Viols at Powers

Powers Music School in Belmont, MA continues to be a valuable resource for viol players around New England.  On June 15th. 2013, the School generously provided eight viols for use at the Boston Early Music Festival "Gamba Garden".  Every instrument was in use all day, as VdGS-NE volunteers entertained a continuous stream of interested musicians of all ages, showing them how to hold and play the viol. Powers’ commitment to supplying well-maintained rental viols to the community is part of the legacy of Ellen Powers, the first Director of the School.

Powers has viols available in all sizes for rental. Rates are as follows:

> $350 for a year, Sept. to Sept.

> $175 for half-year, Sept.-Jan. and Jan.-May

> $90 for 3 months, special short-term rate, non-renewable

Instruments may be rented at other times of year, as available.

To enquire about renting a viol, contact Registrar Evan Louden at 617-484-4696 or by email at

For more information about the School, go to

Powers also offers Viol Consort Classes (weekly and biweekly schedules, depending on the class) and private lessons, all with Jane Hershey. There are limited places available in these classes, which meet from 11:00-1:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 and noon-1:15.

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 dates for the current semester and other important information, Click Here: Powers Music School Calendar.

For other questions about schedules, fees etc. please contact the Powers Registar, or email Jane Hershey at Jane Hershey can also be reached by phone at 603-899-5036 

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