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 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.