Newsletter February 2017

Dear Guitar Friends,
Odd Fellows Hall is turning out to be a great venue for our monthly meetings both from an aesthetic and acoustic perspective. No amplification required, so we can just enjoy the natural sound of our guitars! Adam Scramstad was our featured artist on February 6th and he delivered an amazing concert featuring acoustic blues and fingerstyle music inspired by the likes of John Fahey, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters. I have to say that Adam is emerging as one of the best local musicians I have had the pleasure to hear and, if you missed the February meeting, keep your eyes and ears open as he will likely be back!

Looking forward to our Monday March 6th meeting we have another extraordinary guitarist who will be our featured artist; Russian-born and Israeli-raised classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon has been widely recognized for his musicality and technical ability:

 “…If there were anyone in the classical guitar world that could manage to combine musical elegance with architectural logic, it would be Yuri Liberzon.”   – Classical Guitar Magazine.

If you want to know more, check out his website: Though I recommend you don’t miss the opportunity to hear his prodigious talent at the Guitar Society meeting. Entrance is FREE and open to the public (donations gratefully received).

The agenda for the March 6th Meeting is as follows:
7:00 – 7:05pm      Welcome
7:05 – 7:40pm Open Ensemble: bring your guitar, footstool and join in. Music can be downloaded from the website one week ahead of time.
7:40 – 8:10pm Open Stage: please share your music with us – all ages and abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artist Yuri Liberzon

Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333. The entrance is between New Morning Bakery and Sedlaks Boots and Shoes.

Music for the ensemble session will be posted to the website one week ahead of the meeting. We will be performing one of our members newly composed pieces called Zephyr (by Martin Erwig) during the ensemble along with other pieces. The guitar parts for Zephyr, including an MP3 of the piece to help with your preparation, are already posted on the website under the Media tab.

Upcoming Events
Looking forward we have more featured artists in the pipeline for your monthly meetings
James Bishop-Edwards – May
Michael Harding – June

PDX Classic Guitar Concert Series. Next up are Los Romeros on March 10th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Los Romeros are the world’s original guitar quartet enjoying their 55th anniversary (including natural transformations.) More details at:

Here in Corvallis the SAC Academy (OSU) are planning a summer guitar workshop run by our very own Mickey Jones that will provide an in-depth week of instruction on the concepts and techniques of classical guitar for students ages 11-18. It will take place on the OSU Campus July 10th to July 15th 2017. More details at:

Thank you and I hope to see you on March 6th.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

Ensemble Music Scores for February 6th Society Meeting

Here are the scores for the music we will be playing in the open ensemble session at the upcoming Guitar Society meeting on February 6th. Please download the scores ahead of the meeting, review which parts you would like to play, print them off and bring with you. I am delighted to point out that Zephyr is a piece written by Martin Erwig, one of our members, especially for the guitar ensemble!
If you can bring a music stand, that would be helpful too.

Threes Company Scores & Parts
If you want to play parts 3 or 4, Martin included a very helpful additional sheet that shows the chords for these parts. If your music reading skills are limited, but know chords, this is also a great way to join in!