ViolaMANIA! 4.0 The Post-Election Edition happens at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 11-11-19
  We’re back! Thanks to San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's Classical at the Freight, ViolaMANIA 4, The Post-Election Edition, promises to be our biggest and best violafest yet. The Northern California Viola Society invites you to bring a viola for $1 off admission and join us in our latest attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Most Violists Playing Together.  Hear the Bay Area’s top violists and learn a few new viola jokes.  Don’t miss the fun and great viola ensemble music. See the ViolaMANIA page for more info

Coach with a Pro!  Dust off your Telemann and join us for one or more of our new coaching evenings led by local viola luminaries to help participants with tricky spots, bowings, fingering tips and ensemble practice. We'll have good times with the Telemann! These will be informal events located around the area. See the Coach with a Pro page 


2019-20 Composer Competition  The NCVS is currently accepting submissions of works for unaccompanied viola for our composition contest. For more information, click here. 


The NCVS 2020 Young Violists Competition returns with a final round concert date of March 8, 2020. Applications will be accepted through January 6, 2020. 

The 2019 YVC winners:  
1st Place - Sophia Ines Valenti (Santa Rosa)
2nd Place, Best Bach and Best New Piece -Sydney Whipple (Oakland)
3rd Place - Vincenzo Calcagno - (Vallejo)

The Northern California Viola Society was honored to host the talented young Finalists who performed with Collaborative Pianist Extraordinaire, Lori Lack, on the afternoon of March 10th, 2019 at the San Francisco Community Music Center for our Young Violists Competition.

The six finalists and hometowns (in alphabetical order):

Vincenzo Calcagno - (Vallejo)
Emily Hwang -  (Palo Alto)
Shinwho Kwun- (San Ramon)
Yannie - (Redwood City)
Sophia Ines Valenti (Santa Rosa)
Sydney Whipple - (Oakland)

Congratulations to our finalists, and thank you to all the talented young violists who applied and sent in recorded auditions. Northern California has a young violist population to be proud of! The NCVS panel were impressed with the quality of all the applicants.

2019 NCVS YVC Details
March 10th
Awards, reception-4:30
(12pm finalists warm-up)
Community Music Center
544 Capp St., San Francisco


Ruth Ellen Rose, Violist with Earplay, Professor at UC Davis and UC Berkeley
Dr. Tom Tatton, former president of the American Viola Society
Patricia Whaley, Principal Violist with Symphony Silicon Valley

Each Finalist performed selections of viola repertoire plus our 2019 composition competition winning piece, "Out of Mud" by Denise Ondishko.

Email ncvs@norcalviola.org with questions.


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We held a very successful 2019 Young Violists Competition. The concert and finals of the competition took place March 10, 2019 at the San Francisco Community Music Center. This was open to outstanding young violists age 19 and under as of Jan 6, 2019. See the NCVS Young Violists Competition page (button above) for details. We are at work on a May 11, 2019 Spring Salon and a November 11, 2019 ViolaMania 4 - watch this space, and if you're interested, email us at ncvs@norcalviola.org to get involved! This non-profit organization management thing gets tricky, since all of us (volunteers) involved in running it are pretty busy with a variety of other things as well as trying to boost the community's love for all things viola. So, thanks for your patience but in reality more will happen if you get involved yourself and make it happen!

We wish you a wonderful 2019! Get in touch if you have any great ideas for new NCVS activities! Email us at ncvs@norcalviola.org.