Viols West Workshop

Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society


Viols West Workshop

August 9-15, 2020

Sadly, this year’s workshop has been canceled due to COVID-19. We are looking at options for some sort of online workshop to keep the viol community connected.

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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