The Catgut Acoustical Society and the Violin Society of America are pleased to announce that the Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS) joined the Violin Society of America (VSA) as the CAS Forum in 2004 and continues its distinguished research in musical acoustics.
The VSA is an international organization of more than 1500 members whose mission is to advance the art and science of making stringed instruments and bows. This is accomplished through international competitions, conventions, publications, the VSA-Oberlin workshop programs in instrument making, bow making, instrument setup and violin acoustics and a scholarship program.
Prior to the merger, the CAS is an international organization of more than 500 members dedicated to acoustic research and its application to the construction of fine stringed instruments.
The two groups have shared goals and interests and have many members in common. Recent VAS-CAS collaborative efforts have resulted in the addition, in 2002, of a violin acoustics workshop to the VSA-Oberlin summer workshop program.
We are very pleased with the new opportunities that working together will provide. At the time of the merger, CAS members were sent a Letter to the Membership in November 2004, which further explained the benefits of this merger. These include: