About the VdGS-NE
The Viola da Gamba Society – New England is a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA). It supports 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 through educational and artistic programs such as workshops, lectures, master classes, and concerts.
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.
The Society has also sponsored concerts and masterclasses, and a series of mini-classes on topics of special or scholarly interest. To reach new audiences for the viola da gamba, the Society has established the Gian Lyman Silbiger grants – annual awards for the performance of music for voices and viols in a church, synagogue, or concert setting. (See “Programs”)
VdGS-NE activities also include a newsletter, scholarships, 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 play for each other.
Janet Haas – President
Anne Legene – Vice President
Martha Davidson – Recording Secretary
Martha Davidson – Corresponding Secretary
Sybil Kevy – Treasurer
Hannah Davison – Newsletter Editor
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:
Joan Boorstein, Hannah Davidson, Martha Davidson, Michael Hamill, Tracy Hoover, Carol Lewis, Ruth Markowitz, Chester Pearlman.