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date: 13 November 2019

Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS).locked

  • Allison A. Alcorn



Organisation established in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1963 to explore musical acoustics and to promote the practical application of scientific principles to the construction and restoration of instruments of the violin family. For example, members of the CAS pioneered methods for tuning the front and back plates of an instrument before assembly, and promoted the development of the so-called New violin family. Carleen M. Hutchins (1911–2009), a former high school science teacher who turned to acoustics research, founded the CAS along with Frederick A. Saunders, John C. Schelleng, and Robert E. Fryxell. At its peak in the early 1980s the CAS had about 800 members and subscribers. It sponsored public programs as well as international conferences (Mittenwald, 1989; Annapolis, 1991; Tokyo, 1992; Cromwell, CT, 1993; Paris, 1995; Ann Arbor, 1996; Edinburgh, 1997; Washington State, 1998). A primary contribution of the CAS has been its extensive collection of acoustics research files, now housed at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. The CAS merged with the Violin Society of America (VSA) in ...

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