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2011 Southern California Violin Makers Workshop, Claremont Colleges, Calif.

TThe 6th annual workshops will once again include three 5-day sessions of violin making with Michael Darnton (June 6-24, Mon-Fri), and two 5-day sessions of bow making and related topics with Lynn Armour Hannings (June 6-15, Mon-Fri and Sat-Wed). Steve DeCoux, double award winner at the 2010 convention, will assist Ms. Hannings. Robert Cauer will be present Monday, June 20th, to do a hands-on workshop on varnish retouching. Call 909-624-0489 for information

All skill levels accepted to violin and bow making. Breakfast and Lunch, Mon-Fri, (violin makers) and every day (bow sessions) included with tuition. Housing available. Enrollment is limited. You can visit the workshop website for more information and how to register. That address is or call 909-624-0849.


Applications are now being accepted for the West Dean College two-year diploma in Making Stringed Musical Instruments, and for the one-year Professional Development Diploma for advanced students, to start in September 2011. Both courses place special emphasis on making baroque instruments of the violin and viola da gamba families.

Bursary and scholarship opportunities are available and will be discussed as part of the interview process.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in musical instrument making and are sought from a wide range of backgrounds. Previous experience in musical instrument making, or related tool skills are desirable but not a pre-requisite to entry.

West Dean College equips students with advanced-level practical skills that are highly sought after by potential employers and for professional practice. The content of the programmes is grounded in practice firmly supported by historical contextualisation and theory. Our staff-to-student ratio is exceptional (average 1:8). The academic year runs for thirty-six weeks and workshops are open from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days of the week during term time. West Dean is a small specialist College set in the heart of the 6,400 acre West Dean Estate near Chichester, West Sussex, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the slopes of the South Downs.

For informal enquiries and to apply, contact:

Benjamin Hebbert
Program leader for musical instrument making
West Dean College
Nr. Chichester
West Sussex PO18 0QZ
United Kingdom
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1243 818 235

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