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 4, 2020 - Starring the Tenor Viol available to download. Now available for people who love and wish to play tenor-range highlights of the Baroque literature—especially works of J. S. Bach—on the tenor viol. Judy Klotz and Niccolo Seligman have created a treat for tenor players. Starring the Tenor Viol is available for download, or can be ordered in a print version. Look under "MUSIC" in the menu to the left, then "Free Downloadable Sheet Music". In the menu, choose "Music", then "VdGSA Editions for Sale", and look in the "à 3" section. Or, direct link to the page.

December 10, 2019 - New Trios available for purchase, and Skill Levels. The ever-prolific composer Anon now has an additional two Fantasias à 3 available on the Editions for Sale page. While you're there, be sure to check out all the other recently added editions! Also, many editions now have a rating of estimated difficulty level. Thanks to Alice Renken for managing these editions. In the menu, choose "Music", then "VdGSA Editions for Sale", and look in the "à 3" section. Or, direct link to the page.

December 9, 2019 - Three New Teaching Videos. Not just one, but three new Teaching Videos, recorded at Conclave 2019, are now available to play or download. Adaiha MacAdam-Somer demonstrates "Finding a Comfortable Left Hand Position". Brent Wissick illustrates "Practicing with Both Sides of Your Brain". Tobi Szuts explains "Eveything You Need to Know About Frets". Thanks to these teachers, and thanks to Zoe Weiss for producing the videos, and to Loren Ludwig for video editing. In the menu, choose "Videos", then "Teaching Videos"; these three new videos are at the top of the list. Or, direct link to all Teaching Videos.