VSA Board of Directors Notice of Nominations and Biannual Business Meeting

Greetings, VSA Member:
In accordance with our bylaws, our biannual Business Meeting will be held during our upcoming 20th Annual Competition in Cleveland, Ohio at the Renaissance hotel.

The Business Meeting will take place on Friday, November 16 from 10:30 to 11:45 AM EDT at the Renaissance Hotel, where voting on the nominations to the Board of Directors will occur, along with other regular business of the Society. These nominations are proffered to the membership from the Nominating Committee; should anyone wish to nominate anyone not listed below, you will need to secure the agreement of the nominee, along with 25 signatures of supporting members, which then need to be sent to the VSA Office at the address above in advance of the convention.

John Montgomery
Chair, VSA Nominating Committee

VSA Slate of Nominees for 2012 Board of Directors

The Officers of the Board of Directors are elected by the Board during their meeting at the previous Biannual, and all serve a two year term, 2012 to 2014.

President: Chris Germain
Vice President: Jerry Pasewicz
Secretary: Ted White
Treasurer.: Richard Dodson
President Elect: Lori Kirr
Past-President.: Rodney Mohr

New Members of the Board of Directors are recommended by the Nominating Committee, voted on by the membership, and all serve a four year term, 2012 to 2016.

Bruce Babbitt
Rich Dodson
Lori Kirr
Nick Lampo
Bill Lee
Bruno Price
Raymond Schryer

Who are replacing current directors Ken Sullivan, Jay Vanderkopple, Jim Warren, Marilyn Wallin, Tom King, Roland Feller and John Montgomery

Nominee Biographies

Bruce Babbitt

Kent State University BFA (Painting and Sculpture), Honors College.
Royal College of Art MA(RCA) Sculpture

My first interest in violin identification, and buying and selling of instruments, started in London in 1973. I have now worked at these endeavors for nearly forty years. My interest has been a broad one, specializing in the general market of violins and bows. I am also an avid collector of certain items that I think are exceptional examples of their type. I have plans in the works to do a book in order to share this collection. Worked with the VSA to bring about the exhibition on The History of Violin Making in Ohio at the 38th Convention. Currently working to present an exhibition on Violin Making from the Vogtland, 1910-45, to be presented at this years convention.

Richard Dodson
I am a CPA although, not in public practice anymore. Employment wise, I have been VP of Operations and Treasurer of a fairly large Construction Materials manufacturer and wholesaler in Pennslyvania for the last 24 years. I could certainly provide input into other matters that may come up at the board. However, I probably would not expect to contribute much in the technical aspects and needs of maker’s.

On the violin side, I have been wholesaling and retailing violins along with non-extensive repair on a part time basis for well over 20 years developing knowledge and contacts. I am in no way a maker. When I retire I hope to go full time in dealing in stringed instruments.

Lori Kirr
Lori Kirr is the owner of International Violin Company, Ltd, in Baltimore, MD which she purchased in 1994 from the previous owner. The company was founded in 1933 and has been serving the violin trade ever since.

Lori Kirr has been involved with the VSA since 1994 when Mary and Ed Campbell invited her to attend the VSA Convention in Boiling Springs, PA in 1995. She has served as a past board member and Vice President of the board and has remained involved with the long term planning committee and chair of the vendor room for the VSA Conventions.

Lori attended University of Maryland majoring in business and worked in the 1980’s at T. Rowe Price as an assistant bond trader for the US Treasury Fund.

Lori is married to Stephen Kirr who is a Director at US Lacrosse and has 2 grown children, Adam and Jordyn. Lori is involved in many non-profit organizations and does a lot of volunteer work in the Baltimore Community.

Nicholas J. Lampo
Professional Cellist & Teacher
Formerly with the Charlotte Symphony, Nick Lampo has performed as principal cellist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony and the Orlando Florida Symphony. In addition, he has performed internationally with various orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Now retired from teaching, Nick maintained a private teaching studio at Queens University in Charlotte for thirty years.
He continues to perform in chamber music and orchestral concerts and founded the Blue Ridge Chamber Players in 2005.

Community Service
Mr. Lampo is past board chair for the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and Friends of Music at Queens University.
Nick has also served as board member for Charlotte Children’s Choir and Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice.

Information Technology & Business Management
Currently Senior Vice President with the Risk & Regulatory Program Management area of Bank of America, Mr. Lampo has thirty years business management experience with a focus on organizing and leading multimillion dollar large scale technology projects.

In addition to project management, Nick has been Chief Information Officer for a start-up internet company, marketing manager for an I.T. consulting services firm and consulting division manager for a software development company.

He specializes in complex project definition and remediation as well as process and methodology design.

Instrument & Bow Repair, Sales & Service
For the past three years, Nick has attended the VSA Oberlin Bow Restoration Workshop where he studied bow repair & restoration with Jerry Pasewicz and Rodney Mohr. In addition he has attended the instrument maintenance workshops at the University of New Hampshire where he studied violin setup & repair with Horst Klaus.

Mr. Lampo established the Blue Ridge String Instrument Company (BRSIC) in 2010 which he currently operates part time. BRSIC provides violin, viola and cello instrument sales, maintenance and repair services to the students, teachers and professional string players in the Charlotte NC area.

Nick plans to expand BRSIC to a full time shop when he retires from Bank of America.

William Harris Lee III
I started in 1968 working with Manfred Reinl who was employed at William Lewis and Sons in Chicago. I worked with him thru high school. During high school I studied model and mold making which fit very well with my interests in violin making.

After high school I worked with Erwin Hertel and Andrew Schroetter and Co. where I was the workshop manager. While there I became friends with Howard Core and later when into a partnership with him for two years.

I went into a partnership with Howard Core for about 2 years and decided we needed to move in different directions.

I started my business in 1978 focused on wholesale trade but quickly moved into violin making. Our workshop has developed into the largest in the US and has included such makers as Tetsuo Matsuda, Will Whedbee, Gary Garavaglia, Bronek Cison, Vanna So, jan Bobak, Peter Staszel, Mietec Rusnak to name a small number. Our shop has 18 people in our workshop mostly working in the making of instruments.

Bruno Price
Bruno Price trained as a cellist in the U.K at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal Northern College of Music. He continued his studies in 1984 at Northern Illinois University, studying with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. He began working at Bein & Fushi in Chicago in 1986 and from 1995 led the sales department for the New York office of Machold Rare Violins. In 2002 he formed a partnership with Ziv Arazi, establishing the firm of RARE VIOLINS of NEW YORK. The shop was initially located on the upper west side in Manhattan and moved in 2010 to its current location next to Carnegie Hall. RVNY currently employs four restorers in the workshop along with its bow maker, Ron Forrester.

Raymond Schryer
Raymond Schryer, born 1961 in Sault Ste Marie ON Canada, has been passionate about violins for over 35 years. Raymond studied violin performance at the University of Western Ontario and now enjoys arranging music and performing.

At the age of fourteen, Raymond studied violin making with his uncle Fernand Schryer in Quebec for four years. At 21 Raymond earned a formal 3 year apprenticeship from the violin shop of Geo. Heinl & Co. in Toronto. The decades from 1992 – 2012 are filled with research, innovation and rewards. In violinmaking competitions Raymond consistently improved his standing, winning numerous silver and gold medals internationally. One of his proudest moments was the Gold Medal win for Cello in October 2003 at the Triennale Internazionale in Cremona, Italy.

Raymond has been an active member and on the boards of: Entente Internationale des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers D’Arts, and the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. He has served on the jury panel for several international violin making competitions. Raymond has enjoyed the opportunity to teach at violin making schools, conferences and workshops worldwide.

At the Oberlin Workshop Raymond and his colleagues collaborate and apply new technologies to the art of violin making. Publishing articles and research projects have benefited his career by sharing with other makers worldwide. Raymond Schryer is a recognized leader and innovator in his field.

Presidents letter as PDF

Nominees Biographies as PDF

(posted 9/26/2012)