Conn-Selmer

Richard King is a principal French horn player for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.  He began playing for the orchestra in the 1980s and has enjoyed a long relationship with the nearby Conn-Selmer factory, which produces the horns he plays.  Rich is first to point out that a musician is only as...
Lorna Kirchner has worked for Selmer, now Conn-Selmer, in Elkhart for over 40 years.  She recalls the days before the CNC machines came into the factory, when all of the work was done by hand.  Her attention to details and skills at soldering continue to be used in making musical instruments and...
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...
David Lowell began working in the music industry with Deford in Elkhart, Indiana with a focus on piccolos.  In 1974 David began working for Gemeinhardt Flute Company and remained with the company past the time of his interview in 2011. 
Dana Messina was always intrigued by all the machinery in factories thanks to his engineering background, but his business skills are what lead to his success at both Selmer and Steinway. Dana was able to help streamline the business while never compromising on the quality of the product at both...
Brad Milliken began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company and stayed with the company when it merged with Selmer and again with Conn.  Brad’s positions within the factory has always been based on handcraftsmanship.  While he was working in the industry during the early days of...
Judy Monk began working for the Armstrong Flute Company before it was purchased by Selmer and moved to a new building in Elkhart in 1975.  She has been with Selmer ever since.  Judy has worked primarily in corking musical instruments and enjoys her job as well as the people she has worked with over...
Jonathan Montel has worked on the bench in the factory at Selmer in Elkhart for over 40 years!  He has worked in many positions during his career with a special concentration on oboes, clarinets and bassoons.  He has also seen many changes to the process of instrument making, including the first...
Gary Morris began working in the music industry with Vincent Bach and stayed with the company when it merged to become Conn-Selmer in the early 2000s.  Gary has worked in several positions within the factory including buffing and repairs.  His skills as a repairman have developed over the years to...
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.

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