Oberlin Summer Workshops


Oberlin Summer Workshops have been cancelled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the college needing the facilities for their own use.  Please check back in 2022 for an updated schedule. 

 Andrew Dipper rebuilds a rib assembly onto a back
Since 1986 the VSA has sponsored workshops in conjunction with Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio. The workshops, offered every summer, offer an outstanding and important opportunity for violin and bow makers to learn methods and subtleties associated with fine stringed instruments and bows. The original Restoration Workshop was created by the noted restorer Vahakn Nigogosian.

Today there are six programs held during the summer, which offer in-depth instruction by a distinguished faculty supplemented by renowned luthiers. The current programs are: Violin Making (advanced professional); Bow Making (advanced professional); Restoration; Bass Making (advanced professional); and Acoustics. For exact programs, please review below.

For general information:
Anna Hoffmann
Oberlin Conservatory of Music Summer Programs
(440) 775-8044

Oberlin Summer Workshop Directors
Jay Vandekopple,  Bass Workshop
Fan Tao,  Acoustics Workshop 
David Forbes, Bow Makers Workshop 
Chris Germain, Violin Makers Workshop 
Jerry Pasewicz and David Orlin, Bow Restoration Workshop 
Jerry Lynn, Violin Restoration Workshop 

Click on the links below for individual workshop inquiry forms:

Bass Workshop
Acoustics Workshop

Bow Makers Workshop

Violin Makers Workshop
Bow Restoration Workshop

Violin Restoration Workshop

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

For general inquiries, you can email the VSA office at info@vsaweb.org
For inquiries regarding the VSA journal, you can email paperseditor@vsaweb.org

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