The 2018 VSA 46th Annual Convention & 23rd International Competition

November 4-9, 2018
Cleveland Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, OH

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  •  Competition Check-In: Sunday, November 4, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • There will be no on-site registration of entries
  • The entry deadline is October 4, 2018. When the maximum number of instruments or bows in any category is reached registration will be closed.
  • Registration must be completed online 
  • Competition Instrument Pick-Up: Friday, November 9, 11 p.m.–midnight
  • There is an $85 per item early withdrawal fee for items removed after 4 p.m. but prior to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 9.

Networking Opportunities

  •  Opening Reception: Sunday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • VSA Member Luncheon*: Wednesday, November 7, 12 noon
  • Women in Business Luncheon*: Tuesday, November 6, 12 noon; Speakers: Annie Fullard and Mari Sato
  • VSA Scholarship Auction*: Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-7 p.m..
  • New Professionals Mixer*: Monday, November 5, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • VSA Awards Banquet*: Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m.

o   Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at time of registration (coming soon!)

o   Competitors may buy 1 ticket at $29; each additional ticket will be $75

  •  Open mic night: TBD
  • Closing Reception*: Friday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.

* Times are subject to change


  • Rare instrument exhibit provided by Bruno Price

  • German bows study exhibit provided by Bruce Babbitt with an introduction by Yung Chin.

  • New instrument exhibit chaired by Fan-Chia Tao

Currently Scheduled Presentations 

  • An overview of the rules and methods used in the competition judging
  • A presentation addressing not only various ways to creatively promote one’s work, but also tips for becoming more comfortable with marketing and advertising
  • Members brainstorming session on activities to constantly improve the effectiveness and value of the VSA
  • A discussion of how structural changes to the bridge, bassbar, soundpost, neck, fingerboard, and chinrest can affect the acoustics of the instrument as well as the ease with which it can be played, maintained, and repaired and possibilities for future development
  • The results of a study of the functional and acoustical role of the neck-fingerboard assembly as well as the effects of introducing variations in their respective weight and stiffness
  • A panel discussion on how we can make diversity most welcome
  • A presentation on Instrument photography with a focus on the equipment used, the studio space workflow which leads to consistent results, and the standards used for web display of images
  • The results of a study that mapped the process of making a violin and identified the total time of production and its direct costs.
  • A presentation on bow playability based on a study that measured seventy-five violin bows for their physical properties and player preferences.

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14070 Proton Rd.
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Dallas, TX 75244
972-233-9107 x205 

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