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About JSI

Our contacts are extensive. Our instruments are acquired from a variety of local and international sources, including the major auction houses, collectors, private sale, and consignment.

Our services are comprehensive. We perform instrument restorations and repairs, as well as bow rehairing and repairing. We also provide appraisals for instruments purchased from Johnson String. In addition, we maintain the most complete and reliable rental program in the country. We stock an extensive selection of books, sheet music, Suzuki materials, cases and accessories, some exclusive to JSI, that can be purchased directly from our Newton Massachusetts store, by mail, or securely from this website. If you need anything for your violin, viola, cello, or bass, we have it!

Our instruments are exceptional. We have a dedicated staff of professional players and violin makers that selects each and every instrument and bow we offer. This means that everything from the construction of the instrument to the resonance of the E string is evaluated with careful, experienced eyes and ears.

Our Teacher Services have provided teachers with exceptional customer service for over 35 years. By offering the best rental program in the country, a vast selection of new and antique instruments and bows, sheet music, method books, teaching aids, and every imaginable stringed instrument accessory, we help teachers maintain their teaching studios.

Employment Opportunities

Customer Service Representatives

Johnson String Instrument is seeking customer service representatives with experience in string instruments to join our office staff.

Office staff are responsible for answering phones, screening calls and transferring accordingly, as well as assisting callers with accessory sales, rental transactions, and providing general information about services/products; other miscellaneous office tasks as assigned.

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to multi-task. A customer service background and strong computer skills are preferred. The ideal candidate takes initiative and works well in a team.

Part-time: 28 hours per week, Monday-Saturday hours somewhat flexible between 10am and 6pm.

Please have reliable transportation to work in both our Newton and Waltham office locations.

Submit your resume and cover letter to:
Maggie Leddy
Fax: 617-527-2684

Front Counter Associate

Johnson String Instrument is hiring Front Staff Associates to join the customer service team in our storefront, located in Newton Upper Falls. Full-time (40hrs/wk) including Saturday 9am-5pm availability.

Full-time employment includes a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, and a 401k retirement savings plan.

Duties include: customer service, retail transactions, fitting rental instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), store upkeep, and other tasks as needed.

Applicants need to have a professional demeanor, customer service experience, a positive attitude and good communication skills. The ability to take initiative while working in a team setting is necessary.

A music background, including experience with violin, viola, cello, and/or double bass is required.

Existing knowledge of string-related products is a plus!

If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to:

Amy Nolan
Store Manager

We are always looking!

Johnson String Instrument is looking for experienced repair and restoration professionals for part time set-up and minor repair work. We are interested in qualified people from anywhere in the United States. If you have these skills and would like more information please contact Rob Laff.

Send resumes to Rob Laff.

Johnson String Instrument
1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
Fax: 617. 527. 2684

Additional Resources

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