The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

Vision and Core Values

The American Viola Society intends to be the premier source for all viola-related activities while building a community of enthusiasts and providing resources for the global viola community.  The following core values are central to our mission and are demonstrated in a variety of ways:

Fostering Bonds among Violists

Providing Opportunities for Individual Growth and Recognition

Professional Development

Supporting Professional and Artistic Performance and Expression


 Encouraging Teaching and Learning

 Promoting Research and Sharing of Resources