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Viols Of Houston Tax ID 27-3480840


Viols of Houston consists of over a dozen professional and amateur aficionados of the instrument.  The organization sponsors at least two concerts a year; hosts workshops with visiting artists; holds “Gamba Ramba” outreach gatherings to offer those interested a chance to learn the instrument; provides access to private instruction; offers outreach concerts to schools; and provides access to instrument rentals.
The organization began in about 2003 with an informal group that gathered on Thursday afternoons.  Barrett Sills, principal cellist of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera orchestras, organized the first meetings, and served as coach and teacher.  Occasionally Mr. Sills would hold workshops where people with an interest in the viol would come to try out the instrument.  Many current Viols of Houston members got their start on the viol in this way.  By 2005 membership had increased to the point where the group felt it was time to organize into a regional chapter of the Viola da Gamba Socitey of America.  William Pannill (a frequent host of viol events) then facilitated a donation to the VdGSA to purchase instruments for the Houston chapter (the organization currently owns four), which would then be available to rent to individual members.  The chapter was christened Viols of Houston.