Welcome to the Classical Mandolin Society of America!

North America’s only organization promoting and nurturing the art of classical mandolin playing and the mandolin family of instruments.

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Chicago Mandolin Orchestra, 1936

Erich O. Legner (bottom row, 3rd from left) Erich Fred Legner, Professor Emeritus, University of California (received 12/2011) Who were they? Known and Unknown Mandolin Ensemble Photos From The Past This is something Dave Betts has wanted to do for a long...

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Clifford-Essex Bass Mandolin (Mandobass)

This is a rare Clifford-Essex Bass Mandolin (mandobass). In 1965, I was playing upright bass with a folk group called "The County Set". I went to John Alvey Turner's shop with the banjo player to buy some banjo strings. While we were there we started...

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CMSA 2018: November 14 – 18 in Santa Rosa

The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, the Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble and the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra are pleased to host the 2018 CMSA Convention in Santa Rosa, CA.

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CMSA memberships run annually from January to December.  Now is the perfect time to join or renew to get the most out of your membership.  Membership gives you access to the Mandolin Journal, member-only features of the website, and more..

The Classical Mandolin Society of America invites you to join our organization!


Membership gives you access to, and makes you part of, the international mandolin community. It provides an opportunity to meet great players, teachers and kindred spirits and to gain life-long friends. Participating will help you grow as a musician.


The CMSA hosts an annual fall convention at a different location in North America each year. This is a chance for members to meet, exchange ideas, and perform. It’s an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by leading professionals.


Receive the quarterly Mandolin Journal with news, informative articles and reviews. Gain full access to all areas of the CMSA website, including valuable member-only features such as music downloads and classified ad postings.