International Viola Society News | Dr Michael Vidulich

A little over fifteen years ago the International Viola Society (IVS) was formed to succeed the previous IVG (Internationale Viola-Gesellschaft). The IVS originally only had four sections – AUSTRALIA/NZ (ANZVS), CANADA (CVS), GERMANY (GVS) & the USA (AVS).  Today we have grown to 18 IVS sections (Pacific (1): Australia/NZ; North America (2): Canada, USA; South America (1): Brazil; Asia (2): China, Thailand; Europe (10): UK, Iceland, Finland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland; Africa (2): Nigeria, South Africa).  Presently discussions are being held with violists in Italy, Chile, Mexico and Hong Kong to form viola societies in these countries.  Note: Any contacts you may have for these and other countries would be appreciated (esp. for Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Belgium, Ireland, central &/or east European countries).

Since the IVS was formed, International Viola Congresses have been held every year and the IVS has been able to assist & work with other IVS section viola societies with IVS aid projects’ – violas, viola supplies, music, etc. for violists in other countries (e.g. Nigeria, South Africa, Iraq & Chile).

The IVS web-site:   explains who we are and what we do and keeps violists informed of ‘viola news’ worldwide.  Our ‘buttons’ help us keep going and offer a service for many violists.  Note: The IVS welcomes new advertisers for our web-site.  Other IVS initiatives include work on improving relations with our sections, reviewing our present IVS By-Laws, presenting IVS Awards to violists for their contributions to the viola, working on improving our IVS Congress Emergency & Start-up Funds policy and looking at starting an IVS Viola Composition Competition. The IVS fully supports all viola composition competitions worldwide.

This year the IVS will be holding IVS elections for the next term of office (a three year term – 2014-2016), which will be held later this year.  Our IVS By-Laws have officer residency requirements, stating that three regions must be represented on our Presidency (of 7 officers). The regions are: 1.) Africa, 2.) Asia, 3.) Australia/NZ, 4.) Europe, 5.) North America & 6.) South America.  All IVS Presidencies since 2002 have had officers from three regions – Australia/NZ, Europe & North America.  The present Presidency includes:  one from New Zealand (me), 4 Europeans – on each from United Kingdom, Finland, Spain & Germany & 2 from the United States.  It is important that our smaller IVS regions (Africa, Asia, Australia/NZ & South America) consider being represented on the IVS Presidency for the next term of office.  The IVS hopes that at least two qualified people are nominated for each elected IVS position.  Please consider nominations for the IVS Presidency for the next term of office, thank you.

IVS Officer requirements:

-PRESIDENT – Have to have been an IVS Officer &/or Section President &/or Section Vice President.

-VICE PRESIDENT – Have to have been an IVS Officer &/or Section Officer &/or Section Board/Committee Member &/or have been an IVS Congress Host.

(NOTE: The Vice President will need to reside in a different region from the President.)

-SECRETARY – Same as for VICE PRESIDENT (except: can reside in any region).

-TREASURER – Same as for VICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY &/or have a proven record of financial management skills (can reside in any region).

-PAST PRESIDENT (non-elected).

-2 EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES (appointed by the President with recommendations from Section members) – No ‘specific’ requirements.

This year’s International Viola Congress will be held in Kraków, POLAND – 11 to 15 September and looks like it will be an ‘excellent’ Congress indeed.  Note: Please check our IVS web-site & for details, registration, etc.     I hope to see many of you there!

Report of British Viola Society activities 2012-2013 | Dr Louise Lansdown

The British Viola Society is about to celebrate its first birthday and we are thrilled to be able to report many changes, developments and much to look forward to.

The British Viola Society Team is now looking very healthy and we are inspired and geared up to take the society into the next stage of its history.

Please do enjoy our newly revamped and constantly changing website…

Warm wishes and congratulations to John White, our Honorary President on his 75th Birthday! Our new Treasurer, Michael Freyhan has included an article reviewing some of John’s latest publications in the 2013 Journal, so do make sure you look this up.

A big welcome and thank you to our new Secretary Sue Douglas, who has been simply wonderful over the past few months helping with membership, journal, website and absolutely everything.

A full list of BVS Team is below – do look up a little more about each member on our website.

John White – Honorary President

Ian Jewel – Patron

Louise Lansdown – President

Martin Outram – Vice-President

Sue Douglas – Secretary

Michael Freyhan – Treasurer

Janet Pazio (Executive Secretary – Membership)

Ben Lawrence (Executive Secretary – Facebook)

Laura Sinnerton (Executive Secretary – Twitter)

With all the new colleagues of the BVS Team we are working hard to enhance our membership perks, discounts, gifts and involvement. Much more news to follow!

Thanks to Ben Lawrence  (Executive Secretary – Facebook) we now have around 250 members on the BVS Facebook Group and this is steadily growing.

The BVS launch at the Royal Northern College of Music on 14 October 2012 was a lovely gathering, as was the Viola Day at Birmingham Conservatoire on 27 January 2013. It is thanks to the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition held on the Isle of Man in March 2013 that both Sue and Ben are now involved with the society. Tertis’s legacy certainly still lives on.

One of the next BVS events will also be held at Birmingham Conservatoire,

Maxim Rysanov will be giving a Public Master Class on Wednesday 30 October from 13.30-15.30 in the Recital Hall. Entrance is free of charge, and do notify Sue Douglas (Secretary) if you would like to attend  (email:

The BVS Team hopes that you enjoy our diverse and action-packed viola journal! Many thanks to my student Laura Feeney who has helped with proof-reading and formatting for the journal and also Maria Parfitt who has been helping Sue and Janet to build a database of amateur violists across the UK!

Dr Louise Lansdown

BVS President