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The VSA Convention 2023 - Baltimore
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 5:00 PM to Saturday, November 18, 2023, 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Join us in Baltimore, MD for the 49th annual Violin Society of America Convention!

November 15-18, 2023

Opening Reception is at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15.

Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Save the dates: November 15 - November 18, 2023. 
Click here to register today!
Click here to register as a Convention Sponsor or Vendor!


Open the Convention Prospectus to see the Sponsor and Vendor opportunities!


 2023 Convention Schedule 

Date Start Time End Time Event Room
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:00 PM 7:00 PM Vendor Load In

Ballroom East/West

  6:00 PM 7:30 PM Welcome Reception

Stadium Ballroom

Thursday, November 16, 2023 9:00 AM 6:00 PM

Vendor Room Open

Ballroom East/West
  10:00 AM 10:45 AM

Instrument Exhibit Remarks - Itzel Ávila & Colin Maki

  11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Geometric Arching - Harry Mairson

University Ballroom


12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Women's Lunch

(Open to all, with a special focus on women in the trade. Room for 50 people.)



1:00 PM

2:00 PM

The Alliance Report on Conservation - Lynn Hannings

University Ballroom


2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Unexpected and Improbable life of Guiseppe Rocca - Philip Kass

University Ballroom


3:00 PM

4:00 PM

2023 Oberlin Bow Project- Heinrich Knopf - Panel Discussion moderated by Eben Bodach-Turner

University Ballroom

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

Demonstration Stations

University Ballroom

8:00 PM

10:00 PM

Chamber Music

University Ballroom
Friday, November 17, 2023 9:00 AM 6:00 PM

Vendor Room Open

Ballroom East/West

  10:00 AM  11:00 AM 

Interpersonal Mistake Management - Robyn Sullivan & Korinthia Klein

University Ballroom

  11:00 AM  12:00 PM

National Music Museum: New Facilities Bring New Opportunities for Makers and Restorers - Arian Sheets

University Ballroom
  12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Speaker's Appreciation Lunch (by invitation only)


   1:00 PM  2:00 PM

Medal Winner's Panel - Moderated by Bill Scott, Jr.

University Ballroom 
  2:00 PM   3:00 PM  

Viola Form Development - Marilyn Wallin

University Ballroom 
   3:00 PM 4:00 PM 

Evolving Thoughts on Cremonese Edgework - Antoine Nédélec 

University Ballroom 
  5:00 PM  6:00 PM 

"Four Strings Around the World on The VSA's New Instruments" - Performed by Irina Muresanu

University Ballroom 
   8:00 PM  11:00 PM

Trivia Night

University Ballroom 
Saturday, November 18, 2023 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Vendor Room Open

Ballroom East/West
  10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Bass Bars & Beyond: Experimental Design Challenges at the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop - MJ Kwan

University Ballroom 
  11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Reviving Historical Techniques: Garance Root-Based Coloring of Oil Varnish - Pierre Flavetta

University Ballroom 
  12:00 PM   1:00 PM

Break for Lunch

   1:00 PM  2:00 PM

Three Ways To Think about your Business - Moderated by Ethan Ladd

University Ballroom  
   2:00 PM  3:00 PM

Pernambucco Update - Yung Chin

University Ballroom  
   5:30 PM  7:30 PM Closing Reception  University Ballroom  


 Please join us for a special performance by Irina Muresanu.

Friday November 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM


Irina Muresanu Performs

Four Strings Around the World on The VSA’s New Instruments


Thank you to our 2023 Commercial Vendors!

Arcos Brasil USA

2314 S. Rural Rd.

Tempe, Arizona 85282

480-967-5227 ext 200

[email protected]

Vito Vissicaro

Tables 41-42

Horst John/LN Musical Instruments Accessories

2327 Wineberry Terrace

Baltimore, Maryland 21209


[email protected]

Lucas Nordin

Table 24

Saddle Rider Music

P.O. Box 133

Brooktondale, New York 14817


[email protected]

John Haines-Eitzen 


Century Strings, Inc.

13893 Redwood Ave.

Chino, California 91710


[email protected]

Ling Yan 

Table 7

Howard Core Company

99 Symphony Way

Anniston, Alabama 36205


[email protected]

John Rihani

Tables 1-6

Sherman Shen

115 N. Madison Ave.

Monrovia, California 91016


[email protected]

Sherman Shen 

Tables 12-13

Connolly Music Co. Inc.

8 Vernon Valley Rd.

East Northport, New York 11731


[email protected]

Grace Newman 

Tables 18-19

International Violin Company

1421 Clarkview Road Suite 118

Baltimore, Maryland 21209


[email protected]

Lori Kirr 

Tables 37-40

Southwest Strings

1721 S Cherrybell Stravenue

Tucson, Arizona 85713


[email protected]

Marguerite Salajko 

Tables 33-34

Cornell University

Brooktondale, New York

John Haines-Eitzen

Table 14

KDR Music

108 Stanton Street

Northport, New York 11768


[email protected]

Kevin Reynolds 

Tables 10-11

TekPin USA

1611 Commonwealth Avenue

West Newton, Massachusetts 02465-2800


[email protected]

Emmanuel Simon Feldman

Table 46

Gatchell Violins Co., Inc.

400 Stan Drive

Melbourne, Florida 32094


[email protected]

Stephen Crisafulli or Allen Gatchell  

Tables 20-23

L’Archet Brasil

352 Tall Pines Rd. Ste. G

West Palm Beach, Florida 33413


[email protected]

Jorge Monteiro 

Tables 48-49


Agatova 22

Bratislava 84101

Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

+421 903 464124

[email protected]

Ondrej Sima 

Tables 25-27


8989 Snouffer School Rd Suite A

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879


[email protected]

Allegra Hale 

Tables 28-29

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin

962 Lake Canobolas Road

Canobolas 02800 Australia


[email protected]

Andrew Baker

Table 45

Vermont Violins

5B Green Tree Drive

South Burlington, Vermont 05403-6025


[email protected]

Kathleen Reilly 

Table 47

Glasser Bows

270 Oak Tree Rd, Unit B

Palisades, New York 10964


[email protected]

Andrew Glasser 

Table 44

Metropolitan Music Co

4861 Mountain Rd

Stowe, Vermont 05672


[email protected]

Tables 15-17

Weinstein Violins

120 Crescent Street

Waltham, Massachusetts 02453


[email protected]

Andrew Weinstein

Table 32 

Global Violins LLC

10835 Deandra Dr

Zionsville, Indiana 46077


[email protected]

Jian Wen Tong

Tables 35-36

Otto Musica Corp. (USA)

421 Pike Rd. Unit 7

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 19006


[email protected]

Bill Wong

Tables 30-31


Heritage Insurance Services, Inc.

826 Bustleton Pike, Ste 203

Feasterville, Pennsylvania 19053

1-800-289-8837 x112

[email protected]

Joan Gallo 

Table 50

Pirastro GmbH

321 Dante Ct. Suite # 4

Holbrook, New York 11741


[email protected]

Edward Mingo

Table 43





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If you would like to submit an instrument to the New Instrument Exhibit, and you are not able to attend the Convention, please use the NIE Instruments Only button.


Click here to submit instruments to the 2023 New Instrument Exhibit if you are unable to attend


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This just in! Due to the high level of excitement around this year's Convention, The VSA's room block has sold out and the hotel does not have any more rooms available.

We encourage you to look at these alternative accommodations within a few blocks from The Convention:  

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baltimore Downtown Convention Center Area
100 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 528-1001

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
120 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 685-1095

Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/ Inner Harbor
17 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 962-1220


Contact: [email protected]