Ovation Brand Sold to Drum Workshop Inc.

On January 6, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced that KMC Music, its wholly owned subsidiary, has sold the Ovation acoustic guitar brand to Drum Workshop, Inc. Considering Fender’s recent history of brand divestment, the move isn’t entirely unexpected. However, the fact that Ovation was acquired by DW—a major manufacturer of percussion instruments and accessories—raised …

Anne Akiko Meyers Named 2014 Billboard Top-Selling Classical Instrumentalist

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers finished 2014 as the top-selling classical instrumentalist on Billboard. The strong success of Meyers’ 2014 releases, The Four Seasons and The American Masters, as well as her 2013 AIR: The Bach Album contributed to this achievement. In April 2014, Meyers spoke to Strings magazine about what it’s like to own the …

John Reed Announces Innovative Music Notation App

John Reed, cellist with the Hampton String Quartet and co-founder of Mona Lisa Sound publishing, recently unveiled the MusicJOT, an iPad app that permits the user to notate music just like they would if they were using a pencil and paper. Reed introduced MusicJOT last week at the MyScript Future Write: Digital Writing Conference in San Francisco. The …

VSA 2014: Attendance Spurred by Overlap with Competition

By any measure, 2014 was a big year for the Violin Society of America’s annual convention, held in September at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. For the first time, the group moved the date of the biennial competition and convention up nearly two months to coincide with the quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, a large …