The Viola da Gamba Society of America is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support of activities relating to the viola da gamba in the United States and abroad.

It is a society of players, builders, publishers, distributors, restorers and others sharing a serious interest in music for viols and other early bowed string instruments.

We hold an annual, week-long Conclave in mid-summer at educational institutions around the country with a faculty of internationally recognized performers and scholars.

If this is your first visit to our web site, we suggest that you start with a message from our president.

Join the VdGSA and experience the music, scholarship and camaraderie!


Sept. 2, 2015 - Photos from Conclave 2015 are now available. Find them in the CONCLAVE section in the menu at left.

August 26, 2015 - We've added an historical teaching video created by Catharina Meints in 1986, consisting of pedagogical themes plus two concerts at Oberlin. Look for "Viol Pedagogy Archives" under the VIDEOS section in the menu at left.

August 13, 2015 - Harriet Risk Woldt was awarded a Life Membership at Conclave 2015. Read all about it on the Life Members page.

June 19, 2015 - Visit our brand-new Members' Area, and find out the status of your membership!