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!


December 30, 2018 - The Historical Viols Database has received a major update from Tom MacCracken. It now includes viols from the "peripheral" countries of Europe, updates to the previously cataloged viols, additional background information about the makers, and much more! Check it out: Historical Viols Database.

December 7, 2018 - The 2018 Life Member Honorees, Linda and Peter Payzant, and John Pringle, have been posted to the Life Members page.

December 7, 2018 - The Young Players' Weekend 2019 Brochure and Registration Form are now available for download here. Additional information about the workshop is here or look in the "Events & Links" menu to the left.

November 26, 2018 - Fundraising for CD Volume 2 of The Orlando Gibbons Project has begun. USA folks may donate to this project through the VdGSA. Details on the Events page.

November 12, 2018 - Summer and Fall 2018 issues of News are now available online in the Members Area, including the News Music inserts.

October 8, 2018 - Conclave 2018 photos are now online here. Many thanks to Peter Payzant for producing the photo album, and to all who contributed photos and caption assistance!

October 5, 2018 - Announcing Conclave 2019! See dates and location here.

September 24, 2018 - Julie Elhard's new teaching video, "Sitting with the Viol", demonstrating how to sit comfortably and pain-free with all sizes of viols, is now available on the Teaching Videos page.