Greetings from Host Chair


This is the last international Viola Congress of the 20th century and we have a superb feast of viola music and performers for you to enjoy. From around the world, Viola players will descend upon Guelph in early June to perform, lecture, learn and listen. All varieties of music, from the more traditional to that accompanied by electronic means and garbage can, will be found here. there is also an opportunity to work with an internationally recognized expert regarding playing posture and the correct anatomical alignments of the body.

Bring your instruments as there will be opportunities to participate in "jam" sessions. You may want to try other instruments and bows which will be on display in the luthier's room. (You might just find the perfect bow or instrument. Or that recording or piece of music you've been looking for).

The late spring weather will be outstanding and you will enjoy the pleasant setting and the local gastronomical delights as well.

Toronto, Canada's largest city and Guelph's biggest suburb lies just 100 km to the east. Guelph is 40 minutes by car from the Pearson International Airport and if you arrive by train or bus, you will find your terminus to be a short two blocks from our venue. Traveling to Guelph could not be easier.

I am looking forward to meeting you again or for the first time in June in Guelph.

- Henry Janzen, Host Chair