SOLA's Story

Together we work with players of all levels, from students to professionals, and from all genres, from Cajun & Creole to Classical.  We love what we do here at Sola Violins!

Anya Burgess, Owner of Sola Violins

I am a violin maker, restorer and player. My days are spent working with wood and hand tools, repairing and building instruments using traditional methods and designs. My work is very satisfying,  and blends my interests in craft, design, and music.

My formal training started at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where I completed their violin making program.  From there I worked with a luthier in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and also at the Music Emporium in Arlington, MA.

Local Workshop

Since 2002, I have worked in a shop behind my home (pictured above) about 30 minutes from Lafayette, LA.  In the fall of 2014, I opened a full-service violin shop, Sola Violins, in the heart of downtown Lafayette.   This move has allowed for the expansion of inventory and services, and greater accessibility to most of my clientele.  Joel Pautz (trained at the North Bennet St. School in Boston, MA) came on board in February of 2015. 

Player at Heart

In addition to building and working with violins, I play the fiddle in two Grammy-nominated Cajun bands, Bonsoir Catin and the Magnolia Sisters. All instruments aside, I love spending time with my two young sons and my husband, enjoying the woods around our home on the Bayou Teche.

Thank you to my mentors and sources of inspiration over the years: Otis Tomas, Paul Hostetter, Michael Darnton, the Cremonese masters, and all of the violin players I work with and admire.


Joel Pautz Luthier, Bow Specialist

Joël Pautz does all of our bow rehairs here at Sola Violins and also maintains our rental instruments. He is a trained luthier, having studied violin making at the North Bennet St. School in Boston, MA and continues to build instruments in his home workshop here in Lafayette, LA.  Joel is also an accomplished violin player, French speaker, and all around nice guy!

Upcoming Events

Art Walk:  Join us for Art Walk every 2nd Saturday from 6-9pm.

Local Stringed Teachers

Click here to view a list of local instructors available for private lessons.