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!


Nov. 19, 2015 - We've added three new teaching videos, all shot at Conclave 2015. Click on VIDEOS/Teaching Videos in the menu at left.

Nov. 9, 2015 - The latest version of Thomas MacCracken's database of extant historical viols has grown with the addition of 148 Italian instruments. Explore this amazing resource here.

Oct. 27, 2015 - Martha Bishop has contributed a barless edition of the Jenkins six-part fantasias, and Tracy Hoover has contributed part-books of the same. Download them all here.

Oct. 25, 2015 - Early information about Conclave 2016: where and when. Look under CONCLAVE in the menu at left.

Sept. 2, 2015 - Photos from Conclave 2015 are now available. Find them in the CONCLAVE section in the menu at left.