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Site Last Updated - August 16, 2018
(All issues of the LSAQ are now online.)

Latest LSA News

Douglas Alton Smith 1944-2018

It is my sad duty to relay to you that, after a long illness, Doug Smith died at his home, on August 9th. Over the decades, Doug made numerous contributions to the LSA in a variety of roles, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors and both Guest Editor and Interim Editor of the Journal of the LSA.  His contributions to lute scholarship cannot be overstated--the History of the Lute remains the only book of its kind and his work on the music of Silvius Leopold Weiss helped bring baroque lute music into the prominence it enjoys today. Doug was not only a lutenist, but played other instruments and recently finished composing a folk opera, while also spearheading the JLSA  issues devoted to the life and work of Patrick O'Brien--two issues have been published, with more to follow.  His loss leaves a hole that cannot be filled, not only in the  lute world, but in our minds and hearts.   

Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized and I doubt Doug would want anyone to spend money on flowers for him.  I do know he was very interested in getting his book into the hands of readers, so, perhaps, buying one and reading it, if you haven't already, is the best way to pay tribute to him.  The LSA will be devoting JLSA, issue 52 to Doug as a festschrift in his memory.

If you would like to make a donation to the LSA in memory of Doug, please visit our donations page and specify the Douglas A. Smith Scholarship Fund in the drop down menu.

Farewell Doug,

Michael Grant, LSA President 

Some Helpful Changes to LSA Publications Online

July 23, 2018

We're in the process of making access to online articles in the LSA Quarterly and LSA Journal as easy as can be. We are linking article titles to the articles themselves.  All you have to do is click on the title of an article and you'll open the article itself. If you want to view the entire issue just click on the issue title. In addition to this, all of the LSAQs and LSAJs are now fully searchable.  Thanks to the hard work of Ranier aus dem Spring, you can now word search all LSA publications by using the "find" function in your browser when you have a page open. We have finished linking all LSAQ articles from the 1980s, 1990s, up to issues from 2000 to 2009. We are working hard to finish the entire project before the end of summer. Give it a try!

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Lute Society of America Information...

Events 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.  Please note that due to demand it may take some time for your information to be posted. 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 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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