About Us

Welcome to Austin Strings!

Austin Strings is a family-run full-service orchestral string shop with music-teaching studios. We strive to provide excellent one-on-one service and maintain a positive and supportive atmosphere. We welcome students of all ages; picking out an instrument is a fun, interactive process. If you need your current instrument adjusted or repaired you'll be delighted with the results. We set up and adjust many instruments no matter the price range and restore or repair instruments when needed without over-charging or doing any unnecessary work.


If you're looking for a string instrument rental in ATX, look no further! Our rental program is second-to none, see more details here Click for Rental Page.


Austin Strings was opened in May of 2001 after the closing of Northwest Music. Lori worked as a repair technician at Northwest Music and loved that the repair areas were accessible, the atmosphere was friendly and customer service and education were top priority. She decided she wanted to continue this hometown atmosphere and so opened Austin Strings to continue serving Austin and surrounding areas.

Lori Faerber-Iacoletti

Owner & Luthier

Lori is the owner of Austin Strings and Bastrop Sound Sanctuary; She started luthier training in 1996 and opened Austin Strings in 2001. She studied violin setup and repair at The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts under Hans Nebel and bow rehair, repair and bow-making at The University of New Hampshire under Lynn Hannings. She has over 420 in-class hours and over 19 years professional experience repairing and making both bows and violins. Teaching, repairing instruments, and making bows are her biggest passions and she feels very blessed to be a part of the Austin community. 


Lori grew up with older brothers who all took music lessons. She began piano at 8 and then violin at 9. In high school she got the opportunity to play cello at a summer camp and decided to continue cello as well. She received full-tuition scholarships on cello which paid for her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Social Work, followed by a Masters of Science in Social Work. She has been playing cello professionally for over 35 years, with many ensembles including: Ballet West, New American Symphony, Utah Music Theater, Sundance Music Theater, Wasatch Chamber Players, Silverwood Trio, Serenade Strings, and continues presently with Soltice Strings.

Brieann Faerber-Chapple

General Manager, Apprentice Luthier

​I’ve been playing music all my life; I’m so fortunate to have grown up in a musical family! My mom played cello professionally and taught out of our home while I was growing up and my dad had his own fan-powered pipe organ in the living room! I played piano for many years and started cello when I was about 10 years old. I now study bow-making and repair with Lynn Hannings every summer and currently have 305 in-class hours.


Studying bow-making and repair has been very eye-opening as to why so many musicians are uncomfortable and experiencing pain. Most musicians will blame themselves when it is their equipment that needs adjusting. If you are having any pain while playing, bring in your equipment and let us check it over for you! There are many things we can do to help you be comfortable so you can continue to play over the long-term! 


I truly believe music is one of the most amazing things you can do for yourself. It challenges you, makes your mind sharp, and forces you to accept your many flaws and mistakes while still striving for something beautiful. It truly is special and personal! It’s important to get set up with someone who is very positive and knowledgeable about the instruments themselves and can talk you through practice routines and reasonable expectations you can have for yourself when learning a bowed string instrument. I’m so proud to be a part of my mother’s shop where we are friendly, welcoming and masterful. We have the absolute best customers in all of Austin; if you’re interested in learning one of these instruments, we should absolutely be your first stop!

Jennifer DeForke

Apprentice Luthier, Sound Alchemist

I was born with a song in my head and a craft tool in my hands. I’ve never not been a musician. I started piano at age 3 and ended up studying jazz and music theory at University of Houston.  For my 31st birthday, I bought myself a violin after discovering Stephane Grappelli and hot club style jazz.  I played both jazz and classical violin for a few years. At age 43 I discovered that I resonate with the sound of viola over violin. I switched and have not looked back since. 

I currently study viola with Dr. Robert Radmer. I play in the St. Edward’s Orchestra and in the Central Texas Medical Orchestra. I feel that viola is an independent and unique instrument….not a larger violin or a smaller cello. Violists are instrumental (pun intended) to the orchestral sound. We are the soul of the music. Violins are the melody – the storytellers. Cellos and basses keep the music grounded – they are the foundation. But violists get to determine the mood with counter harmonies, off rhythms, and chord tones such as the thirds, sevenths, leading tones, and resolutions - the soul of music.

After studying many different aspects of music such as performance, theory, and composition, I discovered luthiere. I have always been a creatrix and craftswoman, the idea of making, restoring, and doctoring injured instruments really resonated with me. I attended the SLC Summer Repair Workshop in 2017 and have 115 in-class hours. I continue to take summer courses to expand my luthier studies and skills. I like to think of myself as a sound alchemist – transforming common bowed instruments into implements of audible beauty. 

I am extremely grateful to Austin Strings for adopting me into the family and nurturing my passion for sound alchemy. If you think your instrument needs a tune up please come see me! I look forward to working my magic on your instrument.

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Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm-7:00pm

​Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

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