Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica
Site Updated 10/02/2013

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 John Mark.
  • Referrals to local viol teachers.
  • Cost of a normal membership is $40 per year, a student membership is $15 per year, and a household membership is $50 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, 2013-2014

September 14Elisabeth ReedEffective Use of your Entire Bow: An exploration of the three main types of bowing with exercises and musical examples.
October 12David MorrisVoices and Viols. Our music this time around will be a mixed bag of late Renaissance madrigals edited by Peter Ballinger and Leslie Gold of PRB Productions. Composers include Weelkes, Coperario and Sigismondo d'India. The styles, forms and moods will be all over the map, and it's all first-rate.
November 9Amy Brodo.
December 14Josh Lee.
January 18Farley Pearce.
FebruaryStanford Workshop with John Dornenburg and others.
March 8Julie Jeffrey and Peter Hallifax.
April 12Yukimi Kambe.
May 10Roy Whelden.
June 14Pacifica Chapter Concert for Friends/Family .

Chapter Officers, 2013-2014

PresidentDalton Cantey
Vice PresidentRicardo Hofer
Co-SecretaryCarolyn Butler
Co-SecretaryBetsy St. Aubin
TreasurerEllen Fisher
Newsletter EditorPeter Brodigan
Rental CoordinatorJohn Mark
VdGSA Chapter RepresentativeLee McRae
Coaching Liaison & WebmasterAlexandra Saur
Membership List CoordinatorRoy Whelden
Member at LargePeter Ballinger
Member at LargeMelita Denny
Member at LargeJohn Dornenburg
Member at LargeRobin Easterbrook
Member at LargeMary Elliott
Member at LargeStuart Elliott
Member at LargeEllen Farwell
Member at LargeJulie Jeffrey
Member at LargeLynn Lipetzky
Member at LargeJulie Morrisett
Member at LargeElisabeth Reed

Chapter Classifieds

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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