The Violin Makers Association of Arizona International (VMAAI) is a non-profit, educational
organization founded, in 1958, to encourage and develop the art of violin making.
The oldest violin making association in the United States, VMAAI now boasts members
from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Violin makers, both accomplished and
novice, and others interested in the art, are encouraged to join and participate
in the various activities of the group. The group is governed by a Board elected
by the members at the annual Convention and Competition.
The VMAAI Annual Convention
The VMAAI holds an annual Convention and Competition in Tucson, Arizona during October
of each year. Daily presentations cover various topics with an emphasis on providing
information useful to violin makers of skill levels ranging from beginner to accomplished.
Competition tone judging is done by professional string players. Workmanship judging
is done by a professional violin maker with extensive experience both violin making
and judging international competitions.
Some highlights on the 2012 CONVENTION page include the award winners, photographs
of participants and, links to videos of the convention.
The VMAAI Journal is a bimonthly publication dedicated to keeping members informed
about Association activities and providing informative, how-to-do-it articles on
various aspects of violin making. Members are encouraged to submit material concerning
unusual techniques that might be helpful to others as well as articles on the history
of violin making and violin makers.