January 28, 2018
Joseph Curtin Presents Two Seminars:
1) Application of Acoustics Research for Violin makers 2:00-3:30 PM
2) Learning to Hear the Violin: A Presentation for Musicians and Luthiers
The format of the meeting is unusual, as it will be held at 2 different venues.
The early presentation will be from 2:00-3:30 and will be held at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library at 343 S 5th Street. This will be an opportunity for violinmakers to ask questions about how to apply acoustic research to the making of violins and set-up / adjustment. If you would like you can submit your questions to Peter Lynch (PeterLynchViolins@gmail.com) prior to the meeting the meeting and he will forward them to Joseph to allow him time to make slides if needed.
The second presentation titled "Learning to Hear the Violin" is geared to both musicians and violinmakers and is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music. This will take place from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM* (* this is a time change, originally scheduled for 4:30) and be held on U of M North Campus music school at 1100 Baits Drive in the Watkins Lecture Hall.
October 29. 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Bloomfield Public Library
David Brownell will present first on making handmade planes for violinmaking. Although many planes are available commercially there are times that making your own plane to fit your specific need or the way you work has many advantages.
The second presentation that will begin at 3:00 will be on focusing on varnish retouch and will feature Matt Noykos and Aubrey Alexander from Grand Rapids Violins.
Matt is known to the group from his excellent presentation last year on preparing fingerboards and set up. He was a foreman in Jerry Pasewicz’s shop Triangle Strings in North Carolina before moving back to Michigan. Aubrey was an instructor at the Violin Making School of American in Salt Lake City before recently joining Grand Rapids Violins.
Sunday July 30, 2017
MVA July Meeting - Jonathon Price and Rebecca Hunter, Presenters
July 30.10-4:00.Terry Avery's Shop 123
N. Belle River ave, Marine City, MI 48039
The July meeting will feature Jonathon Price discussion and demonstration on fitting a violin bassbar and Rebecca Hunter will present on using Alexander Technique / Body Mapping to reduce injuries and working more efficiently at the bench. Jonathan worked at Psariano's Violins and recently ventured out to focus on new making. Rebecca Hunter is a violin soloist and educator who has a specialty as an Andover Educator, applying Body Mapping / alexander techniques to help musicians avoid injury and play more efficiently. She will be applying this knowledge in her presentation to helping makers at the bench.
The early part of the meeting will focus on board elections. Coffee and donuts will be available
Sunday January 29, 2017
VSA Gold Medals winner Feng Jiang will present at our January meeting on the topic of varnishing.
April MVA Meeting: Michael Darnton- Reading the Lines of Violins
Sunday April, 29, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch
3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Michael Darnton (Darnton & Hersch Fine Violins, Chicago) will be presenting lecture/ discussion "Reading the Lines of Violins: Developing a method for observing and understating the lines (f-holes, corners, scroll, etc) of a violin". Michael's 40-year background as a maker, restorer and professional photographer brings a unique perspective to this topic. I have learned from Michael attending 6 years of workshops and can say with certainty this is a presentation that you should not miss.
Following Michael's 12:30 - 2:30 presentation, there will be a business meeting and Ed McCoppin (MCCoppin Violins, Monroe MI) will present on a restoration topic to be determined.
This is a new venue for an MVA meeting, and there is additional parking on the street if the library lot is full. If you are not a member and have already attended a previous meeting (complementary guest), we ask that you join prior to, or at the upcoming meeting. You can join online HERE
Articles by Davide Sora and David Finck will be included in the July newsletter. Davide Sora is one of the top modern Cremonese makers and he has written an article focusing on his approach to arching. David Finck was already an internationally respected furniture maker who studied under James Krenov before becoming a violinmaker. His article will focus on how his training with Krenov influences his approach to making violin.