Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica
Site Updated 11/13/2015

About the Chapter

The Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica, a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, is an association of viol enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. We enjoy playing chamber music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries (as well as some contemporary music) from England, France, Italy and Germany on treble, tenor and bass viols. Members include novice to advanced players, instrument makers, teachers and performers.

Membership Activities/Benefits

  • Monthly Saturday meetings for playing in ensembles with players of similar ability and coached by leading professional players.
  • Monthly Gamba News newsletter, September through June.
  • Viol rental program. For information on currently available instruments and rates, contact Lynn Lipetzky.
  • Referrals to local viol teachers.
  • Cost of a normal membership is $45 per year, a student membership is $15 per year, and a household membership is $55 per year, all of which includes attendance at the monthly consort meetings and the chapter's email announcements and monthly newsletter. A $15 non-playing membership includes the email announcements and monthly newsletter only.
  • To join or for more information, please fill out the membership form or email the Chapter.

Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2015-2016

September 12David MorrisI'm looking forward to spending the morning working on the four-part Suite in D minor by Matthew Locke (1621?-1677), an oft-overlooked composer active during those tumultuous decades in the middle of the 17th century.
October 10Marie Szuts.
November 14David MorrisVoices and Viols
December 12Frances Blaker.
January 9Shira Kammen.
February 6Stanford Workshop directed by John Dornenburg.
March 12William Skeen.
April 9Pat O'Scannell.
May 14Hallifax and Jeffrey.
June 4Pacifica Chapter Concert for Friends/Family .
July-August2016 VdGSA Conclave in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2012-2015

Chapter Officers and Board Members, 2015-2016 Season

President, Newsletter Editor, Play Day Consort CoordinatorDalton Cantey
Vice PresidentRicardo Hofer
Co-Secretary, VdGSA RepresentativeCarolyn Butler
Co-SecretaryBetsy St. Aubin
Treasurer, Membership List Manager, VdGSA RepresentativeEllen Fisher
Instrument Rental Program CoordinatorLynn Lipetzky
Viols West CoordinatorMelita Denny
Coaching Liaison & WebmasterAlexandra Saur
Past PresidentEllen Farwell
Member at LargePeter Ballinger
Member at LargeJohn Dornenburg
Member at LargeRobin Easterbrook
Member at LargeMary Elliott
Member at LargeStuart Elliott
Member at LargeJulie Jeffrey
Member at LargeElisabeth Reed
Member at LargeAdaiha MacAdam-Somer
Member at LargeCindi Kazarian
Member at LargeLynn Tetenbaum
Member at LargeAmy Warren

Chapter Classifieds

  • Large Jaye model tenor viol made by Lyn Elder in 1997. Curly maple with purfling around the front and back edges; dark rosewood fingerboard and pegs; open scroll. Excellent instrument with even sound throughout its range. Price with Kingham MTM hard case: $5000. See photo in section "About the Viol" on this website. Email

Early Music Links

Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica is an affiliate
of the San Francisco Early Music Society

For further information, contact our chapter president: Dalton Cantey.
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