Viol Rental at Powers Music School

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Powers Music School in Belmont MA continues to be a valuable resource for viol players around New England. The School maintains a collection of rental viols – 7 basses, 6 tenors and 4 trebles. 

Non- Powers students may rent an instrument if it is not already in use by Powers students.  

For the last few years Powers has partnered with the Viola da Gamba Society of America and its New England chapter, the Viola da Gamba Society – New England by providing ten instruments for the Gamba Garden, a three hour “petting zoo” staffed by local viol players at the Boston Early Music Festival. Powers commitment to supporting the early music community is part of the legacy of the late Ellen Powers, viol player and first Director of the School, and the many generous donors of viols, bows, and cases over the years.

Powers has viols available in all sizes for rental. Rates are as follows:
Rate for 12 months $375
Rate for 6 months $200
Rate for 3 months $100

Instruments may be available to rent throughout the year.

To inquire about renting a viol, contact the Powers Registrar at 617-484-4696, or by email at

Children interested in playing the viol are especially welcome at Powers, with instrument rental fees waived for any young student enrolling in the School. For information, please visit their website.

Powers welcomes donations of both hard and soft viol cases for bass violas da gamba. Our cases have been used hard for many years, and replacements in good condition are welcome. Please contact Powers Music School if you have an unneeded case to donate. The School also gladly welcomes financial gifts for the maintenance of the Powers Viol Collection.