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It's Not Too Early to Plan for the Cleveland LuteFest 2018!


Now is the time to start thinking about the exciting adventure that will be the Cleveland LuteFest in 2018.  It will take place at Case Western University in Cleveland from June 24 to 30, 2018.  The faculty list is incredible, probably the best one yet! A PARTIAL(!) list includes: Nigel North, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Robert Barto, Crawford Young, Ronn McFarlane, Elizabeth KennyDouglas Freundlich, Christopher Morrongiello, and Ellen Hargis as our Pat O'Brien Lecturer this year. 
One of the many evening concerts 
will feature the acclaimed ensemble Ayreheart. Come and experience the best early plucked-string festival in the world - and make some great friends along the way.  Registration will be online here (LSA website) around January 1, 2018.  Remember, first come, first served for private teacher assignments.

Looking for a GREAT Holiday gift ??

Maybe for your lute-playing son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter?  (or yourself!)

How about a membership in the Lute Society of America! This gift will provide loads of helpful information, sources of lute scholarship, and tons of music for lute and other historical plucked string instruments. Membership also includes subscriptions to the LSA's Quarterly Newsletter and Journal.

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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 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 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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