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Steep pandemic discounts on registration AND membership renewals!  Click the register button below for more details. 

Registration closes November 6th, 2020 and there will be no onsite registration.

Convention Dates:

November 11 -  A full-day tutorial led by Harry Mairson, who will introduce the software he designed for François Denis’s book, Traité de Lutherie. This special Pre-Convention workshop will provide an understanding of the basic ideas of Euclidean, geometric drawing of stringed instrument forms, inspired by Denis’s book. The larger part of the tutorial is devoted to a guided exercise in drawing the outline of a Brothers Amati viola.  

November 12-13 - The afternoons of the 12th and 13th will be sessions from the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop.  Stay tuned for more details!

November 14 - 15 - Convention Dates: Live Q&A Sessions!

The VSA Virtual Convention?!  Wait, how's that going to work?  I want the usual program of great speakers on great topics and the Q&A afterward!  How do I network with my friends?  And the exhibits and the vendors -- how's that going to work?

There's an app for that.

Whova is the app The VSA is using to help attendees network with fellow member makers, restorers, dealers, and vendors. It's been around for years and time-tested by hundreds of member organizations and businesses. You can access it from whatever device is closest at hand – at home, on the road, in the shop, at the stove, on your stationary bicycle, at the dining room table while the kids do their homework.  It is the perfect tool you want in your pandemic toolbox, and you can download the app on any mobile device or desktop!

Downloading the WHOVA app and signing in is as simple as 1,2,3.  Literally.

  1. Open the Apple Store or Google Play on your mobile device and find “Whova” and tap to download and install the app. For desktop users use the WHOVA web app.
  2. Enter the email address you used for event registration.
  3. Create a password and type in your name.

And Bob’s your uncle.  You’re in.  And you’re ready to roll! Below are a few helpful links on how to download WHOVA as well as a FAQ's page:

Zoom Info Page

What is WHOVA?


Helpful WHOVA Video Links:
How to download the app

Networking Opportunities

Preliminary Schedule

Registration Rates:

VSA Member Registration: $80
VSA Student Member Registration: $25
VSA Non-Member: $160

Registration closes November 6th, 2020 and there will be no onsite registration.

peakers to Include:

Carlo Chiesa  --  on violin making in Milan 1650-1850

Ben Hebbert -- on violin making in Northern Europe 1560-1660

Bettina Hoffmann -- the history of the viol

Alex Weidner -- Howard Core's transition to a modern business

Joshua Beyer and Jean-Philippe Echard -- the Stradivari La Clapisson pochette

Matt Wehling -- how Voirin changed the bow

Thomas Nania -- the dynamics of the archtop guitar

Gregg Alf -- recent research on the Stradivari Messiah of 1716

Jerry Lynn -- on using CNC in restoration

Joseph Curtin - Report from the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop

Rodney Mohr, representatives from Sonowood and  Neo-Ebene Sarl/Corene - Alternative Materials

John Alberti - The Process of Designing and Producing Tools

Robert McIntosh - Setting A Bass Neck Using A Laser, A Router and A Table Saw

Representatives from the regional violin makers associations -- lessons learned and planned activities

2020 Virtual Annual Convention Sponsors






The Violin Society of America
14070 Proton Rd.
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75244
972-233-9107 x224

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