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Latest LSA News

Coming This Summer: 
LSA Workshops West and East!


You’re invited to either (or BOTH) LSA summer workshops in 2017!! A great time will be had by all.  

The Amherst / LSA Workshop East will take place from July 9-16, 2017 on the lovely campus of Connecticut College. This year the faculty includes Nigel North, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Christopher Morrongiello, and Jason Priset (Director).  For more information and to register

There are lots of exciting changes happening with the LSA Workshop West this year! It will take place at the University of Victoria, located on lovely Vancouver Island from August 6-12. This year the faculty will include Robert Barto, Elizabeth Kenny, Sylvain Bergeron, Ray Nurse, Travis Carey (lute building), and Phillip Rukavina (Director). Registration for the Workshop West will be handled online by the LSA

History of the Lute from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Now Available Here!     $39.95 for LSA Members!!


A History of the Lute from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, traces the lute’s development from the early instruments of Classical Greece to its glorious flowering in Renaissance Europe’s golden age of polyphony. With its lengthy bibliography, index, 74 illustrations and 55 musical examples, the author has told the lute’s story with such a scholarly and visual depth that it will become a standard reference for this instrument for years to come."

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Lute Society of America Information...

Events sponsored by 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 beginners 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 Maintenance 

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.
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