Viols West Workshop

Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society


Viols West Workshop 2020 Online Social

3-5 pm on Sunday, August 9, 2020

Link for RSVP form

We are sad not to be able to have a workshop in person this year but we have a plan to see everyone in another way.

Please join us for a Princess Lucky’s themed Zoom event on Sunday, August 9. Bring your own tea (or other beverage of your choice) and visit old friends from the Viols West Workshop, stay connected with the viola da gamba community, and even make new friends. The focus of this event is to keep us all connected during trying times but also keep us all safe.

We will have a light and eclectic open mic moderated by our wonderful music directors Lawrence Lipnik and Rosamund Morley. If you would like to share something, sign-up to give a 3- to 5-minute presentation. Anyone is welcome to share a piece of music, a story, a poem, or the like. We want to hear from our friends!

There is no admission fee for this event but if you would like to give a donation to Pacifica to support our wonderful facilitators, it would be much appreciated!

Monday, August 3 – Last day to sign up for the open mic

Friday, August 7 – Zoom Tech Meeting – recommended for presenters and anyone who is new to using zoom.

Sunday, August 9 – Viols West Tea and Open Mic



Regular in-person workshop will be cancled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA

Lawrence Lipnik and Rosamund Morley, Music Directors

Melita Denny, Administrative Director


Erik Andersen
John Dornenburg
Julie Jeffrey
Lawrence Lipnik
Rosamund Morley
Elisabeth Reed
Mary Springfels
Arnie Tanimoto
Shanon Zusman


Viols West is a week-long summer workshop for viola da gamba players of all levels. In four classes each day, our excellent faculty provides instruction in technique, consort and solo literature. Evenings are filled with musical activities, including ad hoc consorts, mini classes or presentations, and a faculty concert, providing both formal and informal opportunities for participants to play, listen, and learn. The week begins with a welcome playing session on Sunday evening. Classes run Monday through Friday ending with a festive student concert on Friday night.The setting for the workshop is the campus of California Polytechnic State University, on the edge of San Luis Obispo, a peaceful town in the beautiful rolling hills of California’s central coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The brochure and registration form for 2020 will come out soon. In the meantime, you may view a copy of the 2018 brochure from the link above.

For any questions, please contact Melita Denny:; (805-835-9173)


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