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Lute Fest - Lesson Week 2020!

We are all very saddened with the reality that we cannot attend the Lute Fest this year. This is just a temporary pause so we can all get through this pandemic and we will all see each other next summer.

In the meantime, some of the faculty we had lined up for this year have all very generously offered their time during the scheduled LSA 2020 Festival (June 21st-27th) to offer one-on-one online lessons at a very reasonable rate. This is well below what they would normally offer and we are very grateful for them to be able to do this.

Lessons will be scheduled online via Zoom and will be on a first come, first served basis. Some faculty are overseas and others have commitments during the week so there are more limitations to their availability than for others. The exact schedule will be arranged the week before the start of "Lute Fest - Lesson Week 2020!"

Register early to assure that you get your first choice.

Best wishes you all, and looking forward to seeing you next June! 

Jason Priset, Lute Fest Director

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Lute Society of America Information...

Member events and concerts. Contact the webmaster with your event info for posting. Also, other items of interest to members of 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 beginner and intermediate lutenists 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 CDs   

We are happy to link our member's recordings to the LSA website for sale!
To include your CD it must be available through an ONLINE vendor only, such as your recording label, CD Baby, iTunes, etc.  Thanks!

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 the new LSA Digital Facsimiles page and Sarge Gerbode's massive lute tablature site and links to digital facsimiles available online.

Lute Building and Maintenance...

     Lute Videos     

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.

 The Lute For Guitarists...

Lute for Guitarists

Plucked-stringed instruments have a long and rich history. Here you will find helpful information supporting the performance of early plucked-string repertoire on the modern guitar.

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