Everywhere we go, there is music.
Every musician has a musical journey, and every instrument tells a story.
At the beginning you will struggle through the challenges of learning technique and finger placement to make screeching strings turn into the simplest songs. Eventually you will look back and realize that your musical journey has weaved its way into all the moments of your life to become part of who you are.
Day Violins is a small family-owned business that has watched thousands of students, including our own children, discover music. Will you allow us to be part of your story?
Day Violins is honored to be part of your musical journey.
In 1994, two young fresh-faced kids fell in love, Jenna and Jason Day of Day Violins. The next thirteen years brought college degrees, a variety of job experiences, moves and many changes including four little maestro’s of their very own. And then one fateful day in June they decided to start Day Violins as a family-owned and operated premiere string shop in Northern Virginia.
Who better to serve budding beginner or long-time accomplished musicians than a family that intimately knows that world?
MEET JASON DAY
There are three great passions in Jason’s life. His family, his violin, and football. Jason was born into a family of professional musicians who had a violin in his hands by age 4. A naturally talented musician he played all through his school years, participated in youth symphonic groups such as the American Youth Philharmonic while simultaneously proving himself on the football field with two state championships during high school.
Jason decided to make music his profession and headed off to college to earn his degree in Music Performance. After college, he decided to pursue his Suzuki Method training and turned to music education, teaching in the private sector and school systems for 25 years.
MEET JENNA DAY
Jenna also grew up in a musical family. Singing, playing instruments of all sorts, and dance parties were a regular part of her childhood. As an accomplished pianist, Jenna used her talents to accompany many students in recitals and performances, including her high school choir. Despite her love of the arts, Jenna’s educational path led her to social work and advocacy.
Jenna’s work with underprivileged populations has led Day Violins to work toward every child being able to afford the an opportunity to have music in their lives. She fulfills that with music advocacy and is a strong supporter of Instruments in the Attic which delivers refurbished instruments to children around the world. She serves on the Board of DC Strings Workshop, which provides music to neighborhoods in the Washington DC area that might not normally have access to concerts and lessons.
Welcome to Day Violins
Big enough to serve, small enough to care.
We are a company that demonstrates a deep passion for music, advocates for musical education and provides the highest quality of customer service. As a strong family-owned community-minded small business, you can count on Day Violins to help every child follow their musical journey and provide the tools and services that will bring the joy of music into their lives.
Lesson Program Coordinator
Ben Jones Hayes
Bass | Cello
Aaron Mynes is a string specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools, currently in his twenty-first year as Director of Orchestras at Chantilly High School. Under his direction, the orchestra program grew from one orchestra of 38 students to 144 students in four orchestras. The Chantilly High School Orchestras regularly receive superior ratings at VBODA District XII Orchestra Festival, and superior ratings and first place honors at competitive festivals.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charlotte Day on June 30, 2022 at the age of 76. Charlotte, the mother of Day Violins owner, Jason Day, was a beloved member of our teaching staff for many years and will be greatly missed by all. As Charlotte would say to her students, “Now go and practice!”
Charlotte Day held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of California Santa Barbara, and completed a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University. She was a member of the Santa Barbara and Utah Symphonies, and was a contract performer in the Washington D.C. area. Charlotte was a certified teacher of the Suzuki Flute Method and was trained by Toshio Takahashi, the creator of the repertoire.
A graduate of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Cynthia (Cindy) Crumb received her Bachelor of Music Education with a violin concentration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music in Performance and Literature on violin from the University of Notre Dame.
Crystal has been teaching for five years in the Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William County area. She has taught both privately, and in the Franklin Summer Strings Camp.
Cello | VIOLA
Deborah Milan Brudvig studied Cello Performance at the University of Michigan, received a B. Mus. in Cello Performance from Boston University and a M. Mus. in Cello Performance from the University of Maryland.
She has served as principal cellist for the Washington Concert Opera as well as principal and section cellist for orchestras at the National Cathedral, Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap.
Jason Day is an accomplished musician, instructor, and orchestra leader.
He began playing the violin at age of four and was immediately recognized as a gifted musician. As his skills developed, Jason became a member of the American Youth Philharmonic and was a National Symphony Youth Fellow. His talent recognized, Jason began studying under private instruction with Peter Haase and William Haroutounian, both of the National Symphony.
VIOLIN | VIOLA
Jennifer Himes has an active freelance and teaching career in metropolitan Washington, D.C., where she performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, and the Maryland Lyric Opera
Orchestra. She has performed for the inaugurations of four Presidents and performers such as Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Miranda Lambert, and many more. Her television credits include Christmas in Washington, Celebration at Ford’s Theatre, and Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize on PBS.
Viola | Violin
Nathi “JR” Jeerakul, a Northern Virginia native, has taught private viola and violin lessons in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area since 2014. JR recently graduated from George Mason University (GMU) with a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education and a minor in String Pedagogy. Prior to that, JR earned an Associates of Applied Arts in Music as well as an Associates of Science in General Studies from Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). He has studied viola with Philippe Chao and pedagogy with Professor June Huang. During his time at GMU, JR held the offices of President and Vice President of the school’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He was also an avid performer with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason Opera, and the Chamber Music Program.
Viola | Violin | Piano
Matthew Gattuso, a Northern VA performer and teacher, works as a freelance musician and performs on viola , violin and piano in a variety of opportunities. He is the Principal Second Violin with the Piedmont Symphony orchestra, has performed with the National String Symphonia and Reston Chorale, the acting violist for theAtoka String Quartet, worked with St. Charles String Quartet, Mason Music Productions, and as a chamber musician for weddings and events.
Shaun Jurek is a professional upright bass player and music educator. He graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. Since then he has been performing professionally and teaching throughout the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area.
Steven is a graduate of Brigham Young University in viola performance. He is a retired member of the United States Army Orchestra where he served as principal violist and group leader. He has been the principal violist of the Amadeus Orchestra and currently is a member of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.