Elkhart IN

Nancy Singleton began working for the Armstrong flute company in Elkhart, Indiana in the 1970s.  She was trained on hand work and later trained others  in the factory.  Nancy stayed on with the company as it merged and changed names over the years, first with UMI then most recently with Conn-Selmer.
Peggy Morse began working in the music industry right out of high school for the Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana. Peggy has worked in the factory for most of her career and stayed with the company when it merged with Conn in 2003.
Tom Fischer worked for the Gemeinhart flute company in Elkhart, Indiana for over 25 years.  Tom was part of the factory workers team and contributed his hand-craftsmenship to the assembly of both student and professional level flutes.  He later joined the Conn-Selmer Company where he continued to...
Cynthia Templeton has worked for one and only one company in the music industry.  She was hired by Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana in the early 1970s and remained with the company for her entire career.  She remained with the company when it merged with Conn in 2003 and has supported the company in a...
Paula Walker began working in the music industry right out of high school for the Gemeinhart flute company in Elkhart, Indiana.  In the early years she worked primarily on student instruments for Gemeinhart, which provided products designed especially for younger students.  Her attention to detail...
Deb Hart began working in the Selmer office in Elkhart, Indiana in the early 1970s and stayed on when the company merged with Conn.  Among the elements of the company she has enjoyed the most over the years is getting to work with so many people who have become personal friends.  She is very proud...
Judy Rinehart began working for the Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana in the 1970s.  Her work at the time was very precise hand work, which changed over the years with the advent of the CNC machines, but was never fully replaced by machines. With the goal of creating quality musical instruments,...
Tom Lacy began working for Armstrong flutes right out of high school in 1971 in the very plant he is working some 40 years later for the Conn-Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana.  Along the way, Tom built his own flutes for several years before joining UMI and later Conn-Selmer.  During his long...
John Crise began his career in the music industry with Selmer in 1975.  He has focused his work on the oboe, clarinet and bassoon in the years before the CNC machines came to the company.  Even after that time John has used his skills as a craftsman to provide the detail work and adjustments...
Tom Ott began training in the tool and die business right after high school at which point he was hired by the CG Conn Company in Elkhart, Indiana to work in the factory.  Tom has been there ever since!  Tom’s work has been focused on making jigs, dies and machine tools for the process of musical...

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