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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

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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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