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LSA Quarterly Vol. 57 No. 3 Now Available

Read the second part of "Une délicatesse merveilleuse: Valentin Strobel, Forgotten Master of the Lute: Compositions and Interpretation" from Tobias Tietze in the new LSA Quarterly Vol. 57, No. 3.

Also in this issue, read about "Miss Margaret Board of Lindfield, West Sussex: New Information About her Life, her Family, and her Lute Book" from Sara Salloum:

"The fact Margaret took one or more ad hoc lessons with John Dowland suggests that she frequented the city of London during her youth, before her marriage to Henry Bourne in 1625." Sara Saloum

JLSA 54 (2021)

Journal 54 is now available with articles including:
New Information on the Vihuelist Diego Pisador - Javier Cruz Rodríguez
Guitar Heroes - Cory M. Gavito
Jacques and Laurent Lucas de Saint-Luc - Manuel Couvreur
Review: Music and Instruments of the Elizabethan Age - Gary Boye

Pat O’Brien Instruction Videos

Pat O'Brien instruction videos are now available on the LSA’s YouTube channel. These videos were recorded by Pat in the early 1990’s as part of his rehab work for players afflicted by musicians’ injuries and repetitive stress disorders.

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LSA News

Basel Lute Days: September 14th–18th, 2022

Basel Lute Days: September 14th–18th, 2022

The German Lute Society , in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, will sponsor Basel Lute Days, bringing together performers, researchers, teachers and students. This event combines The International Musicological Study Group on Tablature in Western Music, the 2nd International Conference on Lute Study in Higher Education and the German Lute Society’s International Lute Festival.

Joint Publication from the LSA and the German Lute Society

Joint Publication from the LSA and the German Lute Society

Following the conference Teaching the Lute in Higher Education held in Bremen on 27-29 September 2019, the LSA entered into a collaborative project with the German Lute Society to publish a volume of the papers from the conference. The result is a book just published:...

Lute Fest 2022

Lute Fest 2022

June 26 – July 2, 2022

Case Western Reserve University • Cleveland, Ohio

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Masterclass with Hopkinson Smith

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Masterclass with Hopkinson Smith

On November 27th & 28th, 2021, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is hosting a Masterclass in Interpretation and Technique with Hopkinson Smith. The two-day masterclass is aimed at a wide range of musicians and music students in Switzerland and abroad and is...

2021 Lute Fest

Hello lutenists, pluckers, and enthusiasts! As you might have already heard we are indeed having Lute Fest this year! We are running this year’s festival on an entirely different format; it will be a completely virtual event and the first such event in the LSA’s...

Welcome to the New LSA Website!

Welcome Visitors! It has been a long time coming, and now patience and effort are rewarded with the launch of this, our NEW WEBSITE! We hope you will find, easily, what you are looking for, and that the value of it will make you want to support the LSA with a...

New “Lutes for Sale” List!

This is the new place to list lutes, theorbos, baroque guitars, citterns, archlutes, medieval lutes, etc., for sale. Anyone can add instruments to this list if they are selling a lute or other lute-family instrument. This is NOT the place to list classical guitars or...

Grant Tomlinson Historical Lute Research Available Right Here!

World class Canadian luthier Grant Tomlinson has collected his lifetime of research materials, photos and data sheets, and has offered them to the LSA via our website. Containing detailed information on over 70 historical lutes in European museums and private...

Letter from the President – Racism and the LSA

Dear Members and Friends, I wish to let you know where the LSA stands in light of the events of recent months that have stirred up an unprecedented and necessary national conversation about systemic racial injustice and the acceleration of the profoundly inhumane...