The Viola da Gamba Society of America is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support, in the United States and abroad, of activities and resources relating to the viola da gamba, other early bowed string instruments, and the music for these instruments.

We are a Society of players, builders, publishers, composers, distributors, restorers, and others sharing a serious interest in these beautiful instruments, their history, and their music, both old and new.

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!


November 13, 2019 - VdGSA Journal issues #49 and #50 available to view. The VdGSA Journal issues #49 (2015-2016) and #50 (2017-2018) are now available to view and download. The consolidated index to all issues has also been updated. Check out the fascinating and thoughtful articles in the menu to the left, under "Publications & Research", then "Journal of the VdGSA". Or, direct link.

October 3, 2019 - Jenkins 3-part Fancys (barless) available to download. Martha Bishop's new barless edition of the Jenkins 3-part Fancys is available to download. Look under "MUSIC" in the menu to the left, then "Free Downloadable Sheet Music". Or, direct link.

July 27, 2019 - Conclave 2020 dates and location are announced! Mark your calendars: Conclave 2020 will be July 26 - August 2, 2020. We'll be returning to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. More details as they become available!