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

Hugo Kauder Viola Competition

The annual Hugo Kauder Competition focuses on a different instrument each year, and the 2015 competition is devoted to the viola.

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Matching Gift Opportunity - Help Us Reach Our Goal!

The American Viola Society has received a matching gift offer to help us meet our year-end fundraising goal of $5,000.

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AVS Orchestral Excerpts Competition: High School and College Division

The AVS is pleased to announce its first biennial Orchestral Excerpts Competition for violists aged 14 to 23.

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Upcoming Viola Events

Jan
09
2015
2015 Ohio Viola Winter Intensive

Are you a violist looking for an advantage in an upcoming audition? Are you a violist who desires to spend an intensive weekend developing your skills? The Viola Winter Intensive returns for our fourth season, offering sessions at two locations.

 

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Jan
09
2015
UNCSA Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop Jan 9-11, 2015

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts invites violists, including teachers, professionals, and advanced students, to a workshop-style conference to explore Karen Tuttle's (1920-2010) teaching principles, especially her physical and emotional approach to the instrument: coordination.

 

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Jan
23
2015
World Premier Jazz Viola Concerto by Mike Garson

The New West Symphony’s multitalented principal viola Lauren Chipman makes her Symphony solo debut with a New West Symphony commissioned work by Mike Garson that showcases her prowess as a classical and cross-over performer.

 

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Jan
23
2015
2015 South Carolina Viola Winter Intensive

Are you a violist looking for an advantage in an upcoming audition? Are you a violist who desires to spend an intensive weekend developing your skills? The Viola Winter Intensive returns for our fourth season, offering sessions at two locations.

 

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Jan
25
2015
If Music Be the Food… Concert

 

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