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Welcome to the NEW web site of the Lute Society of America!
Much of the information on this site is open to the public, but some areas are reserved for
LSA members only. If you are a
current member of the LSA, please enter your email address when you are asked to login. Then, choose the option to reset your password. You will receive an email message that will take you to a page to enter and confirm your password for membership access to this site. Enjoy!

Latest LSA News

The LSA Has A New Treasurer

APRIL 21, 2015

We're extremely happy to announce that Thomas Walker Jr., has become the new Treasurer of the Lute Society of America. Tom will replace our longtime (over 30 years!) Treasurer Garald Farnham, who is moving on to focus on his career in lute and vocal performance. In addition to being an outstanding lute player, Tom is a professional financial adviser and works for Praxis Business Systems, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Listen to Tom's lute playing!

The Lute Rental Program Celebrates 10 Years and is Expanding

JUNE 13, 2015

The LSA's Lute Rental Program is 10 years old this year and is being rapidly expanded in terms of the number of instruments available for rent to LSA members. Being able to rent an instrument removes the biggest barrier to beginning or continuing to play the lute: securing an instrument. The program's rental processes have been streamlined, the payment system automated, and rental requests are answered within 24 hours! For more information click on the Lute Rental button below.

The LSA Mourns the Loss of Patrick O'Brien 

JANUARY 12, 2015

The loss of lute teacher, pedagogue, performer, and friend Patrick O’Brien at the age of 67 was an unexpected and shocking surprise.  Pat played a central role in the fields of the lute and guitar and it would be difficult to overstate his importance to, and influence on, the Lute Society of America. Pat O’Brien was, for many of us, the soul of our organization. He is sorely missed.

We need your help

The Lute Society of America is a non-profit 501C3 organization, allowing for donors to write off contributions on their taxes. Please consider a donation today!


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We invite all of those interested early music, musicology, plucked strings, and the lute in general to full access of the LSAs significant ónline resources. Please consider becoming a member today!


The LSA Channel

Check out the videos that Lute Society members have shared on YouTube.com.


Lute Society of America Information...

Events sponsored by the Lute Society of America, including registration for the Cleveland LuteFest, workshops, notice of LSA Board elections, and other important events and LSA business.

Member access to digital versions of the LSA Quarterly newsletter, LSA Journal, and other society publications. 

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 Events    

A listing of member concerts and events around the country.  Please let us know when, where, and with whom you will be performing!

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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