Violin Society of America
- Carolyn Bryant
Society founded in 1973 to promote the art and science of making, repairing, and preserving string instruments and their bows. Membership is open to all who share an interest in the violin, viola, cello, bass, and their bows, reflecting a diverse range of interests, including craftsmanship, acoustics, innovation, the history of instruments and performers, technique, performance practice, repertory, and other matters pertaining to instruments of the violin family. In 2011 the society had over 1400 members, with 29% from outside the United States.
The group holds an annual convention, offering lectures, demonstrations of violin and bow making, exhibits, and performances, and is well known for its biannual international competition for new instruments and bows. It publishes the refereed Journal of the Violin Society of America and VSA Papers, as well as a newsletter, and maintains a website (<http://www.vsa.to>). Jointly with Oberlin College, the VSA has sponsored summer workshops (since ...