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!


April 13, 2019 - Conclave Registration is now open! Register here.

February 27, 2019 - Time to talk to your local VdGSA chapter about the Chapter Conclave Voucher program. You could be awarded $200 to help defray your Conclave expenses!

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.