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2015 VSA Conference Information & Registration


43rd Annual VSA Conference
Join us in Baltimore, November 12-14, 2015 for VSA’s “Pursuit of Excellence!”

  • Reports from Oberlin
  • Makers’ and restorers’ forums
  • New and antique instrument exhibitions,
  • One on one feedback from veteran judges for new instrument exhibitors
  • New professionals luncheon
  • Women in the industry breakfast
  • Vendor trade fair
  • Social events
  • A diverse faculty of presenters
  • Networking opportunities

Register today!

Plan your trip

The convention will kick-off on Thursday, November 12 with an opening reception at 6:30 PM sponsored by Heritage Insurance. Hotel check-in and early registration will begin at 3 PM. Events will go through the evening on November 14, so plan on leaving Baltimore on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hotel Reservations: The convention rate for sleeping rooms at the Hunt Valley Inn is $135 plus tax per night, single to quadruple occupancy. The deadline for reserving rooms at the convention rate is October 15th. After that date rooms will be at the prevailing rate depending on availability. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking included. You can modify or cancel your room reservation until 4 PM EST on the day of your arrival without penalty. Once you have checked in, there is an early departure penalty of 50% of one night’s room and tax. Check in time is 3 PM, and check out by 12 noon. The Hunt Valley Inn is a non-smoking hotel. To make room reservations at the convention rate of $135 plus tax, call 1-877-999-3223 and mention the Violin Society of America (VSA).

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Sylvette Milliot has published a new bilingual book set on Nicolas Lupot, his contemporaries and successors, which you can read more about at on his website. The author and distributor have generously agreed to offer current VSA members the pre-publication price of 365 Euros (which includes shipping!), a savings of 50 Euros


Go to the website landing page and click on “Commande / Paiement en ligne”
For English, right click and select "Translate to English"
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, select the VSA member price, and click “add to basket”
Follow the prompts to login to your PayPal account. You can continue to translate each page to English by right clicking and selecting “Translate to English”.





Future VSA Events

VSA 2014 Award Banquet Pictures


Traveling with Your Musical Instrument and U.S. Government Regulations

The movement of musical instruments containing certain species of plant and/or animal products may be prohibited or require permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the African Elephant Conservation Act, and the Lacey Act.


Current Issues of the VSA Journal Are Now Available Online

Today we have achieved the longtime dream of making the VSA Journal (Proceedings and Papers) available online, searchable by query search. As a benefit of VSA membership, you now have searchable access to 40 years of expertise on all aspects of instrument and bow making, historical issues, identification, acoustics, legal advice, shop tips, and more--from leaders in our field, past and present. There is simply nothing else like it.



VSA Scholarships

The Violin Society of America offers scholarship assistance for needy and deserving students of the art of violin and bow making and restoration. For this purpose the VSA maintains three funds: the Kaplan-Goodkind Scholarship Fund, created in memory of founders Albert J. Kaplan and Herbert Goodkind, the Kun Fund, created in memory of the noted Canadian bowmaker Joseph Kun, and the Aram and Rose Nigogosian Fund created in memory of the parents of Vahakn Nigogosian. ...

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