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!


October 17, 2017- Photos from the 2017 Conclave are now on the site. You can see them here.

October 7, 2017 - The location for our 2018 Conclave is announced. Find out where we will be in July, 2018.

October 3, 2017 - Martha Bishop has made another major contribution to our on-line music. Check out her complete edition of the Lawes consort sets here. They're barless!

Sept 17, 2017 - The Database of Historical Viols has been expanded with the addition of more German viols plus Austrian instruments. Check out this amazing resource here.

Aug 7, 2017 - Long-time Executive Secretary Alice Brin Renken was named an Honorary Life Member at Conclave 2017. See her photo and citation here.