Since 1971, the AVS has been dedicated to fostering communication among viola enthusiasts and promoting excellence in every facet of our instrument. Our membership includes leading soloists, orchestral players, chamber musicians, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, luthiers, composers and students of all ages. Here you will find a wealth of resources, including information about our many programs, educational materials, and news from the viola community.   We invite you to browse the site in search of inspiration, and if you are not yet a member, please consider joining us today.

Latest News

Winners of the Orchestral Excerpts Competition

The American Viola Society is pleased to announce the winners of the Orchestral Excerpts Competition for violists aged 14 to 23.

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Sphinx Competition Viola Winners

Congratulations to AVS member Michael Casimir on his second-place win in the Senior Division of the 2015 Sphinx Competition and to Mira Williams on her second-place win in the Junior Division.

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Upcoming Viola Events

Mar
07
2015
Roberto Diaz Premieres New Higdon Viola Concerto

Concerts from the Library of Congress - Sensational violist Roberto Díaz premieres a new concerto by Jennifer Higdon, commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Curtis Institute.

 

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Mar
12
2015
Premeiere of Rex Isenberg's Doublet for Two Violas, commissioned by the AVS

Join Jessica Meyer on March 12, 2015, for a 7:00 pm concert at Spectrum NYC that combines the solo virtuosity of counter)induction players with seminal works from the history of electronic music.

 

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Mar
29
2015
William Johnston Performs Gresham’s Three Essays for Viola and Double String Orchestra

The San Jose Chamber Orchestra with violist William Johnston will perform Mark Gresham’s Three Essays for Viola and Double String Orchestra on a program led by guest conductor Oliver Weder.

 

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Apr
11
2015
Annual OVS Competition

Cash prizes awarded in three categories: grade school to age 13, middle school and high school to age 17, college undergrad to age 23.

 

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May
08
2015
If Music Be the Food… Concert

Featuring special guest artist, Kim Kashkashian, viola, with selections TBA.

 

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