The Violin Society of America

47th Annual Convention, Request for Proposals

Deadline: April 22, 2019

Conference Dates: November 6–9, 2019

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Conference venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell Centre, Dallas, TX

The Violin Society of America’s mission is to promote the art and science of making, repairing and preserving stringed musical instruments and their bows. Membership in the VSA is open to all who share an interest in the violin, viola, cello, bass and their bows. The objective of this year’s convention is to provide a forum for VSA members to share information and interact with others who reflect this broad and diverse range of interests and concerns.

Convention participants are interested in hearing about their colleagues’ work and learning more about all aspects of bowed instrument- and bow-related topics including:

·         Craftsmanship, techniques and methods for makers and restorers

·         Acoustics, practical and theoretical

·         Innovation, including materials and business development

·         Identification of and history of instruments and various making schools

·         History of making and restoration

·         Instrument related business issues and best practices

·         Independent research

·         Outreach to players: instrument maintenance, purchase, instrument set-up and adjustment

·         Presentations may include, but are not limited to, work that has been grant-funded

The 2019 VSA Program Committee is now calling for proposals for presentations of VSA members’ best practices and techniques that support the goals and purposes of the Society. Specific technical methods that can be effectively presented in a group session are encouraged. Technical presentations that are more effectively presented in smaller groups will be given appropriate presentation space in the customary Open Forum.

Presentations will be 45 minutes to 1 hour in length including questions and discussion.  Presentations will be grouped by similar topics or themes by the Program Committee.  Presenters should anticipate audience participation, discussion and questions and answers.

All proposals will be evaluated by the VSA Program Committee for alignment with the VSA mission. As there are a limited number of presentation times available, the committee will prioritize based on relevance, the number of other proposals related to the same topic, and presenter qualifications.  

The deadline for Submissions is April 22, 2019. Selected presenters will be notified by May 21, 2019.

Presenters who elect to have their presentations considered for publication in the VSA Scroll magazine or the VSA Papers must provide a complete written version of their presentation if it is selected for publication.

Download the Proposal form: 2019 VSA Call For Proposals_FINAL.pdf

The Violin Society of America
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Dallas, TX 75244
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