Views of the 2016 Cleveland Lute Festival. It was quite a hit!

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Latest LSA News

The LSA has a New President!!

JULY, 2016

We're happy to announce that the LSA has a new President. Lutenist Chris Wilke has taken the reigns of our organization. Past President Phil Rukavina's term as President ended during the 2016 Cleveland Lute Festival. Chris is a wonderful Baroque lutenist who received his doctorate in lute performance from the Eastman School of Music. Learn more about Chris at

   Meet Our Two New LSA Directors!!

OCTOBER 20, 2016

With the recent election now completed, the two open positions on the LSA Board of Directors are now filled. Our new Board Members are Larry Brown who was reelected to a new term and Michael Grant. Larry has done lots of great work on the Board and has been THE driving force behind the LSA's social media presence on the web via FaceBook. In addition to his new position on the Board, Michael continues as the Director of the Lute Rental Program. The LRP is a project Michael has grown into a major LSA success story (click on the LRP button below for details)!

A Successful Cleveland Lute Fest 2016!!

JULY, 2016

Thanks to all for an exciting week of concerts, classes, and friendship at the 2016 edition of the biennial LSA Cleveland Lute Festival. Special thanks to our artists including lutenist Jakob Lindberg, soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano Ellen Hargis, Robert Barto, Paul O'Dette, Nigel North, Christopher Morrongiello, Grant Herreid, Andy Rutherford, Ronn McFarlane, Charlie Weaver and Xavier Díaz-Latorre. A huge thanks to Lute Festival Director Jason Priset.  Check back here for links to photos and videos of the event.

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Lute Society of America Information...

Events sponsored by the Lute Society of America, Notices of LSA Board elections, seminars, lutefests, publications, and other important events and LSA business.

Member access to digital versions of the LSA Quarterly newsletter, LSA Journal, and other society publications. Now including some lute-related dissertations. Please consider adding yours!

Member access to the LSA Lute Rental application forms and information on rental lute availability. Click here to donate a lute!

   Member Directory  

A search tool for  a listing of LSA members. Available to current LSA members only.

 Historical LSA Files

Information on past LSA Lute Fests, workshops, and other events. Covering the LSA over the 50 years of its existence.

        Our Donors       

A listing of donors to the Lute Society of America. Thank you donors!

Lute Pedagogy and Lute Resources...

      For Beginners     

Information to help beginners to learn historical techniques to play lute, theorbo, and other members of the lute family.

        Lute Links         

A resource for online lute music and other lute-related publications and websites.


Downloads of blank lute tablature paper, instructional materials, fret placement spreadsheet, retro-publications.

Member Events, Music Sources, and Other Items of Interest...

     Member Events    

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  Soon, members will be able to list upcoming concerts and lute oriented events around the country. Please let us know when, where, and with whom you will be performing!

Other Lute Societies

Links to other organizations with a focus on the lute and other early plucked string instruments.

      Lutes For Sale     

Link to Wayne Cripp's Lutes for Sale pages. and other lutes for sale pages. Listings of generally higher quality used lutes available for purchase. As always, buyer beware.

      Hire a Lutenist     

Looking for a lutenist to perform at your wedding or play continuo with your ensemble? Or need to find a lute builder in your area? Find a professional LSA lutenist in your area using this simple search tool.


International Music Score Library Project, an online resource for vocal and instrumental music, including lute music and other ensemble music.

       Lute Tab Sites    

Lute tablature links including Sarge Gerbode's massive lute tablature site and links to digital facsimiles available online.

Lute Building and Maintenance...

  Lute Maintenance 

Videos and other media to help with basic care for your lute, peg maintenance, fret tying, etc. 

        Luthier Info        

Historical, practical, and photographic information by and for professional luthiers.


Articles concerning lute building from the Journal of the Lute Society of America.
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