2021 Virtual Convention

Thursday, Nov 11 - Saturday, Nov 13
Free Registration Now Open to Members & Vendors
Site updated Tuesday, September 28

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year’s virtual event will be FREE to VSA members. Register now to reconnect with over 900 string instrument enthusiasts and enjoy live content from expert members, including:

  • Adam Goltry Beyond the Handle Graft
  • Sarah Peck William Monical - In Memoriam
  • Jennifer Creadick Insights from the 2021 Women in Lutherie Fellowship
  • with more to be announced


  • a rare instrument exhibit
  • performances by Laureates of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

CAS Forum presents: Oberlin Acoustics Workshop

Friday, November 12

The CAS Forum brings instrument and bow makers together with researchers in musical acoustics. Organized within the VSA and open to all members, the group explores applications of scientific principles to the construction of violin-family instruments. A special installment of the monthly First Fridays series is planned as part of the 2021 Virtual Convention. Additional (FREE) registration required. Presentations include:

  • Joseph Curtin Effects of String Tension and Break Angle on the Acoustical Behavior of Violins
  • Jim Woodhouse Signature Modes and Formants: Comparing Stringed Instruments
  • Fan Tao String Tension and Damping: Comparing Strings for Stringed Instruments

2021 New Instrument Exhibit

Important Dates

Monday, October 18 - Registration deadline

Friday, October 22 - Delivery deadline for your instrument/bow or exhibit materials

The convention includes the return of the NIE, a showcase separate from the bi-annual VSA Competition. Exhibitors can virtually share a recent instrument or bow to inspire and learn from their peers. This year’s event will include a Maker’s Forum, a live Q & A for a limited number of makers to discuss their work with convention attendees. Keep My Instrument or Bow exhibitors will provide exhibit materials directly, while Ship My Instrument or Bow exhibitors will send their work to the NIE Coordinator to facilitate photos and video for an additional fee.

Vendors & Sponsors

2021 Special
Vendor registration is FREE and includes an interactive booth within the convention app to showcase your business to conference attendees.

Sponsorships are available with a range of packages for promotional advertisement before, during, and after the convention to maximize your exposure to over 900 current members.

We encourage participation as both a vendor and a sponsor.

We can't wait to see you even if we can't be together in person.


Your friends & colleagues at the VSA

PS - Have a question about the 2021 Virtual Convention? Email info@vsaweb.org and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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