The VSA 2014 Convention & Competition


The 2014 VSA Competition & Convention will be two months earlier than usual, to coincide with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.



The VSA competition will be held in downtown Indianapolis at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis from September 15-21, 2014. The VSA was invited to hold their competition during the last week of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, together creating the International Violin Festival! Assembling the finest players and finest makers in the world has never been done before in North America. This combined event will attract new participants, new vendors, and new sponsors. The Awards Banquet will be held across the street at the beautiful Indiana Ballroom.

The 2014 VSA Competition & Convention will be two months earlier than usual, to coincide with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.


List of Past Competitions


Previous Competition Winners







Thank You to Our
2013 Vendors

Arcos Brasil, USA

2125 S. Priest Drive #301

Tempe, AZ 85282

Phone: 480-967-5227

Fax: 480-967-5117


Vito Vissicaro

Jeff Williams

Violins, Violas, Cellos, Pernambuco Bows, Carbon Fiber Bows, Rosin & Accessories.


Bachmann Guitars & Tonewood

Handwerkerzone 130

39030 Antholz-Mitteral (BZ) Italy

Phone: 0039-0474492349


Teresa Bachmann
Collin Gallahue

Tonewood for stringed instruments SPRUCE from the high “Dolomite” of North Italy/South Tirol and MAPLE from Bosnia.


Century Strings, Inc.

13893 Redwood Avenue

Chino, CA 91710

Phone: 909-548-0845

Fax: 909-586-6226


Alex Fan

Ling Yan

Stringed instruments. Bows.  Cases.  Horsehair.  Accessories.


Cleveland Violins

2917 Mayfield Road

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 216-932-9310

Fax: 216-932-9311


Yanbing Chen

Bow hair, handmade fittings, Luthier’s tools, and Y Chen violins, violas, and cellos.


Coda Bow International

876 East Third Street

Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 888-263-2269


Jeff Van Fossen

Coda Bow International is the creator of the CodaBow Family of Premier Performance Bows.  The preferred choice of musicians worldwide, CodaBow’s popular models include: DIAMOND, LUMA, and JOULE.  Handcrafted in the USA.


Connolly Music Company

8 Vernon Valley Road

East Northport, NY 11731

Phone: 800-644-5268

Fax: 631-757-0021


Rich McKenzie

Chris Rohrecker

Garrett Semmelink

Sales, marketing and distribution specialists, Connolly Music Company is dedicated to connecting manufacturers, resellers, and the devoted community of musicians they serve.



595 Smith Street

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Phone: 631-439-3362

Fax: 631-439-3333


Lyris Hung
Fan-Chia Tao

The world’s leading manufacturer of musical instrument accessories.  Brands include D’Addario, Planet Waves, D’Addario Bowed, Evans, Promark, PureSound and Rico Reeds.


Eastman Strings, Inc.

2158 Pomona Blvd.

Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: 800-789-2216

Fax: 909-868-1773


Ruben Salazar

Gary Yu

Qian Ni

Eastman Strings supplies students, teachers, and professionals, with fine orchestral string instruments.  Talented craftspeople, guided by master luthiers, handcraft each instrument from superior aged tonewoods, following the Master’s style.


Fuchs and Chaxel SARL

Impasse de la Poste 4

Porsel, 1699

Phone: 4121 909 4424


Pierre-Yves Fuchs

Maker of fine bows.


Gatchell Violins Company

1379 West Newhaven Ave.

West Melbourne, FL 32904

Phone: 321-733-1499

Fax: 321-821-0135


Steve Crisafulli

Rose Crisafulli

Allen Gatchell

For over ten years, Gatchell Violins has consistently provided fine quality European and Asian violins, violas, cellos, basses, bows, and accessories to our network of dealers at fantastic price points.


Germantown Violin Company, LLC
7800 Airpark Road, #17
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: 321-977-5687
Fax: 321-977-5429
Sean Liang
Karl Krause
Stringed instrument making and wholesale.


Heritage Insurance Services, Inc.

826 Bustleton Pike, Suite 203

Feasterville, PA 19053

Phone: 800-289-8837


Ellis Hershman

Specialized insurance programs for violin dealers and makers.


Howard Core Company, LLC

99 Symphony Way

Anniston, AL 36205

Phone: 800-633-2302

Fax: 877-633-2302


Hans Anderson

Tim Fisher

Tom Core

Wholesale supplier of all products related to stringed instruments including accessories, cases, parts, tonewood, tools, finishing products, and books.  Exclusive Distributor – Bobelock Cases, Gewa Cases, Old Wood Finishing Products.


International Violin Company

1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 118

Baltimore, MD 21209

Phone: 800-542-3538

Fax: 410-832-2528


Lori Kirr

Ken Wise

Denny Wise

Kyle Thompson

Wholesaler of Luthier tools and supplies, tonewoods, accessories, strings, cases, bows.


JD Hill Music/Alter Ego

3 Old Bridle Path

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Phone: 609-635-9997


Jack Hill

Valentina Nardo

JD Hill Music: Bowmaker, repair, and sales of bowed stringed instruments.

Alter Ego: Specializing in the double bass.


L’Archet Brasil

352 Tall Pines Road, Suite G

West Palm Beach, FL 33413

Phone: 561-790-4191

Fax: 561-790-4081


Jorge Montiero

Atila De Freitas

Bows, Tonewood


Metropolitan Music

4861 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT 05672
Phone:  802-253-4814
Fax:  802-253-9834
Sokol Nika
Rob Juzek

Established in 1920. Manufacturer, importer, exporter. Wholesaler of stringed instruments, cases, bows, accessories, strings, luthier’s tools, and fine tonewoods. Exclusive distributor of Juzek and E. Wilfer violins, violas, cellos, and basses.


Mondomusica New York

71 Lily Pond Lane

Katmah, NY 10536

Phone: 914-582-1113

Fax: 914-401-4181


Susan Carmichael

Claire Stefani

Mondomusica New York 2014 will be the 2nd annual largest stringed instruments Trade Show and Seminar in the USA.  The event will host violin makers from all over the world and will allow visitors to not only purchase instruments and accessories, but also to attend concerts, lectures, seminars and cultural events.


Musaica Imports, LLC

8705 Shamrock Rd.

Omaha, NE 68114

Phone: 402-827-9270

Fax: 610-487-0720


Christopher Jacoby

Dirk Henry

Alan Petermann

Alexander Ross

Tonewoods, Fittings, Instruments, including Musaica, Mark Henry, Simeon Chambers, best Bosnian Maple.


Nova Strings

8538 Anniversary Circle

Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Phone: 800-930-1955


Ken Yamamoto

Xia Jin

Tony Stogner

Gordon Roberts

Orchestral bowed stringed accessory wholesaler.  Distributor of Musilia Cases, Arcus Bows, Pedi Cases, Headway Pickups.


Otto Musica Corp.

501 E. Pennsylvania Blvd.

Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053

Phone: 267-684-6565

Fax: 267-684-6394


Bill Wong

Tom Lai

Distributor of VN, VA, VC, DB and accessories. Brand name: OTTO, MUCO, ARTINO.


Regh Violins

36 Sherwood Heights

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-297-2521


Joseph Regh

Helen Hayes

Bowmaking and Bow Restoration, Books, Fine Bows, Pernambuco


Shar Music – M&M Distributing

2465 South Industrial

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: M&M - 800-987-8723; Shar – 800-248-7427

Fax: 734-665-0829

Email: M&M –;

Shar SVS –

David Dalton

Danae Witter

Charles Avsharian

Serving string musicians since 1962 with violin-family instruments of all levels, bows, strings, cases, repair, restoration, and consignment services. Retail, Schools, or Wholesale, no worries, we have you covered!


Snow Stringed Instruments

135-15 37th Ave., FL 2

New York, NY 11354

Phone: 718-353-7402

Fax: 718-353-7854


Jack Hu

Jerry Cai

Our company is an international wholesale business specializing in quality violins, violas, and cellos.



Corso Garibaldi, 57
26100 Cremona Italy 0039
Phone: +39 3475976856
Daniele Ciaccio
Roberto Cavagnoli
Stradivariazioni violin and bow makers association's informative material and instruments.

Timberwood Industries, Inc.

PO Box 82

South Salem, NY 10590

Phone: 914-533-2020

Fax: 914-533-6323


Herb Rudolph

Rhodie Rudolph

Tonewood-Violins-Books On Music


Tong’s Violin Shop

2565 Heathermoor Park Dr. South

Carmel, IN 46074

Phone: 317-733-8598

Fax: 317-733-8598


Jian Wen Tong

String Instruments Wholesale Company.


Mr. Helmut Ulrich

Schottlkaistrasse G

82481 Mittenwald, Germany

Phone: +4917663171514


Helmut Ulrich

Violin maker Helmut Ulrich has found special woods to build his instruments. With these woods he creates a new sound: strange, sweet is the title. He says, “Open Up Your Ears.”


Violin Theory
17102 NE Everett Street
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 971-266-8827 or 702-624-9579
Jeffrey Hsu
VT = (f+b) / c
where VT is Violin Theory, f is fingerboard, b is bracket, and c is cavity.
Discover the possibilities.


Violin Varnish Ltd.

14 Prospect Street

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Phone: 607-387-9280

Fax: 607-387-5264


Joe W. Robson

Ground, Color and Varnish handmade by a master varnishmaker. Varnish workshops available.


Vivo USA Corp.

115 N. Madison Ave.

Monrovia, CA 91016

Phone: 626-568-3984

Fax: 626-585-9114


Sherman Shen

Stringed Instruments, bows, cases, accessories & Adjustrite Musicians’ Chairs.