Emily Cotney Dixon, Owner

Emily began her love of music at the age of seven. She studied piano with Marion Hamner, a mentor from grade school through early adulthood, and had lessons twice weekly. Her curiosity of other instruments started to sprout, and she settled on the violin when she was fifteen. As her college years ensued, she decided to put her knowledge of multiple instruments to use and began to compose. She studied with Charles Norman Mason and Dorothy Hindman at Birmingham-Southern College, and received a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition in 2000. Sharing her knowledge with others was never far from her heart, so she started a teaching studio while in college. She taught violin, piano, and beginning composition. She chose to continue her studies after her undergraduate degree, and specialized in commercial composing. She was awarded a Masters Degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami, Coral Gables in 2002. Homesick for the south, she moved back to the Atlanta area and pursued a career in teaching music. She taught orchestra in the elementary school system in Fulton County for seven very happy years. The Fulton County Board of Education chose to cut that program after over thirty years in 2009, and that journey ended. She had maintained a private violin studio all the while, so she decided to focus on building it even further. She did so, but constantly came back to the idea of opening her own shop. She began planning the shop in fall of 2011, and met Reginald Williams in spring 2012. She had been planning the opening of Beau Vinci for Summer 2012, and Reginald was closing his shop (Williams Gengakki Violins) at roughly the same time. It was fate. Beau Vinci was born. Literally – Beau Vinci Dixon was born to Emily and Mike Dixon on February 12, 2012 at Northside Hospital. He may turn out to be a drummer, but we’ll love him anyway!!!

Emily resides in Alpharetta with her husband, Mike, and two children, Fiona and Beau. They love spending time as a family at the shop after hours. Sounds of squeaky violins and children’s laughter can be heard just outside the windows of Beau Vinci Violins.

 Sally Mullikin, Luthier


Sally cannot remember a time when music and woodworking were not a part of her life. As a young girl, her mom shuttled her to and from violin lessons while her dad taught her basic carpentry. Later, while getting a music degree from Carleton College, she developed an interest in violinmaking and began visiting the shop of a local luthier. He eventually tired of her just standing around and handed her a block plane. Before long, she had made a viola under his tutelage.

In 2002, Sally gained entry into the world-renowned Newark School of Violinmaking in Nottinghamshire, England, where she studied violinmaking, varnish and restoration. She also spent time in the workshops of Reuning and Son, Christophe Landon, and Damien Merrer. Three years later, Sally returned to her home state of North Carolina to work as a restorer for Triangle Strings. She also built new instruments for a growing clientele out of a studio in her home. Creating beautiful tone and optimal playability are the mainstays of her work. As a member of the Beau Vinci family though, her main focus is restoration and repair. A regular attendee of the Violin Society of America’s summer intensive at Oberlin College, Sally has had the opportunity to work and exchange ideas with respected luthiers from all over the world.

Sally enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her husband and 2 children.