Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica

About the Chapter

The Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica, a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, is an association of viol enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. We enjoy playing chamber music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries (as well as some contemporary music) from England, France, Italy and Germany on treble, tenor and bass viols. Members include novice to advanced players, instrument makers, teachers and performers.

Membership Activities/Benefits

  • Monthly Saturday meetings for playing in ensembles with players of similar ability and coached by leading professional players. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month (Sep-Jan, Mar-Jun), in El Cerrito. The class and coached ensemble time is from 9 a.m. to noon, then we have our bag lunches and uncoached ensemble playing in the afternoon.
  • Monthly Gamba News newsletter, September through June.
  • Viol rental program. For information on currently available instruments and rates, contact Carolyn D'Almeida.
  • Referrals to local viol teachers.
  • Cost of a normal membership is $45 per year, a student membership is $15 per year, and a household membership is $55 per year, all of which includes attendance at the monthly consort meetings and the chapter's email announcements and monthly newsletter. A $15 non-playing membership includes the email announcements and monthly newsletter only.
  • To join or for more information, please fill out the membership form or email the Chapter.

Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2018-2019

September 8,
Farley Pearce TBD
October 13,
Frances BlakerTBD
November 10,
Julie JeffreyTBD
December 8,
Roy WheldenTBD
January 12,
Gretchen ClaassenTBD
February 9,
Amy Brodo TBD
March 9,
Erik AndersenTBD
April 13,
Shira KammenTBD
May 11,
David MorrisTBD
June 8,
Annual Bash!.

Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2012-2018

Other Gamba Workshops

October 19-23,
Annual Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona ChapterViola da Gamba Society--Southern Arizona
March 14, 2018, 10am

Master Class with Paolo Pandolfo in Berkeley. All levels of playing are welcome and encouraged to apply! These can include individual lessons, or small ensembles. And auditors are also welcome to attend. Contact Paolo Pandolfo to apply.

Tuition: $100 individual, $120 small ensemble, $30 auditors

Location: 2954 Shasta Rd. Berkeley
July 22-29,
2017 VdGSA Conclave at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North CarolinaViola da Gamba Society of America
August 5-11 (tentative),
Viols West Workshop, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaViols West Workshop

Chapter Officers and Board Members, 2016-2018

President, Play Day Consort CoordinatorCindi Olwell
Vice PresidentRicardo Hofer
SecretaryNick Jones
Treasurer, Membership List Manager, VdGSA RepresentativeEllen Fisher
Newsletter EditorSue Jones
VdGSA RepresentativeCarolyn Butler
Instrument Rental Program CoordinatorCarolyn D'Almeida
Viols West CoordinatorMelita Denny
Play Day Coach LiaisonAlice Benedict
WebmasterRose Miller
Past PresidentDalton Cantey
Member at LargePeter Ballinger
Member at LargeJohn Dornenburg
Member at LargeRobin Easterbrook
Member at LargeMary Elliott
Member at LargeStuart Elliott
Member at LargeEllen Farwell
Member at LargeJulie Jeffrey
Member at LargeElisabeth Reed

Chapter Classifieds

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Early Music Links

Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica is an affiliate
of the San Francisco Early Music Society

For further information, contact our chapter president: Cindi Olwell.
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Site Updated 8/24/2018