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From the President...

The election to fill the seats of 3 outgoing Board members is now over, results from 337 votes are in. I am delighted to welcome to the Board: Gary Boye, Ryan Closs, and Jeffrey Noonan. Each one has much to offer in terms of experience and expertise in areas we are steeped in developing. Gary has already been invaluable in overseeing the facsimile collection; and Ryan has tremendous energy around developing local chapters, having set one up in New York. It was a very strong slate of candidates and I thank David Dolata and Cory Gavito for being willing to run. I hope they will stand again in a future election.

And finally, a public thank you to outgoing Board members: Ronn McFarlane, Kate Benessa and Joe Harris. We have been so well served by their wise counsel. We all owe a debt of gratitude for what we have been able to accomplish with their help. Start with all the planning necessary to begin the design of a new website, what it should have, be able to do, and who to do it. Then to the great pages focussed on the teachings of Pat O’Brien. If you haven’t been to those pages, GO! Your playing and practicing will be transformed, with or without repetitive stress syndrome! And the growing interest in establishing local chapters. So thank you Ronn, Kate and Joe!

Stay well, everyone!



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 treatment of people of color. Not to take a stand, not to ask ourselves what we are doing to perpetuate the racism around us would be irresponsible. We, as players of such a rare and beautiful instrument as the lute, must not let this moment slip by unnoticed as we practice, hiding behind our music stands as if these justice issues had nothing to do with us.

They do, for if performing or listening to music tells us anything, it is that we humans are all connected. And if we sometimes can't figure out how to connect with words, music can and often does fill the void. It moves the soul like nothing else can, perhaps revealing truths we could not see otherwise. At moments like this we must examine our hearts and be honest about what we see. As a society, is there anything we are doing, or not doing, that is contributing to where our world is now? (Racisim and the LSA continued...)

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Lute Society of America Information...

Member events and concerts. Contact the webmaster with your event info for posting. Also, other items 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, as well as Patrick O'Brien's seminal monographs on lute and guitar playing techniques and healthy playing of the lute.

NEW! - Patrick O’Brien on Musicians’ Injuries

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.  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 the new LSA Digital Facsimiles page and 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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