The VSA/Oberlin Violin Maker’s Workshop is a two-week, intensive, graduate level program designed for professional violin makers. Participants should be graduates of a 4 year violin making program or the equivalent and be active in the profession. The workshop philosophy is: Everyone Teaches, Everyone Learns. Each participant is encouraged to share ideas, techniques and research with the rest of the group, thus raising the knowledge level within our craft. Part of each day is spent with group activities, consisting of lectures, demonstrations and discussions. Participants spend the rest of their time engaged in their own work. Each year a specific theme or focus is emphasized, and expert faculty members are present to facilitate.
The Violin Society of America (VSA) began sponsoring workshops in conjunction with Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio in 1986. The workshops, held each summer, presented an important opportunity for violin and bow makers to learn repair and restoration methods, as well as construction subtleties associated with fine stringed instruments and bows.
The original Violin Restoration Workshop was created by the noted restorer Vahakn Nigogosian. Today’s Violin Maker’s Workshop grew into what it is today as a direct result of Mr. Nigogosian’s ideals.
There are now six VSA sponsored programs held each summer, offering in-depth instruction by a distinguished faculty supplemented by renowned luthiers and bow makers. The current programs are: Violin Making (advanced level); Bow Making (advanced level); Bow Restoration and Repair; Instrument Restoration and Repair; Acoustics; Bass Setup, Repair and Acoustics.