The Viola da Gamba Society of America
Young Players' Weekend 2019
Building Bridges
May 24 - 26, 2019
Camp Allen, Navasota, TX

Welcome, Viol Players!

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2019 VdGSA Young Players' Weekend. This year we are excited to be returning to the wonderful state of TEXAS at Camp Allen in Navasota (approximately an hour away from Houston.)

The weekend will include a range of activities for viol players of all ability levels. In addition to coached consort playing we will offer three short workshops on topics ranging from mensural notation reading, madrigal texts for the music of Coprario, and the Beatles for viols.

We will gather on Friday night to have a play-in for all participants. On Saturday night we will offer a voluntary masterclass led by our guest coaches, Brent Wissick and Brady Lanier.

There is no age limit to attend YPW. If you feel that you are a young player, you are welcome to attend.

I hope you will join us and this stellar guest faculty for our ninth Young Players' Weekend. See you in May!

Pedro Funes

Download the brochure and registration form HERE.

About The Young Players' Weekend

Periodically, the VdGSA hosts a weekend retreat specifically geared toward younger players. The workshop is subsidized by the Society, so that the cost is affordable to students, young professionals, and those of limited means.

The primary goal of this workshop is—what else?—to get together and play the viol, but it also serves several secondary objectives for the society and its members:

  • to provide those who may not have the means to attend Conclave every year (or at all) with opportunities to learn from professional players and scholars
  • to provide younger players who may not know many other viol players with the opportunity to connect with musicians with similar interests
  • to provide a warm welcome to the VdGSA family, and to share information about all the fantastic opportunities available to VdGSA members

YPW is usually held on a weekend sometime in the spring. Workshop brochure and registration are available in November/December.

Pedro Funes is the current YPW director.

Past Directors:
Jessica Powell Eig, 2013-2016
Josh Lee, 2008-2013


Who qualifies as a young player?
There is no age limit for YPW attendees. If you feel that you are a young player, you are welcome to attend.

How much does it cost?
The total fee for tuition, room and board in 2015 was $125. Fees may fluctuate from year to year, but the VdGSA has committed to keep the cost affordable to those of limited means.

How good do I have to be?
Every year, YPW includes players who run the gamut from absolute beginner to professional track. We value this diversity of experience, and benefit from it. Whether you've been playing for 15 minutes or 15 years, there is a place for you at YPW.

Do I need to bring a viol?
Loaner instruments of all sizes are available for those who have difficulty traveling with an instrument, and for those who are interested in trying a new size.

For more information, email, or find the VdGSA Young Players group on Facebook at

2017 YPW Attendees
Happy participants at the Young Players' Weekend