LSF-USA is the American counterpart to Luthiers Sans Frontières, an international organization that provides repair services to musicians, orchestras, and ensembles in areas where no local services are available. Between 2010 and 2014, American LSF members have traveled to Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and Ecuador in service to musicians and orchestras, and are proud to aid the growth of music education across the world.


Shortly after Christmas, and while most of the US was being hammered by the famous Polar Vortex,  Anna Huthmaker and I arrived in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for a second visit.  Our hosts were string teachers Caitlyn Kamminga and Eleanor Ryan from the Academy for Performing Arts, which is affiliated with the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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I visited Port-of-Spain following hot on Anna’s heels – luckily for me, she left a very favourable impression!  There was quite an overwhelming amount of work to be done.  Most of the instruments I dealt with needed fingerboard work, as well as a good clean-up. 

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The LSF-USA chapter is up and running and we are in the middle of our first official mission.  Ute Zahn and I traveled to Trinidad to work with the students and faculty of the University of Trinidad/Tobago and the Academy of Music. I went in early March, 2013 and spent a week rehairing and restoring bows, as well as teaching 6-7 college-aged students how to rehair bows. 

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We are proud to announce that Ute Zahn and Anna Huthmaker were invited to the 2014 Violin Society of America Conference to present a seminar on LSF-USA!! A wonderful time was had by all, and the mission of LSF-USA was shared with many. For a transcript of the lecture, click here.

During the 2013/2014 holidays, LSF Board members Ute Zahn and Anna Huthmaker traveled to Trinidad to do some more work with the Caribbean Network Arts & Education Foundation (CANOAE) program. Both the trip to Trinidad and the string program are sponsored by First Citizens Bank. For more details, click here.

In March of 2013, LSF members Anna Huthmaker and Ute Zahn traveled to Trinidad to work with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Academy for the Performing Arts. For more details, click here.

LSF-USA is proud to announce that we are now a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.

Bel Son Productions is proud to release "Kenbe La-Hold On", a documentary about the work of musicians and teachers in Haiti, before and after the earthquake. LSF has long been an important part of these programs and we are so excited to see this documentary. For more information, or to schedule a screeing in your area, visit Bel Son Productions.

In October of 2011, LSF members Ute Zahn, Jesse Berndt and Martin Nitsche traveled to Jamaica on a service trip. For more details, click here.

In May of 2011, LSF member Anna Huthmaker traveled to Santiago, Cuba on a mission to repair bows for the Santiago Symphony. For more details, click here.