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Viola da Gamba Society of America
The national organization of which Pacific Northwest Viols is a chapter. The VdGSA sponsors an annual Conclave each summer. It is attended by up to 200 viol players and is held at venues rotating from East Coast to Midwest to West Coast. In 2010 Conclave attendees enjoyed the setting and facilities of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. 2011’s Conclave will take place at Saint Xavier University, near Chicago. VdGSA also has extensive publication and educational outreach programs, a viol rental program, grants for young performers, and much more.
Early Music Seattle
An organization that presents both a series of concerts in its International Series and recitals in more intimate settings. It was the prime mover in establishing Seattle's vibrant early music scene and actively engages in support of early music activities on all levels. Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO) is now merged with Early Music Seattle (formerly the Early Music Guild). SBO concerts offerings are listed on the EMS website.
Seattle Recorder Society
A local group that holds monthly meetings with programs of interest to recorder players and also musicians who play viols and “buzzies.” It sponsors a biennial Early Music Workshop at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington.
Early Music America
EMA is a national service and advocacy organization for professional and amateur players and singers of Early Music, ensembles, instrument and bow makers, academics, musicologists, and others involved or interested in Early Music.  EMA members enjoy free access to the Grove Dictionary of Music, listings of North American Early Music concerts, subscription to Early Music magazine, and notification of EMA competitions. EMA also offers a YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/EMAEarlyMusicAmerica, and downloadable early music clips at www.earlymusic.org/listen-now.
For short essays and pictures of baroque instruments, often contrasted with their modern counterparts, and complemented by corresponding music examples, visit the following excellent websites:
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)
Early Instrument Database by Ross W. Duffin.
Baroque Learning Centre
Tafelmusik from the Baroque Learning Centre.
Orpheon
An elegant display of one of the world's most unique and extensive collections of early stringed instruments, the earliest of which is a Gasparo da Saló tenor viol ca. 1560.

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