American Viola Society Festival

2020 American Viola Society Festival Update:

Due to the current health crisis, the AVS Festival Committee has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2020 American Viola Society Festival for June 2-5, 2021 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. We sincerely regret the circumstances, but believe this is the right decision to protect the health and safety of all festival presenters and attendees.

We plan to present as much of our originally planned festival program as possible, with as many of the same artists and presenters as are available, at the 2021 American Viola Society Festival. Signature artists already confirmed for our rescheduled event include Victoria Chiang and David Perry, Dimitri Murrath, Yizhak Schotten, Matthew Lipman, Jordan Bak, and Doris Preucil, with more to come!

Accepted presenters and performers scheduled for the 2020 American Viola Society Festival will be invited to present/perform at the 2021 American Viola Society Festival. Presenters and performers will receive more information via email and will have the opportunity to confirm their participation by August 15, 2020.

The Festival Committee is considering how best to proceed with the 2020 AVS Festival competition live final rounds, which were scheduled for Wednesday, June 3. We are contacting finalists directly with more information and will make a public announcement by April 15, 2020. 

Our deepest appreciation goes to our planned sponsors, exhibitors and donors – William Harris Lee, D’Addario, Johnson String Instruments/Carriage House Violins, Aria Lights, Eastman Strings, GEWA Music USA, Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin, Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, Scott Studios, Inc, Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, Timothy G. Johnson, Luthier, Ute Zahn Violin Maker, V. Richelieu Instruments,  Vla Tutti (Molly Sharp), Practizma, Dr. Tom and Polly Tatton, and Mike and Cindy Palumbo – for their generous support of the festival. We also thank the University of Tennessee for generously extending their commitment to hosting our event in 2021.

We would like to extend congratulations to our 2020 Career Achievement Award winners, Yizhak Schotten and Doris Preucil, and to our AVS Honorary Member Carlos Maria Solare. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tom Tatton for his amazing dedication to our organization by presenting him with the Dwight Pounds Service Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service Contributions to the AVS. We hope to be able to honor all of our 2020 AVS award recipients in person at our 2021 Festival.

If you have already registered for the 2020 AVS Festival, we will automatically transfer your registration and apply all payments to the 2021 AVS Festival. This option gives you maximum flexibility to plan as needed in the coming year, while locking in the 2020 rates.

If you are unable to attend the 2021 festival, please notify the AVS office by April 15, 2021, and choose one of the following alternatives:

  1. Donation – The AVS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that depends on the support of its members to continue to provide our biennial conferences, the Journal of the American Viola Society, and a variety of member benefits, as well as the Primrose International Viola Competition with our partners, The Colburn School. You may donate all or part of your registration to expenses incurred for the 2020 festival, and will receive a tax receipt as all donations are fully tax-deductible. To donate, please email

  2. Full refund – Send your refund request by email to You may also send a written request to: 
    American Viola Society, 14070 Proton Road, Suite 100, LB 9, Dallas, TX 75244

During the uncertain times ahead, donations from our members are especially appreciated to help ensure the continued success and financial stability of our society.

We wish all of our AVS members good health as we move forward during these unprecedented times and thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville!

The 2020/2021 AVS Festival Committee

Michael Palumbo, AVS President
Hillary Herndon, Festival Host
Ames Asbell, Festival Coordinator
Adam Paul Cordle, Proposals Coordinator
Katrin Meidell, Assistant Festival Coordinator / Competitions Coordinator