Jordan Hayes

January 15, 2013

Inventor, The Kréddle

We start off the new year with a spotlight on Jordan Hayes (B.M. Music Education and Violin Performance – ’08), a New Venture Challenge (2010) winner – First Prize $2000. Read below about Jordan and his chinrest, the Kréddle.

Violin chin-rest – a new design

“As long as I can remember I’ve struggled to find a setup for my violin playing that satisfied both conceptions of healthy posture and natural violin technique. I discovered that a properly fitting chin rest is the most essential tool a violinist can obtain, yet chin rests options are sorely insufficient. My experimentation over the course of many years culminated in a trip to the junk yard, a couple days welding, grinding, cutting, and ultimately the production of a working prototype chin rest that allows complete customization. Thanks to the IML for the opportunity to make my idea reality and hopefully provide a much needed option for violinists and violists worldwide!”

*An article featuring Jordan was published in the Great Falls Tribune, available here. For more details about the Kréddle, visit

*Jordan’s funding campaign for his invention, the Kréddle – the adjustable violin chinrest, ended with success on January 14, 2013, raising nearly $25,000. The Strad published an article featuring Jordan and his Kréddle, available here.