UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute General Information


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. You must be 18 years or older to attend.  

Institute Location 

All workshops take place at Putnam Hall on the University campus. UNH is located on 156 wooded acres in Durham, New Hampshire and is a 90-minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts; 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean; and 40 miles from the foothills of the White Mountains National Forest. The historic seacoast town of Portsmouth is 10 miles east of Durham. 

Transportation to the Institute  

Limousine and bus services are available from either Boston’s Logan International Airport or from Manchester (NH) Airport. The AMTRAK train runs service from Boston, MA to UNH in Durham, NH. 

How to Register 

Online: The UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute registration system prompts you to create your own student login and password. 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. If you have attended workshops in the past, register using the same user name and password.  

Visit the web site: https://training.unh.edu/violin 

Click the workshop or workshops you're interested in attending, and open the unique webpage for each workshop. Click the "Enroll Now" button in the right-hand column to add the workshop to your cart. Add one or more workshops to your cart. Check out and pay using a credit card. 

By Phone: Call (603) 862-7380. If possible, please have visited our website and have a list of the workshop titles and dates you would like to register for in advance of your call.

Tuition, Discounts & Related Costs 

Tuition is $1099 per week for full-week, in-person workshops.

Students have the option of adding a UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute apron to their cart for the price of $20. Aprons will also be available to purchase at the institute; cash, check and credit card accepted.

Policies and Important Information 

Full Payment or a Deposit 

To reserve your space in a workshop, you must make either 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 and meals are not included in the tuition. It is the participant’s responsibility to arrange housing and meals. A majority of participants stay on-campus. On-campus air-conditioned housing is available for an extra charge at a reasonable rate. Participants who choose to stay on campus must register with the University Conference Office. Call (603) 862-0863 or (603) 862-1900 for housing reservations. You will find information and a reservation form on our web site under “Housing Forms." Download the housing forms and follow the procedures and deadlines outlined, or follow the link to register online.

PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST register for housing at least 30 days prior to check-in (the Sunday before your workshop) in order to avoid a late fee.

Go to https://training.unh.edu/violin-craftsmanship-institute-housing-forms-an...for the latest housing information. 

Final Payment Deadlines 

Registration and full payment is due on July 1 of the year of your workshop. f you do not make the full payment by the due date: 1) You will be charged an administrative late fee of $50 and 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. 


U.S. Currency: 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. 

Refund Policy 

The UNH Violin Craftmanship Institute will issue refunds minus the $100 non-refundable deposit fee if written cancellation from a student is received at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of the first day of the Violin Craftmaship Institute.  (For 2022, the last date to file for a refund is June 11, 2022).   No refunds will be given after this deadline. Refund requests due to emergencies or illness are handled on a case-by-case basis; please contact Professional Development & Training at (603) 862-7380 or professional.development@unh.edu. Payment in full (or a purchase order on file) are required prior to the program start date; failure to pay may limit your ability to register for future PD&T programming.

NOTE: Please check with the University Conference Office at (603) 862-1900 for their housing refund policies. 

Responsibility Clause 

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. 

For More Information 

UNH Professional Development & Training 

Email: luthiers@unh.edu 

Call: (603) 862-1739 

Write: Violin Institute, UNH Professional Development and Training, 34 Sage Way, Cole Hall 146, Durham, New Hampshire 03824 

Campus Housing & Meals 

Email: conferences@unh.edu 

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.