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!


July 1, 2019 - Note the updated date for shipping to Pac U for Conclave! If you are shipping items directly to Pacific University for Conclave, please note that the items should arrive at Pacific University no earlier than July 15 (this is a different date than earlier reported). Also note that weekend deliveries are not possible. Full details are included in the Welcome Letter (see next News item).

July 1, 2019 - Conclave Welcome Letter now available. For all the lucky people who are registered for Conclave 2019, the Conclave 2019 Welcome Letter is now available on the Conclave page with arrival details, packing suggestions, and more. Registrants will be receiving via email a copy of the Welcome Letter shortly.

June 16, 2019 - Conclave Registration is now closed. Registration for Conclave is now officially closed. If you haven't registered yet, it may be possible to fit you in. Please contact the Conclave Managers if you would like to be considered.