UPDATE: I had to cancel going to the convention this year for family medical reasons.
It's a competition year for the Violin Society of America, it also happens to be the 40th year anniversary of the convention as well as the 20th competition year. It is being held at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel, November 11-16. It's been almost a decade since the last convention I attended so I particularly look forward to catching up with some of my colleagues and classmates this year. And if you are one of those colleagues that I don't know, please introduce yourself if our paths happen to cross. Violin makers are not typically known for their extroverted natures.