September Activities & Newsletter Vol. I

Dear Guitar Friends,
Welcome back, I hope you all had a great summer reflecting in the glow of a wonderful guitar festival in June. Looking forward here’s a summary of what’s coming next:

  • We kick off again in September with the next Guitar Society Meeting on Monday September 11th, 7-9pm at Oddfellows Hall downtown Corvallis.
    • Note this is NOT the first Monday because that is Labor Day, but rather the Second Monday.
  • Featured Artist for the September meeting will be Ed Dunsavage, a great jazz guitarist from Ashland.
  • We have lined up featured artists for our monthly meetings out through February 2018:
    October – Scott Kritzer
    November – Mario Diaz
    December – Oregon Guitar Quartet
    February – Jarvis-Thomas Classical guitar duo
  • Planning is underway for other events, future concerts, and the 2018 guitar festival.
  • Read on…

Next Guitar Society Meeting Monday September 11th
We will kick off the second half of the year with our Guitar Society Meeting on September 11th We will be playing more ensemble music arranged by James Bishop Edwards, plus new material that will be posted to the website one week ahead of the meeting. There will be an open stage session as usual for people to get up on stage and play – all acoustic guitar styles are welcome.

I am delighted to announce that our featured artist for September will be Ed Dunsavage. Ed is a guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University and works as artistic and education director for the Siskiyou Music Project, also in Ashland. His trio was voted Favorite Jazz Group in the Ashland 2017 Sneak Preview Readers Poll! Some of his musical influences are Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Ralph Towner. Ed has performed at many venues and festivals all over the west coast and we are honored to have him share his music with us right here in Corvallis!

Check out a couple of YouTube videos of Ed performing:

So bring your own guitar and join in with the Ensemble and share your own music with us during the open stage session – ALL levels of music are very welcome, then sit back and enjoy the music of Ed Dunsavage.

September Meeting Agenda
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Open Ensemble: bring your guitar, footstool and join in. Music can be downloaded from the website one week ahead of time.
7:35 – 8:10pm Open Stage
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artist Ed Dunsavage

Entrance is FREE and open to the public (donations gratefully received).

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

Thank you and I hope to see you on September 11th.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

First Corvallis Guitar Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to the First Corvallis Guitar Festival June 9th and 10th and joined in the fun and enjoyed the amazing talent we had on stage. Our headline artist Adam del Monte put on a fantastic concert of classical and flamenco music on Saturday night and wowed the audience. If you missed it, check out this snippet of his concert…


@adamdelmonte tearing up some #bulerias on his encore for the recent #CorvallisGuitarFestival #flamencoguitar #corvallisguitarsociety #guitarfestival

Posted by Berto Boyd – Flamenco Guitarist and Composer on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

His Master Class Saturday morning was very insightful and I would like to thank local students Devon, Nathan, Paige, and Raven who took to the stage to perform for Adam during that session.

The workshops that were free and open to the public on Saturday afternoon were very well attended and people relished the chance to learn from some of the great local teachers & performers we have in Corvallis including Mickey Jones and Berto Boyd. And rising star Jaxon Williams, an Oregonian and Fulbright Scholar who opened the festival for us on Friday night with a wonderful performance and a great program, and shared his insights into what makes him so good with our workshop attendees. Thank you Jaxon!

We were very pleased with the turnout which surpassed our expectations and more so with the tremendous enthusiasm expressed by everyone who came. I would like to express my gratitude to the Benton County Cultural Coalition whose grant made this event possible as well as to our sponsors Shelton Faretta Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, Jon Sharp Guitar and Tom Strini.

I would like to thank Wayne and Lily from Hilltop Music, Phoenix Oregon, who displayed wonderful collection of fine instruments, current and historical, for our festival including a Hernandez guitar from 1922.

And finally thank you to our Board members for the hours of hard work they put in voluntarily. We are already looking forward to the Second Corvallis Guitar Festival!