About Us

Established 1995

Blackerby Violin Shop has been the leading resource in Austin, Texas for string professionals and students since it first opened its doors in 1995. The shop was founded by two string teachers who realized their students had no local source for high quality, affordable student instruments; from the beginning, the shop has aspired to provide everything a string player might need under one roof, from instruments and bows to sheet music and the full range of accessories. Today, we operate two locations, in North and South Austin. We rely on our staff of highly trained string players to assist our customers in finding instruments, cases, bows, and accessories that fit their needs and their budgets.



                                                                             South Location                                                                                                                                                North Location


Now owned and operated by Rachel and Dianne Goggan, Blackerby Violin Shop has expanded their offerings to include a selection of classical guitars and accessories, as well as bowed string instruments suitable for professional string players. Blackerby is the newest member of the Goggan musical family--a tradition that began when Thomas Goggan opened the first music store in Texas in 1866. The house of Thomas Goggan Bros. began in Galveston and then grew to offer "all things musical" throughout the state. The Goggan family continues to support Texas musicians and music education through Blackerby Violin Shop.