UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute General Information

*Please note: The 2021 UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute will take place online via Zoom.

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. 

*The 2021 UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute will take place online via Zoom.


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 

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, 34 Sage Way, Cole Hall Room 146, Durham, NH 03824. 

By Fax: Fax the registration form and credit card info to (603) 862-7381. 


Tuition, Discounts & Related Costs 

Tuition is $999 per week. Students who register before 2/14/2021 pay the discounted "early-bird" price of $899 per week.

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.

*Housing and meal information do not apply to the 2021 online VCI.


Final Payment Deadlines 

Registration and full payment deadline is July 1, 2021, 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 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 $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 July 1, 2021 No tuition refunds will be made after July 1. 

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.