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 […]

Grain Alcohol Ban a Sobering Turn for Maryland Luthiers

Maryland’s recent ban on grain alcohol sales has had an unintended side effect on the strings trade. Washington Post reporter Jessica Contrera wrote that the Old Line State joined at least a dozen other states in banning sales of Everclear and other 190-proof alcohols in an effort to reduce drinking-related deaths and sexual assaults on college […]

Luthier to Obama: Don’t Penalize Musicians Over Ivory

Jay Ifshin, of Ifshin Violins near Berkeley, California, sent a letter May 15 to President Barack Obama voicing his displeasure with new federal regulations restricting the international ivory trade. Here’s how the letter went: Dear President Obama, As a violin maker, small business owner and musician, I felt compelled to write you concerning legislation by executive order that […]

Big PR Move for Violinist St. John

Violinist Lara St. John is putting a new emphasis on her media PR—so much so that the 43-year-old virtuoso is launching her own public relations firm. Saying she’s become “disillusioned” with public-relations companies over the years, St. John announced this week the launch of her own agency, Lara PRa, which the Juno Award-winning musician will […]

Mondomusica comes to New York

Each Fall, the bowed instrument community gathers at Mondomusica in Cremona, Italy, where a rich program of events and exhibits organized by CremonaFiere provides a fertile ground for commerce, innovation, and inspiration. So when CremonaFiere decided in 2012 to expand into North America with a comparable event, they sought a media and marketing partner with […]