Gregg Alf – Lutherie Lab #1

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07/03/2023 - 08/03/2023
28/06/2022 - 27/01/2023


An exclusive series of meetings curated by Gregg Alf, aimed at training young musicians to care about their instruments and providing all the useful information about the world of violin making with a specific focus on performers.

The Lab is structured as a series of 3 seminars lasting two days each (3 hours per day, compatible with other concurrent courses at the Stauffer Academy).

The first session of this Lutherie Lab focuses on the following topics:
Daily maintenance and long-term care of stringed instruments and bows.
Interaction with your luthier for sound adjustments and repair needs.

Session 2: April 18-19, 2023
Artistic and economic considerations in evaluating new and antique instruments.
An overview of the history of classical violin making beginning with the Cremonese school.

Session 3: May 16-17, 2023
Certification, assurance and best practices in violin ownership.
Other topics may be developed in synergy with other Stauffer Academy faculty.

Maximum number of students: 35

It is possible to apply to attend only one of the three sessions.


The course is open to Italian and foreign citizens, Stauffer students and non-Stauffer, musicians, researchers and enthusiasts.

Age limit: 35 years

Level of training:

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree
  • Students of higher courses and candidates who, regardless of their qualifications, meet exceptional requirements may also be admitted.

Language: English and Italian


Application mode: through the “Apply” section of this page. Applications sent by email or transmitted through other channels won’t be accepted.

Required documents:

  • copy of a valid identity document
  • copy of degree, if in possession (or equivalent certificate)
  • curriculum vitae
  • receipt of payment of administrative fee

Administrative fee:

A fixed administrative fee of €50.00 by bank transfer (net of any currency and commission charges) is required to finalize the application. Full details on how to proceed with payment can be found in the full application regulations (downloadable below).

The fee is non-refundable.


Admission is subject to the evaluation of the submitted documentation.


The course is entirely free of charge.

However, it should be noted that the students are responsible for their own costs relating to travel, accommodation and board in Cremona, as well as other personal expenses.

Download academic regulations



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