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!


May 3, 2016 - We've added an essay on Lyra-Viol ornamentation by Paul Furnas, illustrated with examples from Gervise Gerrarde's Lyre-Waye Paven.

April 1, 2016 - On-line registration for Conclave is now open. Click here to begin your registration.

March 4, 2016 - Conclave 2016 details now available. Click the CONCLAVE link in the menu at left.