The UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute carries on the tradition of violin craftsmen, or luthiers, dating back to the 16th century European craft guilds. It began at the University of New Hampshire in 1974 when Karl Roy led a two week workshop on string instrument repair at the university. Karl Roy, our founding instructor, was director at the Bavarian School of Violin making in Mittenwald, Germany. Bow making and repair workshops grounded in French tradition began with the introduction of instructor, William Salchow, one of America’s most highly regarded bow makers. Current, internationally renowned instructors at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute are respected masters of their craft. Since 1974, the program has expanded to include: violin building, maintenance & repair, as well as bow making, bow repair, frog & button making, bow finishing and bow rehairing workshops. UNH’s Institute is one of the oldest programs in the United States that offers short intensive programs of study with master craftsmen.
Who May Attend
Beginning to advanced bow makers, professional stringed instrument musicians, music educators, violin makers, and instrument repair persons at all levels of experience, as well as those simply interested in the art of violin and bow making are welcome to attend. Since the program’s inception, students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Asia and Europe have joined us. You must be 18 years or older to attend.
How to Register
Online: Pull down the “enroll now” menu for each section by clicking on the + sign. Add one or more workshops to your cart. Check out and pay using a credit card.
By Phone: Call (603) 862-7380 Download the brochure in advance of your call.
By Mail: Download the brochure, complete the registration form and mail, along with full payment or a $100 deposit for each week you plan to attend, to UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute, Room G50, 11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824.
By Fax: Fax the registration form and credit card info to (603) 862-7381.
The 2017 UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute is hosted on a new registrations system. You will be prompted to create your own student login and password. The new system allows you to view financial transactions and print your letters of completions. It is important to save your user name and password so that you may register for future events and view a historical record of your participation from this year forward.
Tuition, Discounts & Related Costs
Tuition is $925 per week with a 9% discounts applied for multiple weeks. To qualify for multiple week discounts, register and check out for multiple weeks in one registration session.
Use code VI-Multi at check out.
Policies and Important Information
Full Payment or a Deposit
To reserve your space in a workshop, you must either make full payment or a $100 deposit per week of instruction at the time of registration. The deposit is non-re- fundable (see “Refund Policy”). Space is limited in each workshop, so REGISTER EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE!
Housing and Meals are Separate from Tuition
Housing & Meals are not included in cost of tuition. Housing and meals are arranged at your own discretion, and you have the option of reserving on-campus housing including breakfast at a reasonable rate. Participants who choose to stay on campus must register with the University Conference Office. See contact information for campus housing and meals under “Travel and Site Information.”
Final Payment Deadlines
Registration and full payment deadline is May 1, 2017, for all workshops. If you do not make the full payment by the due date:
1) You will be charged an administrative late fee of $50.
2) If others are on the waiting list, you may lose your place in the program and forfeit your deposit.
This policy has been adopted in fairness to students on waiting lists. All participants must be registered and paid in full before attending the first day of class. Walk-ins are NOT ACCEPTED.
All deposits, tuition, registration fee, and payments to housing, if any, are payable only in U.S. currency, by credit card or by checks in U.S. funds.
The $100 per week tuition deposit is non-refundable. Tuition refunds, less the $100 per week deposit, will be given if written cancellation is received by May 1, 2017. No tuition refunds will be made after May 1.
NOTE: Please check with the University Conference Office at (603) 862-1900 for their housing refund policies.
The Violin Craftsmanship Institute is located in the State of New Hampshire and is subject to New Hampshire law. The terms and conditions of the Institute shall be enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and all Agreements relating to the Institute are deemed to have been made in the State of New Hampshire. In the event of litigation regarding the terms and conditions of the Institute, the parties expressly submit to the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in New Hampshire. All attendees must adhere to UNH rules, Institute rules, and University Conference Office policies. A signed participant waiver is required for attendance. Click on this link for a copy of the waiver.
For More Information
UNH Professional Development & Training
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: (603) 862-1739
- Write: Violin Institute, UNH Professional Development and Training, Room G50, 11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Campus Housing & Meals
- Email: email@example.com
- Call (603) 862-0863 or (603) 862-1900
- Write to: University Conference Office, Stillings Hall, 20 Ballard Street, Durham, NH 03824
Please note: Audio and/or video recordings of Institute classes are not permitted.