Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society
- PlayDays continue for 2022–23! PlayDays are held at Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito CA 94530.
- PlayDays include coached consort playing, as we did before COVID.
- COVID policy has changed: Please see PLAYDAY REGISTRATION page for more information.
- IMPORTANT: You must register for PlayDay if you want to play in the coached consorts. If you can’t do it online, please email Cindi Olwell.
- See PLAYDAYS for the year’s schedule of PlayDays.
About the Chapter
The Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society (PVdGS; also known as “Pacifica Viols”) is an association of viol enthusiasts in the broader San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most active early music centers in the U.S. Members include players (from novice to advanced), instrument makers, teachers and performers. If you love the music of the viola da gamba, or want to learn more about it, consider joining the Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society, a chapter of the national Viola da Gamba Society of America. Member benefits include:
- free MONTHLY PLAYDAYS from September to May (usually the second Saturday of the month). Our morning group session, led by a professional musician, is followed by both coached and informal consort playing sessions.
- a performance opportunity at our informal members’ recital of solos and consorts in June.
- our monthly members’ e-newsletter, containing information about the upcoming PlayDay and members’ activities, as well as upcoming concerts, workshops, and other events featuring the viol.
- the opportunity to rent a viol and bow from our collection of instruments for only $35/month.
- access to resource lists on our website, e.g., local viol teachers and where to get your viol repaired.
We support education and outreach activities related to the viol, and offer scholarships for students to attend viol workshops such as VIOLS WEST; this week-long intensive workshop in San Luis Obispo, organized by Pacifica Viols, is open to members and non-members alike (members of Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society receive a discount on registration fees).