in Revels about Stephen Bacon and the Siskiyou Woodcrafters
2007, Stephen was appointed conservator of the Schuman
Collection of Musical Instruments
at Southern Oregon University. He is responsible for the preservation
and safe keeping of instruments in the collection. He also
oversees research, restoration, repair, assessment, and loan
of the instruments.
information about the Schuman Collection can be found at
Stephen Bacon came
to Ashland, Oregon, in 1979 to perform with the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival Green Show musicians. He fell in love with Southern Oregon
and began making recorders for a number of years before his previous
work in historic instrument restoration came to fruition in the
form of a string instrument repair business. He has run Bellwood
Violin since 1985 with great joy and success. Started as a needed
local service it has grown to include an inventory suitable to
support the numerous student, amateur and professional musicians
of the area.
Stephen began music lessons as a child, has studied many instruments
and continues to pursue his interest in historic and ethnic music,
though purely with the love of an amateur.
His formal education includes a music degree from El Camino College
in Southern California, formal studies with an emphasis in the
theory and construction of historic instruments from Cal State
Domingues Hills, Extended studies at USC Isomata, UCLA, UC Riverside,
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis,
the Ali Akbar School of Music and recently of Southern Oregon University.
Stephen began working with, making and repairing musical instruments
at the age of seventeen, in his grandfather's shop. From ages 16
thru 24 he served a formal apprenticeship in the bicycle trade
with Ted Ernst. His training in instrument repair consists of college
courses, and minor mentoring by a series of masters, including
Rod Cameron (Baroque flute maker). Herb Myers, Joseph Grubauch,
David Morse, Michael Klein and the wonderful folks at David Kerr’s
shop in Portland have nurtured his skills and provided inspiration
in violin work.
He is a strong supporter of Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon
and past board member. He performs with the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra,
Who’s Hu Chinese Music Ensemble, lectures with the Schuman
Collection and has served as an instructor for the SOU Collegium.
He is the conservator of the Schuman Musical instrument Collection
at SOU. He has served the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as instrument
maker, inventor, and restorer.
Stephen is the great-grandson of Edward R. Bacon, accomplished
violinist, and owner of the violin shop of John Hornsteiner in
Chicago in the early 1900s. Hornsteiner has been referred to as
the great teacher of the American school of violinmakers. Stephen's
grandfather, John W. Bacon, was a physics professor and inventor.
His father, Richard, was an engineer, and his mother, Boney, was
an artist and musician.
David Jones: Retired violin restorer, reseller from San Diego,
pupil of David Goodrich, Robert Cauer, and Lewis
Main, current boat builder
Alex Buktenica: Current student, Cremona Scuola
Ingrid Edstrom : Office manager