The Violin Society of America’s 45th annual convention took place in Arlington, Virginia, on 9-11 November.

Photographs by luthier Christopher Jacoby, editor of the VSA members’ magazine The Scroll


1. John Montgomery showing off the 1699 ‘Castelbarco’ Stradivari cello in the Library of Congress, during the Lottery Preconvention sessions for members

2. Philip Kass with violin by Nicolò Amati (right) and a JB Vuillaume Amati copy

3. Library of Congress musical instrument curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford with the ‘Ward’ Stradivari

4. Exhibition of historical American making

5. Luthier Gary Vessel building a violin in the new instrument exhibition

6. Joe Thrift and the Cleated Effholes close out the Scholarship Raffle Open Mic Night.

7. Past President Rodney Mohr shows off his new 65 mm archetier plane

8. The ‘Castelbarco’ Stradivari violin (left) and the ‘Kreisler’ Guarneri