VOLUTE SERVICE International
Exclusively dedicated to orchestral string instruments
and their accessories
PAIN IN THE NECK:
You are an upper string player, discomfort or pain limits your playing pleasure … Could it be about your chin/shoulder rest set-up? Could ergonomics contribute to your overall body neutral balance?
After 15 happy years working in the music instrument/accessory industry, first with Bam Cases and then with D'Addario, I created Volute ("scroll" in French) to combine my love of playing music and my long lasting interest in multicultural and international exchange.
No doubt about it, playing music makes our world better: it keeps kids off the streets, tightens communities, gathers nationalities, contributes to personal, intellectual and emotional development… In these times of financial hardship and budget cuts, I want Volute to contribute to music playing by providing an active interface between
music instrument/accessory makers and orchestral string instrument players.
With 25 years of experience in export sales and marketing (all the while active as an avid amateur violist/violinist), I have built a strong and trusted network of music instrument/accessory manufacturers, distributors, retailers and influential musicians in the US and abroad.
Technology puts the entire globe at our fingertips but successful business still depends on human interaction. I created Volute to service the needs of an extraordinary niche, the world of orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass).
I offer human-sized businesses the world over face-to-face interaction to customize solutions for their particular needs.
And now, let's play !
Volute Service is dedicated to quality orchestral string instruments and provides an interface between manufacturers/distributors and their users worldwide. We mostly assist brands with
gaining international visibility and recognition
optimizing their product management
carrying their musician outreach
I like catching light, movement and emotions. Past projects on musicians took me to Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Marlboro Music Festival, ECM artists as well as non-profit organization concerts such as Education Through Music, Music For Food … For more:
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
Thank you so much for meeting with me and for literally changing my life in under an hour! I really appreciate the recommendations and also your sincere enthusiasm for what you do.
May 2014 - JoAnna
It was wonderful to meet you! Our session has given me a lot to think about
Nov 2014 – Jacob
The new chinrest, along with the posture exercises we have been working on, has already changed a lot of the tension in my back and shoulders. I'm really excited to experiment with this free and loose sound that I am developing.
Jan 2015 – Robert
The fitting with you was a truly great experience. I have to express my deepest gratitude to you for enabling this great quest in search of more comfort. It's been inspiring to work with you.
Jan 2015 – Peter
I have already found the changes to be immensely helpful. I will continue to explore and am confident that I am moving in the right direction and am feeling better about my abilities than I have in a while. So thank you so very much for that!!
Dec 2015 – Melissa
I can't thank you enough for all this! I really was beginning to wonder how long I'd be able to keep playing with all the tension and discomfort. You're a lifesaver!!
Dec 2015 – David
I will not forget our time together: transformative. You rock and roll!!
Jan 2016 – Erik
I can't thank you enough for your kindness, attention, analysis, and recommendations. What you provide certainly transcends custom chinrest fitting, and could be recommended to someone who doesn't even play an instrument!
May 2016 – Paulette
Thanks so much for the great session. You have truly unique skills, and I think every musician would benefit from working with you.
July 2016 – Daniele
Thank you so much for your consultation. It really made a huge impact on my daily practice and quality of life!
June 2017 – Kana
Claire, thank you for the superbly informative and fun session! My head is still spinning with all of your insights and suggestions!
Sept 2017 – David
It was really a pleasure to work with you, and the session gave me a lot of great things to think about and study in the coming months and years!
Sept 2017 – Rose
I am so grateful to have gone to you and not only learned about posture and body mapping but having been measured for a customized chin rest. It is working beautifully, helping me to not have any excess tension, and bringing out a fuller, more open sound on my viola. Thank you so much for everything as you have significantly assisted in my growth as a violist.
Oct 2017 – James
Thanks so much for all your help. Everything made a lot of sense. It's just a question of my being conscious enough to make some changes and incorporate the new ideas. That isn't always easy, but I'm excited to give it a try.
Dec 2018 - Claudia
Thank you so much for meeting with me. I'm left with a lot more to think about as I practice and free up my playing as much as possible.
May 2019 - Jason
WHO AM I?
20 years of experience with orchestral string instrument accessories (cases, strings). Ex-international field hockey player, now avid amateur violist
Translated Jennifer Johnson's book "Teaching Body Mapping to children" in French
Experienced playing pain, found playing freedom and comfort through appropriate set-up and posture correction exploration.
WHY EXPLORE ACCESSORY OPTIONS?
Valid study run in the Netherlands (violinistinbalance.nl), documents the benefits of customized chin and shoulder set-up to accommodate a wide array of players’ body structure
Access to inexpensive customized chinrests (chinrests.com) designed to accommodate all body types while keeping the instrument no higher than needed
Can efficiently complement but never replace posture education and correction, Alexander Technique, Body Mapping (bodymap.org), Feldenkrais, or other postural training
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A FITTING SESSION?
I am neither an instrument teacher nor a health care provider!
Sessions last one hour are all about a diagnostic of what could contribute to a tension-free playing posture, specifically addressing the chin/shoulder rest set-up. Musicians will have the chance to try various chinrest heights, shapes and positions, shoulder rest options, ergonomic stools while exploring greater movement freedom each may provide.
Sessions may result in:
Ordering a customized chinrest => directly through Gary Frisch/Chinrests.com, based on fitting realized during the session.
Recommendation on other tools facilitating posture exploration.
Referral to Performing Arts Medicine (PAMA) Physical Therapists familiar with violinist/violist postural issues, or to Pilates, Alexander, Body Mapping specialists.