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