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4 May 2021

2021 Touring Violin raffle violin winner

Congratulations to Cory Mattos in Randolph, Vermont for having the winning ticket for the 2021 Touring Violin raffle!  He says he’s never won anything like this before, and is thrilled to be this year’s winner!

Group member Fiona Stowell is the fiddler in the group who lives closest to Randolph, and will play the violin for Cory before it is delivered to him.

Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets, the major portion of our fundraising for the Touring Group this year, making the whole project possible, including rehearsals since September, performances for the Chandler Center in Randolph and Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, and the virtual world tour in late April that included Canada, Europe and Japan.

The violin is a V. Richelieu Instrument, donated and made in Burlington by Vermont Violins, valued at $5,600.  We are including a custom case and bow donated by YTV .

The V. Richelieu violin uses the Guarneri pattern known for its rich tone and comfortable size.  European Tonewood is used to provide rich overtones and harmonics – the soloist version uses softer, split Swiss spruce for the top for the sweeter tone – Italian spruce is used for the soloist version from sources known for use of Tonewood.   Luthiers in the shop master different parts of the process, from graduating the plates to the final set-up.  These instruments are hand finished with oil varnish, accentuating the flame of the Bosnian maple backs.  The instruments are played from coast to coast by both traditional and classical musicians.  Their popularity with  leaders, alumni and members of the Touring Group makes this a particularly important way for Vermont Violins to thank a project like the Touring Group in their community.

More info at the Vermont Violins web site:  The Burlington shop has just relocated, from downtown to 5 Green Tree Drive (Unit B) in South Burlington.  Phone number is 802-862-0349.  They are open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm, and Saturday: 9am – 3pm.  The new location is larger, more spacious, and easier-to-access in a prime location.  Their staff of experienced professional musicians (including Touring Group artist leader Oliver Scanlon!) and luthiers are always happy to talk about their work and can demonstrate how modern instruments are built.