whittney Thomas, viola, Amy Bach, piano
Sofia Gubaidulina – Quasi Hoquetus
Leslie Richards, viola, Amanda Moreton Hales, basson
Jed Moss, piano
J.S. Bach/Kodaly – Fantasia Chromatica
Scott Lewis, viola
Antonin Dvorak – Terzetto
Andrea Ashdown, violin, Will Hagen, violin
Hillary Alleman, viola

Viola Day 2017: The Next Chapter….

Dear Viola Friends,
We hope to see you all this Saturday at Viola Day 2017!  Last year, we celebrated “Tradition and Discovery” by learning about the legacy of William Primrose and David Dalton, and we hosted guest artist Patricia McCarty for a virtuosic recital of important, yet seldom-heard works.

This year, we turn toward “The Next Chapter”, and welcome Peter Slowik from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Professor Slowik is a master educator, and has devoted himself energetically and tirelessly to mentoring hundreds of young violists, and many other young musicians, throughout his long teaching career. He has also served as President of the American Viola Society, and the Artistic Director of the Credo Festival, which develops the musical potential of students while also engaging in community service.

At its root, education is about securing a better future –for our art of music-making, for the lives and careers of our students, and to contribute in our own humble way toward a more open and communicative society. This is also the mission of the Utah Viola Society. If we are organized, and if we make the time and effort to maintain a self-supportive community, then we will survive and thrive in the 21st century. This is about writing the next chapter.

The art of viola-making is also entering a new chapter: we’re excited once again to feature local luthiers, in the hope that we will introduce violists to their next instrument.

Perhaps you can break new ground with your scales – Professor Slowik will begin the day by leading a scale play-in, with a focus on revitalizing your routine.  Bring your violas – no better way to start Viola Day than by all of us warming up together!

Finally, we will end the day together as an ensemble, with Aaron Copland’s great vision for the future, Fanfare for the Common Man, arranged for viola orchestra. All are welcome and encouraged to be part of this performance!

Looking forward (in every way),
Bradley Ottesen and your UVS Team

P.S. Please note that Professor Slowik will be giving several classes at Utah State University on Friday, these are free and open to the public!

Friday, October 13 – Utah State University
  • 2:00 Chamber Music and Viola Masterclass. Caine Room, 2nd floor, Family Life Building
  • 4:30 10 Things I Wish I Had Known in College: Practice Technique and Career Discussion. Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 220
Saturday, October 14 – University of Utah, Gardner Music Building
Registration: $20 Adult/$10 Student
  • 9:00 Registration: Viola congregation and camaraderie
  • 9:30 Scale Play-in
  • 10:30 Masterclass: Guest Artist Peter Slowik
  • 12:30 Free Pizza Lunch! Hang with your viola pals
  • 1:15 Instrument Demonstration
  • 2:00 Meet Your Maker: Try out all the violas!
  • 3:00 Everything You Wanted to Know About Music School But Were Afraid To Ask: Conversation on Auditions and School Decisions with Peter Slowik
  • 4:00 Viola Orchestra – everybody join in!