When Alex Spainhour and I opened Bernhardt House of Violins in 2003 we recognized the need for an opportune shop in the upstate specializing in string instruments. We wanted to share our combined 60 plus years of experience with the local musicians from beginners to professionals. Bernhardt has been and is able to provide our customers with quality instruments, string accessories, sheet music, school services, appraisals, and repair/restoration.
-Joyce V. Miller, Owner
Bernhardt House of Violins is a proud member/supporter of:
American String Teachers Association National Association for Music Education South Carolina Music Educators Association
Joyce Miller is an Accredited Member/supporter of:
Appraiser Association of America The Violin Society of America
NAMM Top 100 Dealer in 2020
Recognized as one of the industry’s most outstanding retailers
Making an appointement will ensure our strings specialists are available to assist with choosing the perfect instrument for you.
Owner, String Specialist, Appraisers of America, The Violin Society of America
After working in retail music stores in Greenville and Anderson for over 10 years Joyce Miller saw the need of having a shop centrally located and easily accessible to string students, teachers and players in Upstate South Carolina.
Joyce’s retail experience includes buying and selling string instruments for Bernhardt House of Violins in Greenville, SC, and Draisen Edwards Music Center in Anderson, SC. Experience purchasing from makers and distributors in Germany, Italy, South America, China, and the United States has given Joyce a broad knowledge of the string instrument market.
After being challenged to expand her expertise at conferences and from peers, Joyce traveled to auctions and shops, and visited makers in the U.S. and Europe to study instruments and build recognition skills.
Joyce is a member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), having passed their Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the Theory and Methodology Certification courses. Joyce is one of the few appraisers in AAA who specialize in string instruments.
Recognized for experience and expertise, Joyce has led seminars on identifying quality instruments to teachers at educators’ conventions in Georgia and South Carolina, and to middle and high school music students.
Joyce has been a teacher, player, strings retailer and service person. She maintained her own studios for a number of years and has started strings and orchestra programs in schools in Florida, and South Carolina. She holds a Masters degree in Secondary Music from Jacksonville University, and a Masters degree in Viola Performance from Bob Jones University. Joyce has been a student of Aaron Krosnick, Robert Billups, Joan Mulfinger, and Jay Pinner. She has played in Terre Haute Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chamber Orchestra.
Research in string instrument appraising and identification evolved into a Masters’ thesis entitled A GUIDE TO STRING INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION AND APPRAISING. This thesis was submitted by Joyce to The Faculty of Bob Jones University in candidacy for the degree of Master of Music in 2009.
Joyce also contributed to an edited volume for the Appraisers Association of America: Miller, Joyce 2013. String Instruments. In W. Garrett, H. Fendelman, D. Gallager, J. Jacob, and L. Bench (eds). Appraising Art: The Definitive guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts.Appraisers Association of America: 414-17
Joyce has served on the board of The Violin Society of America (VSA). Her four year term ended November 2018 at the 46th Annual Convention & 23rd International Competition held in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the founders of The VSA’s Women in Business Luncheon, Joyce has engaged speakers Marilyn Wallin, award winning violin maker, and Annie Fullard and Mari Sato of the Cavani String Quartet.
Bow Maker . Instrument Repair and Restoration
The instrument and bow are more than tools to perform a piece of work, they are an extension of the performer through which music is interpreted and the art of both the composer and musician are expressed. The instrument and bow are personal. Because they are personal, a musician needs a trustworthy caretaker when maintenance, repair, or restoration are required.
As a musician of over twenty years and restorer/bow maker with fourteen years of professional experience, Daniel Miller understands the unique position he holds as a caretaker for both instruments and bows. He has developed his skills in such a way that he is able to hear what the musician hears when an instrument is not producing the tone it is capable of or the bow is not releasing the notes from the instrument as it should. Holding a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from North Greenville University, the rigorous training he received in the English department equipped him with the ability to think both critically and creatively when faced with solving problems in repair and restoration. He also studied ceramics and sculpture while in university, which trained his eye to see when looking for those problem areas that require repair or restoration.
He has trained under Lynn Hannings at the University of New Hampshire in both bow making and repair, Jerry Pascewicz and David Orlin at Oberlin College and Conservatory in bow restoration, and Joshua Henry in both bow making and restoration; and, he continues to study and learn from other professionals, believing that it is essential for growth and the ability to apply his skills in the most beneficial way possible for the discerning musician.
In August 2003 Denise Thompson joined Joyce Miller in opening Bernhardt House of Violins. Her longevity with the company has allowed her to do almost every job and understand the ins and outs of the retail music industry. As store supervisor she enjoys working with her incredibly talented coworkers and using her creativity to help Bernhardt House of Violins perform with utmost efficiency. When she isn’t managing the store, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Assistant Manager. Music Librarian
Judi Bagnato is Assistant Manager and Music Librarian for Bernhardt House of Violins. She is responsible for ordering and displaying the music, keeping up on new music, and overseeing the retail staff.
Prior to joining Bernhardt Judi was an editor for Warner Bros. Publications and then Alfred Music Publishing managing the entire Summy-Birchard catalog, which included the Suzuki Method materials and the Frances Clark Music Tree Piano Method. She supervised the International Suzuki Violin, Cello and Piano committees when they were revising the core method books and recordings. Judi also worked closely on the Music Tree revisions.
Judi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a double major in Spanish. She also took music courses (piano and voice major) working toward a degree in music education.
In 2021 Karen Casio joined Bernhardt House of Violins as an Office Assistant and later moved into Collections. Her retail experience coupled with empathy assists in maintaining company profits. She extends her support by accepting new challenges and helping co-workers when additional hands are needed.
From her youth Karen enjoyed playing the organ, piano and violin as well as participating in music ministries at church. When not working, her pastimes include reading, writing, healthy cooking and being with friends and family.
Rental Accounts Manager
Katie Faucette began her career at Bernhardt in 2011. She started as a Sales Associate, but with time her focus moved to rentals. With her attention to detail, she customized Bernhardt’s rental program procedures. She helped launch the online rental program and now oversees all online rentals and payments. Over the years Katie has enjoyed playing the violin, ukulele, and guitar. When Katie isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband and 2 children.
Rental Instrument Technician
Lance loves music! He first took piano lessons as a kid, but then moved to guitar as a teenager although like any fun musician he couldn’t help but learn to play Ukulele as well. He has played guitar in theatre, in church ensemble, around the fire at camp, caroling (his favorite), and on several mission trips. He has done arborist work from the time he was a teenager and having thousands of hours of experience working with wood gives him a natural ability to work with instruments.
Martina’s life and musical journey began in Southern Indiana , where she started her violin studies first with a local Suzuki teacher at age 4, then at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music String Academy at age 5. She was inspired to play violin by watching Tchaikovsky’s ballets (VHS tapes of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake) and Disney’s Fantasia, and by local folk music performances given by family friends. Martina continued her musical studies in college, initially enrolling in a music therapy program at the University of Louisville and quickly – finding her childhood dream of mastering the violin unfulfilled—changing her course of studies to violin performance.
Since moving to Greenville in 2021, Martina has been grateful to experience resurgence in her joy of music through performing classical music and Celtic folk, as well as through teaching and, most recently, through her daily interactions with customers at Bernhardt House of Violins.
When she is not working, Martina enjoys singing in her church choir, hosting gatherings and dinner parties for friends, going for long walks, and escaping to the mountains of Western, NC to enjoy the beauty of the Southeast.
Rachel has loved music for as long as she can remember. She began playing the piano as a small child and as a teenager began violin lessons – falling completely in love with playing and performing. Life has taken her many directions and while many interests have come and gone – from dog grooming to French pastry – music has always been a big part of her life. Besides violin, Rachel also enjoys playing cello, mandolin, and ukulele. She is a lover of all things arts and crafts, baking, and film photography. Her all time favorite thing to do (even more than violin) is spending time with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats.
Instrument Repair Technician
Robin joined Bernhardt in April 2019 working in the shop cleaning instruments. She soon began training with our Workshop Manager doing small repairs. Robin now does repairs full-time. In June 2022 she studied with Hans Nebel and gained additional training and repair skills. When Robin isn’t repairing instruments, she enjoys participating in local theater and spending time with her dogs.
Terry is the Education Representative for Bernhardt House of Violins. He demonstrates great joy and enthusiasm in supporting musicians, educators, and students through the promotion of strings and the arts.
Terry was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He studied piano with Carol White Bumgarner from age ten. While in high school he participated in the East Henderson Band, Chorus, and also a local touring choir The Sound of Singing Youth under the direction of Aubrey Edwards. Terry was selected to serve as Assistant Director with Mr. Edwards prior to his enlistment in the U. S. Navy.
Upon completion of his naval service, Terry attended and earned degrees from Anderson University and Charleston Southern University. As music major Terry’s emphasis was in vocal performance under the tutelage of Dr. Anita Bridges. While at Anderson he was honored with induction into the Denmark Society.
Terry has worked in various churches as a Director of Music and Arts for over 45 years serving as a worship leader, accompanist, and musician.
Terry and his wife Jahala reside in Pickens County along with their two girls, Mia the dachshund and Chloe the Terrier. They enjoy visiting antique stores, drives in the mountains, smooth jazz, Clemson football, and their granddaughter McKinlee.