The VSA 2014 Convention & Competition


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Convention Information  |   Competition Information  |   New Instrument Exhibit

IVCI Concert Discount  |   Hotel Information  |   Exhibiting & Sponsorship


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.

Convention Information

Early Bird/Pre-Registration is now closed.
This event will not sell out, please come onsite and check in.
More Information Below and Pricing on the Onsite Registration Form

Onsite Registration Form

View Schedule

View Program PDF

Pre-Convention Issue Newsletter

View our special - pre–Convention Issue of the VSA Newsletter. This issue includes a great deal of information on our upcoming Competition and Convention in Indianapolis.  We hope that you are planning to attend!

View Newsletter (PDF)

Competition Information


Competitors remember to ship with or bring your receipt to check in your instrument. This is a requirement.

Competition Rules  |   Competition Registration is now closed.

Shipping & Receiving Competition Instruments

This information is for shipping and receiving of competition instruments ONLY. Do not use this address for Vendors or New-Instrument Exhibit Shipping.

Competition Instruments and Bows must be received by Indianapolis Violins between August 1 and August 31, 2014. No instruments or bows will be accepted before or after these dates.

Ship to Host Shop for the Competition:
VSA c/o Indianapolis Violins
310 N. Alabama Street, Suite B110
Indianapolis, IN  46204 USA

All return shipments are to be PREPAID, please refer to rules.

For Competition shipping only questions call 317-624-0441 or email

Instruments hand carried to the Competition must be delivered to the Competition Committee at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis on Monday, September 15 between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Photography and the Violin

Photographs from the world of violin making,
By Todd Matus

At the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery
212 West 10th St.  Indianapolis, Indiana

First Friday September 5, 5-9pm

Plus for IVCI and VSA attendees, Tuesday September 16, 4-9pm


New Instrument Exhibit Information

 This event is closed for pre registration. Please come by the Event Room on Tuesday, September 16,  Noon to 5:30 pm to register onsite. Payment will need to be made onsite. Hyatt Indianapolis Downtown - Network Room - Second Level.

Your contact is Fan-Chia Tao -

Makers are encouraged to submit biographical and contact information (maximum 300 words) that may be displayed with their instrument.

Please email Fan-Chia Tao your 300 word information, if you will be registering onsite.

All registrants must be VSA members with an expiration date of 12/31/2014 or beyond.

Network Room at the Hyatt Regency

Open to the general public, September 17 to 20th.
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday  9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

$150 for one violin, viola, cello or bass. $100 for each additional instrument.

$75 for one bow. $50 for each additional bow.

All subject to space availability.

 Eligibility Rules

Exhibitors have to be current VSA members in good standing.

Instruments have to be made by the exhibitor(s). Joint instruments are eligible. Exhibitors cannot exhibit other makers’ instruments.

There are no age limits for the instruments.

Instruments and bows must have a legible label, brand, or stamped mark than can be traced to the maker.

Instrument check-in:
Tuesday afternoon and evening - Noon to 5:30 pm; other times by appointment

Instrument can be shipped to: 

Encore Orchestral Strings

5282 E. 65th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220


Attention: VSA Instrument Exhibit

Make sure shipment is clearly marked “Attention: VSA Instrument Exhibit”

It is the maker’s responsibility to ensure timely delivery of their instruments.

Instrument check-out
Saturday: 5:00 - 6:00 PM or 11:00 PM - Midnight; Sunday: 8:00 - 10:00AM
Other times by appointment only

If instrument is to be returned, it must be prepaid.

Miscellaneous information
Cellos MUST supply their own cello stands.

Makers are encouraged to submit biographical and contact information (maximum 300 words) that may be displayed with their instrument.

IVCI "VSA Member" Concert Ticket Discount

Discounted Tickets are no longer on sale. This special has expired.

To get more concert information, please go to the IVCI website for more details.  You can go directly to the box office of the Hilbert Circle Theater the night of the event to purchase full price tickets. Concerts are not sold out.

8:00 PM Friday, September 19 and/or Saturday, September 20

Each evening, three of the six finalists perform one of the great Romantic or Post-Romantic concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

BSA LifeStructures Finals
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
(Walking Distance from Hyatt Regency Indianapolis)
8:00 p.m.
Theatre Map |   IVCI Concert Ticket Discount is now closed.

Hotel Information

Host Hotel is SOLD OUT.

The Hyatt, our host hotel for the 2014 Convention, is now sold out, but please don't let that stop you from attending the meeting.  If you have a car, especially, there are many affordable hotel/motel rooms within a 15-30 minute drive of downtown Indianapolis.

Here are some areas to look as suggested by local VSA members:
A.  South on Interstate 65 toward Greenwood;
B.  Southwest on I70 at the airport, and past the airport in Plainfield;
C. West toward Avon;
D. Northeast toward Fishers
E. Around the 40/52/74/465 loop circling Indianapolis, such as a large area of hotels around the I70/50 intersection. 

Check if Hyatt rooms become available.

Exhibiting and Sponsorship

Get your name out there!
Sponsor the 2014 Convention & Competition! Almost 99% Full.

Contact Mark Mitchell at the VSA's Office

 Please sign up.

View/Download the 2014 Vendor Packet


Vendor Online Payment Form

Pay sponsorship or advertising with a credit card


General Credit Card Payment Form


Past Conventions & Competitions   |   Previous Competition Winners   |  Hors Concours Winners


Thank you
to our Sponsors!

Sponsors make it happen! We simply could not have all of the events available to the VSA membership that we are able to provide at our conventions if it were not for the generosity of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking the companies below that have committed as of press time. We look forward to adding other generous companies to this list. All will be thanked in the Program Book and on signs throughout the convention, positioned for high
visibility, and mentioned often from the stage!
If you are interested in sponsoring but have not yet completed your forms, please contact our Exhibit/Sponsorship Director, Mark Mitchell, at; PH: 386-402-7401.

Special Public Relations and Dessert Reception Sponsor ($25,000)

D'Addario & Co. Inc.

Welcome Reception Sponsor ($7,000)

Heritage Insurance Services, Inc.

Conference Bag ($4,000)

Gatchell Violin Company

Celebrating Women in the Violin Trade Luncheon Sponsors

Bernhardt House of Violins
Claire Givens Violins
International Violin Company

Cremonese Level ($3,000)

Pirastro GmbH

Venetian Level  ($2,000)
Century Strings Inc.
Christopher English
Harmonious Designs, LLC
L’Archet Brasil
Scott Cao Violins, Inc.

Brescian Level ($500)
Benoit Rolland Studio
Cremona Strings, SRL
Link Auction Galleries
Fan Chia Tao

Exhibit/Sponsor information


Thank You to
Our 2014 Vendors

Amber Strings Inc.
172 Greenbriar Lane
La Puente, CA 91744 USA
Amber Strings Inc. has returned this year. (Yay!) We’ll continue to provide our line of stringed instruments that has been loved by customers all over the states.

Angels Musical Instuments, Inc.
1200 Mountain View Circle
Azusa, CA 91702 USA
626-969-8800/Fax: 626-969-8100
We are a manufacturer, exporter and wholesaler in business, providing professional, quality, old-fashioned bowed instruments - violins, violas, and cellos in full line from students to professionals, along with their cases.

Arcos Brasil USA
2125 S. Priest Drive, #301
Tempe, AZ 85282 USA
480-967-5227/Fax: 480-967-5117
Violins, Violas, Cellos, Pernambuco Bows, Carbon Fiber Bows, Rosin & Accessories

Bachmann Guitars & Tonewood
Handwerkerzone 130
39030 Antholz-Mitteral (BZ) Italy
0039 0474492349
Tonewood for stringed instruments SPRUCE from the high “Dolomite” of North Italy/South Tirol and MAPLE from Bosnia.

Bogaro & Clemente SNC
Via Grado, 70
34074 Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy
Production and repair of accessories for stringed instruments and cases.

Bosco Violin Supply
343327 Ebenezer Road RR #2
Mount Elgin, Ontario N0J 1NO Canada
519-485-1889/Fax: 519-485-4015
Wholesale supplier to Luthiers, violin shops and music stores in Canada since 1976, Bosco Violin Supply has a comprehensive inventory of quality products from raw materials to complete instrument outfits.

BowWorks/ Paulus GMbH
PO Box 263
Little River, CA 95456 USA
707-937-0570/Fax: 707-937-0570
Largest selection of supplies for makers and repairers of bows. Best quality bow hair, grip and wrap material. Shell, ebony and Pernambuco bow blank. Bow making tools.

Brian Hart Luthier Tools
24 Ann Street Gadlys
Aberdare, CF448DU 0044 Wales
Finest quality hand made luthier tools for the maker and restorer alike. We look forward to meeting you.

1425 Kendall Drive
Boulder, CO 80305 USA
CelloStone removes the wolf of the cello, improves the playability of the cello. Amplitude spectrum’s show the cello voice is retained and the interference removed. Patent #8,735,702.

Century Strings Inc.
13893 Redwood Avenue
Chino, CA 91710 USA
909-548-0845/Fax: 909-586-6226
Wholesale of stringed instruments, bows, cases, and accessories. We also provide white-instruments for Luthiers of all levels.

Christopher English
1485 W. U Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA
Violin Bows, Pernambuco sticks, ebony frog blanks, abalone

Classic Violins Corp
119 We. Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060 USA
847-970-3797/Fax: 847-388-3923
Makers of fine violins, violas, and cellos. Fine quality instrument fittings.

Cleveland Violins
2917 Mayfield Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 USA
216-932-9310/ Fax: 216-932-9300
Tools, accessories, bowhair, Y. Chen Instruments and bows.

Connolly Music Company
8 Vernon Valley Road
East Northport, NY 11731 USA
800-644-5268/Fax: 631-757-0021
Sales, marketing and distribution specialists, Connolly Music Company is dedicated to connecting manufacturers, resellers, and the devoted community of musicians they serve.

Cremona Strings, SRL
Via San Martino 1
Cremona, 26100 0039 Italy
High quality violins and violas hand made in Cremona, Italy.

D’Addario & Company, Inc.
595 Smith Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
D’Addario & Company, Inc. manufactures fine instrument strings and accessories serving the needs of professionals and students alike. Our products include Kaplan, Helicore, Zyex, Pro-Arte, and Prelude, as well as Kaplan Artcraft and Kaplan Solutions Accessories. Proud of our family tradition as well as our commitment to research into new technologies, D’Addario has been crafting musical instrument strings in the US for more than 100 years.

D&D Tonewood International
Ljudevita Jonkea 3
Zagreb, 10000 Croatia
We supply instrument makers with Bosnian maple tonewoods.

Eastman Strings, Inc.
2158 Pomona Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91768 USA
800-789-2216/Fax: 909-868-1773
Eastman Strings supplies students, teachers and professionals with fine orchestral stringed instruments. Talented craftspeople guided by master luthiers, handcraft each instrument from superior aged tonewoods following the Master’s style.

European Tonewoods
Petra Komnenica BB
Niksic, 81400 392 Montenegro
High quality Maple, Spruce and other woods.

Evan Smith
850 Safstrom Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401 USA
Master maker Evan Smith has built instruments since 1987, worked with Ed Campbell at the Tucson violin workshop from 1990 until Ed’s retirement (2010), and continues a workshop (

Frirsz Music Company
24 Pine Robin Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 USA
518-893-2424/Fax: 518-886-8368
Nicholas Frirsz, a fifth generation Master Luthier, has designed and patented a very innovative tailpiece that dramatically improves the projection, balance, and sensivity of bowed string instruments.

Fuchs and Chaxel SĀRL
Impasse de la Poste 4
Porsel, 1699 Germany
4121 909 4424
Maker of fine bows, in the French tradition. Engraver of fine bows by his daughter, Noémie Fuchs.

Gatchell Violin Company
1379 West New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, FL 32904
321 345 5515
Gatchell Violins offers instruments from student through professional level. All are affordable, high quality, handcrafted violins, violas, cellos, basses, bows and are backed by our complete satisfaction guarantee. Also offered is a complete line of quality cases and accessories.

Harmonius Designs, LLC
3816 Wentwood Drive
Dallas, TX 75225 USA
469-939-5052/Fax: 469-759-6258
Launched in October 2013 by Harmonius Designs, the V-MUSIC EggMATE® helps students develop the proper wrist posture and eliminate the age-old problem of playing with a collapsed wrist. The patented design attaches to the instrument magnetically in minutes and instantly prevents students from playing with “waiter” or “pizza” hand. At last… the right Wrist Posture without the Prompting!

Helmut Ulrich Instrumentation
Dobel Street #16
Waging Am See, 88329 Germany
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.”

Heritage Insurance Services, Inc.
823 Bustleton Pike, Suite 203
Feasterville, PA 19053
Specialized insurance programs for violin dealers and makers.

Holfter GmbH
Steinfurt 22
Stolberg, D-52222 Germany
011-49-2402-126540/Fax: 011-49-2402-1265429
Milo Stamm and Aubert bridges. Reference books and posters. Inlay Technique for restoration - Andreas Jacobi

Horst John Brazilian Bows
Av Antonio Pandolfi S/N
Aracruz ES,  Brazil
55-27-3276-1129/Fax: 55-27-3276-1129
Modern, barroque and classic Pernambuco Bows.

Howard Core Company LLC
99 Symphony Way
Anniston, AL 36205 USA
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.

Ifshin Violins
6420 Fairmount Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
Jay Haide line of instruments: Violins, Violas, Cellos, Basses.

International Violin Company
1421 Clarkview Road, #118
Baltimore, MD 21209 USA
Wholesale luthier supplies, tonewood, tools, strings, cases, books, dvd’s, bows.

Krentz String Works
1215 NE 130th Street
Washington, DC 98125 USA
Krentz String Works is a design and innovation company that specializes in fine string instruments and instrument accessories. We have taken on the seemingly intractable problems faced by string players and have designed revolutionary solutions, creating a new standard of sound and function.

L’Archet Brasil
352 Tall Pines Road, Suite G
West Palm Beach, FL 33413 USA
561-790-4191/Fax: 561-790-4081
Bows from Brazil, Euopean Tonewood.

Larsen Strings A/S
Elholm 6A
DK 6400 Sonderborg, Denmark
+45 7443 1760
Or USA: 4330 Bullard Avenue
Bronx, NY 10466
718-994-1613/Fax: 718-354-1918
Musical Instrument strings and rosin for violin, viola, and cello

Les Luthiers du Quebec
1134 de Belle Chasse
Montreal, Quebec H2S 1Y6 Canada
Some of the more representative violin and bow makers from Quebec are showing their instruments. They give you the opportunity to meet them, try and play their instruments and bows.

Maple Leaf Strings
1039 N. Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45224 USA
513-681-0186 x201/Fax:
Maple Leaf Strings is a manufacturer of fine stringed instruments and accessories catering to the needs of the musical instrument industry.

Metropolitan Music Company
4861 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672 USA
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.

(Semmel Enterprises, Inc.)
3268 South 31st Street
Lincoln, NE 68502 USA
The family of Monsterballvise products.

Musaica Imports, LLC
8705 Shamrock Road
Omaha, NE 68114 USA
402-827-9270/Fax: 610-487-0720
Fine Fittings, Tonewood, and Instruments.

Nova Strings
8548 Anniversary Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 USA
240-631-1955/Fax: 240-631-1958
Nova strings is a full line distributor of orchestral bowed string instrument accessories. We offer our services to violin stores, music stores, luthiers and bow makers.

Otto Musica
501 E. Pennsylvania Blvd.
Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053 USA
267-684-6565/Fax: 267-684-6394
Distributor of VN, VA,VC, DB and accessories, brand name OTTO, MUCO, ARTINO

Pioneer Valley Imports
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 229
Easthampton, MA 01027 USA
413-586-1800/Fax: 413-585-8902
Purveyor of the finest bowhair from around the world.

Pirastro GmbH
Senefedlerstrasse 80
Offenbach Am Main, 63069 Germany
631-834-2947/Fax: 49-69-831-663
Fine orchestral strings and rosin handmade in germany since 1798. Manufacturing a variety of strings for violins, violas, cell and double bass. Products include Erich Piruzzi, Obligatro and many more.

Scott Cao Violins, Inc.
1860 Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008 USA
408-378-3665/Fax: 408-871-8238
Wholesale and direct sale of violins, violas, cellos, basses, and bows from beginner, student, intermediate, serious player to professional, soloist and collector levels.

Snow Stringed Instruments, Inc.
135-15 37th Avenue FL 2
New York, NY 11354 USA
718-353-7402/Fax: 718-353-7854
Our company is an international wholesale business specializing in quality violins, violas and cellos. We have been improving as have our instruments.

Sousa Bows, Inc.
6869 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33144 USA
305-740-9400/Fax: 305-740-9430
Bows for the violin family made to the most exacting standards of exceptionally well chosen pernambuco and inspected by highly trained experts. Trusted worldwide for consistency, playability and superior attention to detail.

STRADPET-Nuojian Sci-Tech
1122 Bailiangyuan, A39 Fuxing Road, Haidan Dist
Beijing, 100039 China
+86-10-8820-3251/Fax: +86-10-8820-3261
The brand name: STRADPET. Manufacturer: The titanium series of violin accessories and etc.

501 Canal Blvd. Suite J
Richmond, CA 94804 USA
510-215-0010/Fax: 510-231-8964
Stringletter builds, engages, and serves musical communities through its media brands, strings acoustic guitar and ukulele.

Talwar Brothers P, Ltd.
EN 42 Sector 5 Salt Lake
Kolkata, 700091-91 India
Fax: 011-913323577812
ACURA MEISTER violin family fittings in Ebony, Boxwood, Rosewood, Tintul, and Snakewood in Maestro, Prima, and Student grades, Bow Parts, Tools and Tool Handles, Cello End Pins, Aprons, Conductor Batons.

Timberwood Industries, Inc.
PO Box 82
South Salem, NY 10590 USA
914-533-2020/Fax: 914-533-6323
Tonewood - Books on Music - Fine Italian violins

Tonewood International
Via Constone Di Mezzo, 19/B
26100 Cremona, Italy
+39 0372 801854
Fax: +39 0372 801855
Tonewood International Cremona produce elements for string instrument makers, Paneveggio Spruce, Balkan Maple, Cremona Willow, accessories, fingerboards, bridges and violins.

Tong’s Violin Shop
9561 Valpariso Court
Indianapolis, IN 46268 USA
317-918-1688/Fax: 317-733-5858
Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass - wholesale.

Violin Varnish Ltd.
14 Prospect Street
Trumansburg, NY 14886 USA
607-387-9280/Fax: 607-387-5264
Handmade Violin Varnishes, Colors, and Balsam Ground. Violin Varnishing Workshops.

Wiseman Cases London
7 Genoa Road, Anerley
London, SE20-8ES-0044 England
+44 (0) 20 8778 0752
Wisman Carbon Fibre Violin and Viola cases of extreme strength and lightness to protect very valuable instruments. Hidden tracking devices optional. Unique design inside and out. Handmade in London.