The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis proudly welcomes the Violin Society of America (VSA) to Indianapolis for their 2014 Convention and 21st International Competition for makers. The Festival of the Violin will be one of the largest of its kind combining performance rounds of the quadrennial IVCI Competition with lectures, workshops, exhibits and the VSA’s biennial string instrument making competition which will have over 400 instruments and bows.
The VSA Convention and Competition will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis from September 15-21.
Discounts available to VSA activities for IVCI patrons. Call the IVCI office for details: 317.638.IVCI.
More information is available below or at vsa.to.
VSA 2014 Convention & Competition
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indiana
(Please note: rooms and times are subject to change)
|Convention Registration Schedule (September 15 – 20)|
|Monday||3:00 PM – 7:00 PM|
|Tuesday – Friday||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Studio Lounge (Third Level)|
|Mention Special Code "IVCI2014" to purchase a one-time discounted registration ($25) for full day admission to all other events|
|Vendor/Exhibit Hall (September 16 – 20)|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Room: Cosmopolitan Ballroom (Third Level)|
|Closed for Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 PM|
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|Award-Winning Characteristics of Competition Entries||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Moderators: Jerry Pasewicz, VSA Competition Chair and Rodney Mohr, VSA President Emeritus
Join these eminent moderators as they lead a discussion with past VSA Competition Judges on the outstanding characteristics of instrument entries that led to their being award winners. This is a must-attend session for anyone considering entering the VSA Competition in future years as well as for this year’s competitors to thoroughly understand the competition judging process.
|What Do We Mean by “Cremonese Varnish”?||1:30 PM – 2:30 PM|
|Presenter: Joe Robson, Violin Varnish
We often use the phrase “Cremonese varnish”… but what do we mean by that? Based on observations of the most undisturbed original Cremonese varnishes and other well preserved instruments, a set of properties emerge.
|Have Tools, Will Travel! Luthiers Sans Frontiéres (LSF)||2:30 PM – 3:30 PM|
|Presenter: Ute Zahn and Anna Huthmaker
An introduction to the work of Luthiers Sans Frontiéres, a non-profit organization which supports cultural life in third-world countries with donated instruments, tools, repair, and instruction in basic repair techniques.
|What I Learned in the Production Violin Business||2:30 – 3:30 PM|
|Presenter: Todd Matus
An overview of the acoustic properties discerned from producing larger numbers of instruments (that is, from a large sample size) in light of the principles and experiments studied in the VSA Oberlin Acoustics Workshop.
|The Rebirth of the Fernández Blanco Collection of Fine String Instruments||3:30 PM – 4:30 PM|
|Presenter: Pablo Saravi, Concertmaster of Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
Pablo Saravi will introduce this important collection of Old Italian instruments, recently restored by Horacio Pineiro, and now on public display at the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
|Violin Makers’ Forum||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|“The Holy Grail of Purfling – How I Make Pre-Bent Purfling”
Presenter: Charles J. Rufino, violin maker
After many years of experiments, Mr. Rufino has developed an efficient method for making purfling that produces pre-bent strips of the correct size.
Rogue Neck Setting
A novel approach to neck setting that examines the current paradigm and questions whether this is indeed in the acoustical best interest of the instrument and musician or if the method being proposed is advantageous in acoustical results as well as playability and long term health of the instrument.
Wood Ponding, Milo Stamm Method
A step-by-step description of a process to soak maple in distilled water in order to lower its density. This method was developed by Milo Stamm to treat his bridge wood, and the demonstration will show in detail this process for the back and rib wood used in violin making.
|How to Make a Copy of a Specific Violin||11:00 AM – Noon|
|Presenter, Michael Fischer, Violin Maker, Restorer, Dealer
This presentation will outline and describe individual steps of how to make a copy of an old instrument, which is in your possession, and turn it into an instrument which looks similar to the original. These steps include taking measurements, creating templates, and working methods which are more suited to making a copy than the traditional way of how to make an instrument.
Luncheon on Women in the Instrument Business; you must make a reservation to attend this at the VSA Registration Desk.
|The Violin Makers of the Mantua School||1:30 PM – 2:30 PM|
|Presenter: Philip J. Kass and Andrea Zanre
This presentation will reflect the results of our archival researches in Mantua, Italy, which we will coordinate with those assembling an exhibition of classic instruments for viewing by the membership.
|Bow Makers Forum: The Wide Wonderful World of Nacre||1:30 PM – 2:30 PM|
|Presenter: Steve Beckley, Bow maker and founder and co-owner of BowWorks
An introduction to the history and properties of nacre materials, such as abalone and oyster, which are used in bows and musical instruments.
|The Rugeri Family: A Bridge from Amati to Bergonzi||2:30 PM – 3:30 PM|
|Presenter: Carlo Chiesa
The idea of this presentation is to show how the Rugeri Family connects the earliest makers to the last ones in the Cremonese tradition.
|Ivory Import Issue Panel||3:30 PM – 4:30 PM|
|Participants: Yung Chin, Colin Gallahue, Jon Bennet
Join this panel on this very important issue, presented from the maker/dealer perspective.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|Did the “mini Ice Age” prior to 1781 Create
“Special” Old Wood Not Found Today?
|9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Presenters: Steve Sirr and John Waddle
In 2003, a hypothesis was made, linking a European “mini Ice Age” to acoustically unique spruce used by Antonio Stradivari in his golden period. We show that densities of wood used by Stradivari, the Amatis, the Guarneris, and Bergonzi, all makers who could have used wood from the time period referenced in the article vary widely, and is not different from wood obtainable today.
|Guidelines on Following USPAP (Uniform Standards of
Professional Appraisal Practice) Standards & A Review
of Formal Appraisal Structure
|10:00 AM – 11:00 AM|
| Presenter: Gayle Skluzacek, Appraisers Association of America
This talk will focus on the guidelines for appraisers as outlined in the USPAP. These are the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. In 2006, the IRS stated that all appraisals submitted for donations are to be written to specific standards - the only standard named was USPAP.
|A Fundamental Evolution of the Classical Bow: The Angled Frog||11:00 AM – Noon|
|Presenter: Benoit Rolland
Mr. Rolland will describe his new frog design, the Galliane. It gives a slight helicoidal turn to the hair ribbon and makes the bow easier to play, develops more sound and overtones, and can be used with any existing bow.
|CNC in the Violin Maker’s Workshop: Omobono in the 21st Century?||1:30 PM – 2:30 PM|
|Panel to be moderated by Ted White
Presenters: John Kirk, Jim Ham, Mike Kemnitzer, and Steve Rossow
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) can reduce manual labor for the production of personal/customized violin family patterns and model. The panel will discuss affordable digitizing methods and models resulting in a contractual proprietary model that is both reproducible and revisable with your own wood choice.
|Play, Listen, Measure, Intervene: an Integrated Approach to Optimizing Violin Sound||2:30 PM – 3:30 PM|
|Presenters: Claudia Fritz, Joseph Curtin, and Fan-Chia Tao
The recent integration of blind playing & listening tests with in-the-field acoustical measurements has contributed greatly to our understanding of what good violinists want from an instrument. It has also provided violin makers with a powerful approach to optimizing the sound and playability of their instruments.
|Functional Geometry and the “Traité de Lutherie”||3:30 PM – 4:30 PM|
|Presenter: Harry Mairson, Professor of Computer Science at Brandeis University, Boston
Professor Mairson will describe how François Denis’s “Traité de Lutherie” inspired him to create a computer program to replicate Mr. Denis’s drawings. It will be available as public domain software.
Friday, September 19, 2014
|Laurence Witten: The Ideal Collector||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Presenter: Claire Givens, President and Founder of Claire Givens Violins, Inc.
Laurence Witten, a Connecticut rare book dealer, was the most important stringed instrument collector of the late twentieth century. Claire Given, a Trustee of the National Music Museum, will describe his collection which now resides at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota.
|Playing of the Award Winning Instruments by Tone Judges||1:00 PM – 1:45 PM|
|Host: Marilyn Wallin
Location: Indiana History Center
|Live Scholarship Auction at the Indiana History Center||1:45 PM – 4:00 PM|
|David Bonsey, Auctioneer
Our auction will kick off with a special Wine & Cheese reception, followed by our live auction which benefits the VSA Scholarship Fund.
|Playing of the Award Winning Instruments by Tone Judges||4:00 PM – 4:45 PM|
|Host: Marilyn Wallin
Location: Indiana History Center
|Closing Dessert Reception||9:00 PM – 11:30 PM|
|Room: Cosmopolitan Foyer (Third Level)
Sponsored by D’Addario
Saturday, September 20, 2014
|Violin Quality and the Paris Experiment*||10:00 AM – 11:30 AM|
|Presenters: Claudia Fritz, Joseph Curtin, and Fan-Chia Tao. Violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Philip Setzer
This presentation brings together state of the art scientific research and world-class playing. The researchers behind the Indianapolis and Paris blind tests are joined by IVCI jury members and concert artists Cho-Liang Lin and Philip Setzer for an interactive exploration of the sounds of violins, old and new.
|Retail Exhibit*||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|*Free admission to public|