July 22-26

It's Coming!

Our Great and Glorious Festival of Lutherie.

Tacoma, WA

Guild of American Luthiers 23rd Convention / Exhibition

• Instrument Exhibition • Concerts • Informative Lectures •
• Hands-on Demonstrations • Traffic in Lutherie Materials •
• Old Friends • People You Want To Meet •
• Watch this page for details •

The original great and glorious festival of lutherie, often copied but never duplicated, the Guild of American Luthiers Convention/Exhibition is legendary and highly anticipated in the lutherie community. It’s another avenue the Guild uses to bring together luthiers from everywhere, of all specialties and skill levels, seasoned pros and part-timers, in a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie.

It features four-and-a-half days of stimulating educational lectures, demonstrations, and workshops presented by respected luthiers on a wide range of topics of interest to the lutherie community; an exhibition of member instruments where members have an opportunity to show their creations and receive feedback from their fellow luthiers; sale of lutherie woods, tools, and supplies; three nights of concerts and open mikes; and the GAL Benefit Auction. The schedule will be similar to past conventions. The scheduled program will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 22 and ends by noon on Sunday, July 26, followed by an open house at GALHQ on Sunday afternoon.

GAL Conventions are held in Tacoma, Washington (near GALHQ), on the beautiful campus of Pacific Lutheran University, which has great facilities for our workshops, concerts and exhibits. The Pacific Northwest has comfortable summer temps, natural beauty, and many nearby attractions. It’s a great summer vacation destination!

GAL Conventions are open to anyone who wants to participate. Registration is required to attend and only members can exhibit. Any member can exhibit their instruments and lutherie suppliers can exhibit for an additional fee. On-campus lodging and meals will be available.

Watch this page and American Lutherie for more information on our 2020 event as it becomes available. Registration will open in the spring of 2020 and Guild members will automatically receive announcements and notifications. More details will be forthcoming in the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 issues of American Lutherie.

For more information on the upcoming convention, contact us to be put on the GAL email list.