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!


March 23, 2015 - Operation Treble Viol: makers Marc Soubeyran and Francis Beaulieu will make a treble viol together at Conclave: it will be raffled away on Saturday. For details on this rare opportunity to get a world-class instrument, go here.

January 19, 2015 - Conclave! Click here for early information on Conclave 2015.

December 4, 2014 - Thomas MacCracken has added 225 more French viols, all of them either five-string pardessus or quintons, to his database of extant historical instruments. You can search the database here.

November 24, 2014 - Tracy Hoover has contributed part-books for Martha Bishop's barless 4- and 5-part Jenkins. Download them here.

November 3, 2014 - The Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort have sent music for their pizzicato version of the first prelude from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier". Download and enjoy, here.