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International Competition Rules 2000

General Rules

The Competition's objective is to inspire the creation of outstanding, artistic, concert-quality instruments and bows. Craftsmanship and tone judges are instructed to identify those instruments and bows having the greatest artistic merit, technical execution, and , in the case of instruments, tone quality.

Rules and judging procedures for the International Competition have been designed to insure fairness to all competitors. Instruments and bows submitted for Competition must have been completed after November 1998. Instruments and bows may not be entered if they have already received awards in other recognized international competitions. The decision of the judges is final.

Hors Concours status is granted to a maker who has been awarded Gold Medals in three different VSA Competitions. Hors Concours status will no longer be granted for three Gold Medals awarded in one or two Competitions. Those makers designated Hors Concours status under these rules and previous rules are not allowed to enter further VSA Competitions. A maker who has been awarded Hors Concours status in the category of instrument making may still compete in the bow making competition, however. Likewise, a person holding Hors Concours status as a bowmaker may enter the instrument competition. If a maker should succeed at obtaining Hors Concours status in both categories, instrument and bow, then that person will no longer be allowed to compete.


All contestants must be members of the VSA at the time of the competition. Membership information may be obtained by contacting:

The Violin Society of America
48 Academy Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel.(845)452-7557, Fax(845)452-7618
E-mail: membership@vsa.to

OR obtain a membership application form online!

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