International Viola Congresses

One of the major purposes of the IVS is to promote ever-increasing standards of excellence in viola performance through the annual congresses and associated competitions.

Annual Congresses have been held since 1973 (with one exception). From 1973 to 2000, the Congresses generally alternated between Europe and North America. In 2001, the first Congress was held in the Southern Hemisphere (in New Zealand) and since then Congresses have been held in Africa, Australia, Europe and North America.

The International Viola Society (IVS) aspires to award congresses at least three years in advance. Considerations are given to bids at the IVS meetings at the annual congresses which are usually held in the April-August period. Plan on putting in a bid for an International Viola Congress (IVC) that will happen at least three years after the Congress where your bid is being presented. Bear in mind that there has been a pattern of Congresses being in North America in even-numbered years and elsewhere in odd-numbered years. Expect your bid to be considered for any of the Congresses up to six years ahead. A strong bid should have as much information as possible.

Please note: Bids can only be placed by IVS sections and not by individuals wishing to host a Congress. IVS sections (not the IVS) decide on the IVC host and venue. The IVS considers all bids from IVS sections and awards an IVC to an IVS section.

Click here to view the Photo Gallery from past Congresses.

Click here for a Congress Bid guidelines and application form.

Click here for Congress Guidelines and Requirements for Congress Hosts.

The next congress will be:

2016: October 4-8, Associazione Italiana della Viola, Cremona. Congress information is online at the Italian VS's Website:

We look forward to seeing you all in Cremona!

Congresses have been held in the following locations:


Congress Location Date Host(s)
XLII Porto, Portugal 26-30 November 2014 Jorge Alves
XLI Music Academy, Krakow, Poland 11-15 September 2013 Prof Boguslawa Hubisz-Sielska

XL Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA 30 May-3 June 2012 Carol Rodland, Phillip Ying, George Taylor
XXXIX Wùrzburg, Germany 12-15 October 2011 Emile Cantor, Ronald Schmidt, Karin Wolf
XXXVIII Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 16-20 June 2010 Catharine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki
XXXVII University of Stellenbosch,
Cape Province, South Africa
27 July-1 Aug.
Hester Wohlitz
XXXVI Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA
4-8 June
Nancy Buck

XXXV Adelaide, South Australia 28 June-3 July
Keith Crellin
XXXIV Univ. de Montréal,
Montréal, Quebec,Canada
7-11 June
Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot
XXXIII Reykjavik, Iceland 2-5 June
Sesselja Halldórsdóttir and Guðrún Þórarinsdóttir
XXXII University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
9-13 June
Korey Konkol
XXXI Kronberg, Germany
Held just before Viola Fest.
10-15 June
Ludwig Hampe

XXX University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
19-23 June
Helen Callus
XXIX Massey University
Wellington, New Zealand
8-12 April
Donald Maurice
Michael Vidulich
XXVIII Linköping, Sweden 4-8 August
Otto Freudenthal
XXVII Guelph, ON, Canada 9-12 June
Henry Janzen
Jutta Puchhammer, Artistic
Ann Frederking, Admin.
XXVI Glasgow, Scotland 16-19 July
John and Carol White
Jimmy and Dawn Durrant

XXV University of Texas
Austin, Texas
3-7 June
Roger Myers
XXIV Markneukirchen, Germany 27-29 June
Uta Lenkewitz
XXIII Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
14-18 June
Alan deVeritch and Atar Arad
XXII Isle of Man, U.K. 24-28 August
John White
XXI Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
23-27 June
Peter Slowik

XX Hochschule für Musik
Vienna, Austria
25-28 June
Christof Angerer
XIX Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York
12-16 June
Mary Arlin, Host;
Rosemary Glyde, Harold
Coletta, Artistic Directors
XVIII Lille, France 31 May-3 June
Bernard Gaudfroy,
Paul Hadjaje **
XVII University of Redlands
Redlands, CA
21-25 June
Lucille Taylor
Kristi Wilkerson, Admin.
XVI Kassel, Germany 16-19 June
Uta Lenkewitz

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
16-20 June
Yitzak Schotten and
Katherine Collier
XIV scheduled for 24-28 September 1986 in Parma, Italy, CANCELLED
XIII New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA 12-16 June
Marcus Thompson
XII Isle of Man, U.K 22-30 August
John White
XI University of Houston
Houston, Texas
2-6 June
Milton Katims

X Stuttgart, Germany 2-6 June
Ulrich Drüner
IX Toronto, ON Canada 11-14 June
A. Baird Knechtel
VIII Graz; Austria 3-6 June
Franz Zeyringer **
VII Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
12-14 June
David Dalton
VI London; England 9-11 June
John White

V Eastman School of Music
Rochester, N.Y
3-5 June
Louise Goldberg
Myron Rosenblum, Artistic
IV Bad Godesberg, Germany 23-25 July
Uta Lenkewitz
III Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
27-29 June
Maurice Riley
Myron Rosenblum, Artistic
II Bad Homburg, Germany 14-15 September
Walter Lebermann
I Ulm, Germany 31 Aug -1 Sept 1973 Wolfgang Sawodny


** Indicates Host either not listed in program or is otherwise unconfirmed