Viola da Gamba at Powers

Powers Music School in Belmont MA, fifty years old last year, 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. Instruments may be available to non- Powers students, if they are not required for the School's viol program. On June 13, 2015 Powers again 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:

>One year rate (Sept. to Sept.) $400 

>Rate per term (4 months) $200

>One time introductory rate (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

Powers also offers Viol Consort Classes and lessons with Jane Hershey. Currently classes meet on Tuesday from 11:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm. Lessons may be arranged by contacting the Registrar.

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 about the 2015-2016 calendar and other information, visit

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.
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