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General Information

Who May Attend

Beginning to advanced bow makers, professional stringed instrument musicians, music educators, violin makers, instrument repair persons at all levels of experience as well as those simply interested in the art of violin and bow making may attend. Note: Participants who are serious about violin building and repair will, over time, make a considerable personal investment in tools.

You must be 18 years or older to attend.

Institute Location

boats All classes are held in Putnam Hall, located on 34 Sage Way (formerly know as 294 Mast Road) on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, New Hampshire. We are sure that you will enjoy the setting of this summer institute. The University is located on 156 wooded acres in Durham, New Hampshire; only a 90-minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts; 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean; and 40 miles from the foothills of the White Mountains National Forest. The historic seacoast town of Portsmouth is 10 miles east of Durham. Limousine service and bus service are available from either Boston's Logan International Airport or from Manchester (NH) Airport to Durham, NH.

Room and Board at the University of New Hampshire

Housing and meals are not included in the tuition. However, on-campus air-conditioned housing, including breakfast, is available for an extra charge. Housing reservations can be made by calling (603) 862-0863 or (603) 862-1900. For more information, please download General Information for Housing & Meals, which includes the housing registration form.

How to Register (Online, Mail, Phone, Fax)

Click here to register on the web and pay using a credit card or e-check.

By Phone:
Call (603) 862-7380

By Mail:
Download the registration form and mail, along with full payment or a $100 deposit for each week you plan to attend. Mail to: UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute, Room G50, 11 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824

By Fax:
Download the registration form and fax with credit card info to (603) 862-7381.

NOTE: Space is limited in each workshop, so

The granting or denial of any application for admission to the Institute is within the sole discretion of the University of New Hampshire.

Full Payment or a Deposit

To reserve your space in a workshop, you must either make full payment or a $100 deposit per week of instruction at the time of registration. The deposit is non-refundable (see "Refund Policy").


The tuition for each weeklong workshop is $925. Receive a discount when you enroll in two or more weeks of any combination of workshops. The tuition and discounted rates are as follows:

Rates (with discount for two or more weeks)
1 week: $925
2 weeks: $1665
3 weeks: $2525
4 weeks: $3365
5 weeks: $4210

Lodging and meals are not included Lodging and meals are additional (see "Room and Board at the University of New Hampshire").

U.S. Currency

All deposits, tuition, registration fee, and payments to housing, if any, are payable only in U.S. currency, by credit card or by checks in U.S. funds.

Final Payment Deadlines

prescott parkFull payment is due May 1, 2017.

If you do not make the full payment by the due date:

1) You will be charged an administrative late fee of $50.

2) If others are on the waiting list, you may lose your place in the program and forfeit your deposit.

This policy has been adopted in fairness to students on waiting lists. All participants must be registered and paid in full before attending the first day of class.

Walk-ins are NOT ACCEPTED.

Refund Policy

The $100 per week tuition deposit is nonrefundable. Tuition refunds, less the $100 per week deposit, will be given if written cancellation is received by May 1, 2017. No tuition refunds will be made after May 1.

Note: This refund policy does not apply to housing costs. Please check with the University Conference Office at (603) 862-1900 for their housing refund policies.

Important Forms

Please download the following forms, sign, and submit via e-mail, fax, or regular mail (contact information is listed below).

Signed copies of these forms are required for your participation in UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute's programs.

Responsibility Clause

The Violin Craftsmanship Institute is located in the State of New Hampshire and is subject to New Hampshire law. The terms and conditions of the Institute shall be enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and all Agreements relating to the Institute are deemed to have been made in the State of New Hampshire. In the event of litigation regarding the terms and conditions of the Institute, the parties expressly submit to the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in New Hampshire. All attendees must adhere to UNH rules, Institute rules, and University Conference Office policies.

Contact Us

  • Main office: (603) 862-7380
    Jen Baker, program coordinator: (603) 862-1739
  • Mail: Violin Institute
       UNH Professional Development and Training
       Room G50, 11 Garrison Avenue
       Durham, New Hampshire 03824, USA
  • Fax: (603) 862-7381
  • E-mail: professional.development@unh.edu
  • Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday

Please note: Audio and/or Video Recordings of
Institute classes are not permitted.