I. AVS Executive Board Nominations
The Nominations Committee of the AVS Executive Board is seeking nominations for four 3-year
Member-at-Large positions commencing July 1, 2021. Any AVS member in good standing who is a U.S. citizen and/or U. S. resident is eligible to be nominated.

II. About the Nominations and Election Process – How to Submit a Nomination 
Nominees should be highly motivated and prepared for significant service assignments and committee work to further the aims and programs of the society. Committees meet monthly and the full board meets quarterly, and board members are expected to commit to accomplishing concrete goals and objectives that serve the AVS’s mission.

As the AVS implements objectives of increasing equity and inclusion in the field, these will inform the following goal areas: fundraising and development; marketing/advertising and vendor relations; community development; and expanding educational offering for violists of all levels and interests.

In keeping with the AVS’s commitment to serve a diverse constituency of violists and viola enthusiasts, the AVS especially encourages nominations from groups currently underrepresented within its membership, including by race, gender identity, and career focus (such as music educators, K-12 and Suzuki music educators, orchestral violists and amateur violists). Nominations of individuals with expertise in development, finance, social media/web development, and organizing events (such as festivals and workshops) are also encouraged.

AVS members are encouraged to send recommendations for nominees (self-nominations are allowed), and all nominees must be AVS members. Non-AVS members are encouraged to join or renew their memberships to be eligible to participate in the process.

To submit a nomination or self-nomination, send an email to by
January 31, 2021. The email should have the subject “AVS Nominations” and should include the following information:

III. About Board Service, AVS Board Needs, and Nominations Selection Criteria
As a working board, AVS officers and Executive Board members participate actively in the planning and administration of our many programs, including the following:

The Board is also working on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of several new programs tailored to the changing needs and interests of our membership based on feedback from our recent strategic planning process.

Responsibilities for officers and Executive Board members are as follows:

The Nominations Committee will consider the following criteria when selecting nominated individuals to appear as candidates on the ballot:

IV. Nominations Committee Contact 
If you have questions about the nominations or election process, or about AVS service, please contact Hillary Herndon at

V. Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t know anyone on the AVS board. Am I still a viable candidate?
Yes. The Nominations Committee will evaluate your nomination based on the expertise, skills, and commitment that you can contribute to the organization (see criteria above). It is not necessary to have a personal connection to the board.

I am not a viola professor or orchestral musician—but most of the AVS board members are.
The AVS board is eager to develop programs and resources that serve all violists and viola enthusiasts, including music educators, amateur players, young professionals, composers, viola makers—and even non-violists who are fans of the viola. We actively encourage nominations of individuals who can help us to better serve this broad constituency and to expand our membership base.

Is serving on the AVS board the way to be programmed to perform, teach, or present at a Viola Festival?
The AVS has developed new procedures for a more transparent process for proposing performances, master classes, and presentations at our major gatherings. Stay tuned for more information about our next major gathering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. It is not necessary to run for the board in order to be programmed at an International Viola Congress or American Viola Festival.

I am interested in board service, but I don’t know anyone who can nominate me.
Self-nominations are welcome and will receive the same consideration as other nominations.

I would like to get involved with AVS (or, I have ideas how I can help with a specific AVS program), but I’m not sure I can commit to all the meetings required for board service.
We would be delighted to hear from you and discuss ways you could get involved with a specific program, committee or event, even without serving on the board. Email AVS President Hillary Herndon ( to discuss your ideas.

What happens if I’m not selected as a candidate on the ballot? Or if I am on the ballot but am not elected? I still want to get involved with AVS activities.
We would love to have your input and help. Contact AVS President Hillary Herndon ( to discuss ways you can get involved, and we hope you will be nominated or self-nominate again at the next election.

Are current AVS Executive Board members eligible to be nominated for an additional term?
Members-at-Large may succeed themselves only for no more than a second term. They are, however, eligible to be nominated for officer positions. For more details, consult the AVS By-Laws.

Is there a financial obligation to be a member of the Executive Board?
There is no financial obligation on the part of Executive Board members.