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!


April 1, 2016 - On-line registration for Conclave is now open. Click here to begin your registration.

March 4, 2016 - Conclave 2016 details now available. Click the CONCLAVE link in the menu at left.

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.