JAVS Fall 2023

Looking ahead to the Journal of the American Viola Society’s 2024 David Dalton Viola Research Competition for university and college students.

The late David Dalton (1934-2022) was a champion of research, knowledge, and inspiration. At the invitation of William Primrose, Dalton collaborated with him in producing two books plus two film documentaries. Dalton’s own editions for the viola have been distributed by several international publishing houses. Together with Primrose, Dalton co-founded the Primrose International Viola Archive at Brigham Young University (BYU), the largest and most significant repository of materials related to the viola in the world. Dr Dalton was elected president of the American Viola Society, for which he was Editor of its professional journal for 15 years, and he was later elected president of the International Viola Society (IVS), which bestowed on him its highest honor, the ’Golden Viola Clef’. This was only the second time in its 50-year history that the IVS had given such an award. It is in his honor, and with this same hope of creating a greater scope of collaborative knowledge for current and future musicians and scholars to explore, that we invite you to submit to the 2023 David Dalton Viola Research Competition. Who is eligible to submit a research paper? All entrants must be members of the American Viola Society. If you are not a violist or a member yet, visit https:// americanviolasociety.org/join/#join to join as a student for a discounted rate! You can also email economichardship@americanviolasociety. org to apply for an economic hardship waiver if the application fee should the cost be a burden to your entry. We are open to any and all instrumentalists, musicologists, theorists, scholars, and enthusiasts , not just violists! Additionally, all entrants must be current university or college students OR have completed any degree within 12 months of the entry deadline. So if you have to write a paper this Fall term for a class…why not consider submitting it for the competition! What are the guidelines for the paper? Entries should be original contributions to the field of viola research and may address any aspect of viola, including but not limited to: literature, history, performance, and

pedagogy—don’t be afraid to think inside or outside the box. We want it all!

And remember: one of the possible prizes is for an outstanding paper in an underrepresented category. This could be a composer, a piece, or a style of music related to the viola that has been historically overshadowed or omitted. Entries must not have been published in any other publication. For specific guidelines on word length, citation formats, and standard criteria, visit https:// americanviolasociety.org/dalton-guidelines/.

Or email editor@americanviolasociety.org with any specific citation questions.

How are papers judged? A panel of violists and scholars will evaluate submissions— once they are anonymized—and select a maximum of three winning entries. The panel does reserve the right not to declare a winner if no paper meets a minimum standard of scholarly criteria. What prizes are available for winners? All winning entries will be featured in the Journal of the American Viola Society —a great highlight on your CV!— with authors receiving additional awards, such as monetary prizes. For specific prize breakdowns, check out https:// americanviolasociety.org/dalton-guidelines/. When are submissions due? June 1, 2024 ! Applications will open in early-2024 and can be found at: https://www.americanviolasociety.org/dalton submission/#

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Journal of the American Viola Society / Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2023

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