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International Viola Society


Administrative History

The International Viola Society (founded 1968) is a world-wide, non-profit organization that governs and supports national and regional organized groups of violists, and continues to promote the ever-increasing standards of excellence in viola performance.

The International Viola Society is dedicated to supporting research in the history of viola, including its performers, makers, teachers, and composers. It largely supports the Primrose International Viola Archive at Brigham Young University by facilitating the exchange and availability of materials to its members.

The International Viola Society has held annual congresses since 1973 with a hiatus between 1975 and 1999. Through these congresses the building of new, high quality instruments and bows have been encouraged, as well as the development of a new viola repertoire through performance and competitions sponsored by the International Viola Society.

The Society has chapters throughout the world.

International Viola Society, July 20, 2011: (non-profit; governs and supports violists; promotes standards of excellence; supports research; supports PIVA; held annual congresses since 1973; encourages building of instruments and development of new rep.)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

American and International Viola Societies' records, 1983-2002

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7891 Series V
Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, articles, surveys, suggestions, publishing, graphics, board meeting minutes, and other materials concerning the Journal of the American VIola Society when Dalton was the editor, the American VIola Society and the International Viola Society when Dalton was the President of those organizations, 1983-2002.

Dates: 1983-2002

David Dalton papers

Identifier: MSS 7891
Scope and Contents Collection contains the professional papers of David Dalton during his time at BYU and as a violist, papers from before and during his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, materials from his undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies, performance materials, records from his dealings with the International Viola Congress, American and International Viola Societies, papers concerning William Primrose and the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA), and audio...
Dates: 1954-2010

David Dalton audio recordings, 1954-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7891 Series VII
Scope and Contents

This series contains audio tapes of performances, interviews, and other recorded material of David Dalton, 1954-2000.

Dates: 1954-2000

International Viola Society Congress records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7923
Scope and Contents Collection includes audiocassette tapes, audio-reel tapes, and VHS tapes, and other materials of the viola congresses that have been held by the International Viola Society. The collection spans the dates 1977 to 2008 and includes the performances and lectures given. Performances involve prominent violists performing classic repertoire as well as premiering modern works. Congresses featured in the collection include Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; Ithaca, New York; and...
Dates: 1977-2002

Dwight R. Pounds papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7834
Scope and Contents

Collection contains the correspondence of Dwight Pounds and various prominent violists. It also contains viola scores and manuscripts, records from the American Viola Society and the Congresses of the International Viola Society, and Dwight Pounds' personal papers, 1992-2011.

Dates: approximately 1992-2011

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Audiocassettes 3
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Letters 3
Viola -- Societies, etc. 3
Violists 3