About the VdGS-NE
The Viola da Gamba Society - New England is a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. We support the aims of the VdGSA, with special attention to viola da gamba activities in New England. These aims are to promote interest in the Viola da Gamba by educational and artistic programs such as workshops, lectures, master classes, and concerts.
We encourage all Viola da Gamba Players to become members of the VdGSA as well! The information and opportunities are great! To join, visit Join the VdGSA!
With members in all six New England states, as well as New York, New Jersey, and eastern Canada, the VdGS-NE is dedicated to promoting viol playing and related activities in the New England area. From the "First Gathering" in 1976, workshops have formed the backbone of the program of the Viola Da Gamba Society - New England. Three one-day workshops a year, led by master coaches, allow members to explore the viol literature through the music of an individual composer or of a particular repertoire or style, or to focus on specific aspects of viol consort playing.
To reach new audiences for the viola da gamba, the Society has established the Gian Lyman Silbiger grants - annual awards for the performance of sacred music with viols in a church or synagogue.
Other parts of the New England program include a newsletter, scholarships, bed-and-breakfast accommodations for the workshops, classes for beginners at every workshop, and occasional special coaches' seminars where teachers can explore issues of viol pedagogy. "Musick Meetings" sponsored by the Society provide an opportunity for viol students throughout the region to display their progress.
To learn about our current Officers, click on any name below for some information about them:
Past Presidents:Listed here are some of the names of those who have served as President of the Viola da Gamba Society - New England in the past, many of which you may recognize as very active and well known within the Early Music community:
Hannah Davidson, Joan Boorstein, Martha Davidson, Michael Hamill, Tracy Hoover, Ruth Markowitz, Chester Pearlman;
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