The Viola da Gamba in Oregon

The mission of Cascadia Viols is to encourage the appreciation, study, and performance of the Viola da Gamba and related music in Oregon and SW Washington.


We sponsor workshops, concerts, play days, and other events promoting all sizes of viols. Everyone is invited to join: beginners, accomplished amateurs, professionals, teachers, composers and people who enjoy listening to the large repertoire of the viol. Learn more about our organization.

Latest News from Cascadia Viols

“We have been busy in the past three months. After a successful start to our in-person workshops with Larry Lipnik, Martha McGaughey came on May 14 with an exciting and challenging program exploring the music of John Jenkins. Dirk Freymuth assisted Martha in guiding us through the day. We were reminded of why Jenkins is a favorite composer for many of us. Jenkins is wonderfully varied, inventive, and harmonically intriguing…”


Our workshops are accessible to viol players of all levels.


Our presenters bring not only their viol expertise, but also their musical knowledge. Each workshop centers around a musical theme.


Our in-person workshops begin with the Grand Consort in the morning, where you’ll play one or two pieces with all workshop attendees. In the afternoon, you will be put into smaller groups based on your self-rated skill level. In both groups, you’ll have the opportunity to work on your ensemble skills.

Join us for our next workshop with Wendy Gillespie

Elizabethan Music

December 3, 2022 8:30am – 4:00pm

$50 Members | $65 Non-Members

Proof of Vaccination Required

Registration required by November 26

Join Cascadia Viols

We have a number of workshops every year, and a quarterly newsletter with music and news of interest to the viol community. Our online workshops are free to members, and our in-person workshops are available at a reduced fee.


Membership is $35 per year.