Newsletter January 2018

Dear Guitar Friends,
Happy New Year to everyone. We are looking forward to a great year of guitar activities and here’s an overview of what is coming up:

Winter Concert Series Continues at the Corvallis-Benton County Library Continues …
Saturday Jan 20th  2018, 3:00 PM
Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz will perform original Flamenco music from their CD “Convivencia”. Their group Flamenco Pacifico has been a favorite among Oregon festivals such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Britt Fest and DaVinci days. Web:

Saturday Feb 17th  2018, 3:00 PM
This concert will feature music from South America including Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of Brazil’s greatest composers, along with Argentineans Jose Luis Merlin and others. We will also explore some of the modern compositions by American guitar maestro Andrew York and look back at early music from Europe that inspired the New World.

The Next Guitar Society meeting is Monday February 5th 7-9pm Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
We are very pleased to present local guitar duo John Jarvie and Peter Thomas from Eugene as our featured artists for the meeting. Check out their duets on YouTube, and come hear them play!
You might also like to hear this great rendition of Barrios’ La Catedral by John Jarvie played standing up J
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Guitar Workshop with Cameron O’Connor. Bring your guitar and plan on learning something from OSU’s classical Maestro!
7:40 – 8:10pm Open Stage; share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artists Eugene Guitar Duo John Jarvie and Peter Thomas
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.

Spring Concert Presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society and Corvallis Arts Center Sunday April 8th 2018
We are very pleased to be working with the Corvallis Arts Center to present the spring concert on the afternoon of Sunday April 8th. This promises to be a fantastic musical experience featuring two top flight musicians who will be performing a combination of solo and duet works. You can check out more about these two great talents on their respective websites:
New local Guitar maestro Cameron O’Connor
Pianist Hui Wu

Local Guitar/Ukulele Ensemble
For those of you interested in maintaining your guitar ensemble activities while we take a break at the Guitar Society, you may wish to join Anne Loewen’s guitar/ukulele ensemble which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10-11am in the Allison room at the Presbyterian Church. There is no charge for this meeting. For more info contact Anne at

Oregon State University’s SAC Academy
Guitar Ensemble (Tue/Thurs 4-5pm) includes bi-weekly rehearsals of classical and contemporary music and a March concert.  Rehearsal and ensemble techniques— being present and aware of your conductor and neighbors, non-verbal communication, researching repertoire— will be stressed in an effort to produce the best possible performance at the end of the term.
Group Guitar Class (Wed/Fri 4-5pm) is offered for those interested in developing basic guitar skills, including familiarity with reading notation and performing in small group settings.

Guitar Festival  Weekend of June 8th and 9th
Following the success of our first festival in 2017, we will be presenting Corvallis’ Second Annual Guitar Festival in June 2018. We are in the process of establishing the agenda for the festival, but we are delighted local maestro Cameron O’Connor is going to open the event for us with the Friday night concert. We are in the process of securing the Saturday Headline artist who, assuming all goes ahead, will be fabulous J

We wish you all the very best over the festive season and I hope to see you at the Society Meeting on February 5th.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

November Newsletter: Winter Season Events

Dear Guitar Friends,
Here’s a quick summary of all that is coming up in the guitar world in and around Corvallis over the festive season:

  • Monday December 4th 7:00 – 9:00 Guitar Society Meeting featuring the famous Oregon Guitar Quartet (whatever else you are doing, don’t miss this event!)
  • Contemporary Fado​ ​Singer​ Ramana​ ​Vieira​ ​​Performing​ ​Portuguese​ ​World Music,​ ​New​ ​and​ ​Old together with local guitar maestro Ricardo Cardenas from Eugene: Venues are​ ​La​ ​Baguette​ ​Music​ ​cafe​ ​Ashland​ ​Dec.​ ​7,​ ​Axe​ ​&​ ​Fiddle,​ ​Cottage​ ​Grove, Dec.​ ​8th​ ​& Coelho​ ​Winery,​ ​Amity,​ ​Dec.​ ​9th.
  • Saturday December 16th 3pm Corvallis Library Winter Guitar Concert featuring guitarists from the Corvallis Guitar Society performing festive and international ensemble, duet, and solo music.
  • The January Guitar Society meeting will be Monday January 8th 2016 (because the first Monday is January 1st)
  • Friday January 12th 12:00 noon OSU a’ La Carte Lunchtime concert in the Student Memorial Building featuring Jon Sharp classical guitar, and Soprano Rebecca Fromherz.
  • Saturday January 20th 3pm Corvallis Library Winter Guitar Concert Series featuring Flamenco Guitar Duo Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz

Details of all these events are as follows…

Monday December 4th Guitar Society Meeting 7pm at Odd Fellows Hall downtown Corvallis
We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s famous guitar quartets to our next meeting right here in Corvallis. Please mark your calendars and don’t miss this one! The Oregon Guitar Quartet is a critically acclaimed ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists residing in Portland, Oregon. The group’s members Mario Diaz, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have been performing and recording together for nearly a decade. Their 2010 debut album Something Wondrous Fair was met with outstanding approval. Soundboard’s Jim McCutcheon wrote, “…it is the joyousness, energy, and precision of the performance that convinces me that this group is one to hear.” Since then, the group has released five more exciting and unique recordings each receiving rave reviews. We are delighted to have them come to Corvallis and they will perform selections from their new album, “Scarlatti” along with a variety of other exciting works. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on this opportunity! You can find out more about the Oregon Guitar Quartet here:

Ensemble & Open Stage Sessions at the December 4th Meeting:
We rehearsed the ensemble music for the opening Winter Guitar Concert Series at Corvallis Library at the last CGS meeting on November 6th and will be doing the same at the upcoming meeting on December 4th. Check out the music on the website (see post below), bring your guitar and join in! Also, there will be an open stage session as usual for people to get up and share their music with us – all acoustic guitar styles are welcome.

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:45pm Open Ensemble: bring your guitar, footstool and join in. Music is already posted here on the website (see post below) and is the ensemble music for the December 16th concert.
7:45 – 8:10pm Open Stage
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artists:  The Oregon Guitar Quartet!

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.

Portuguese World Music Concert Series
Contemporary Fado​ ​Singer​ Ramana​ ​Vieira ​​Performing​ ​Portuguese​ ​World Music,​ ​New​ ​and​ ​Old together with local guitar maestro Ricardo Cardenas from Eugene. Oregonians will have a rare opportunity to hear Portuguese fado music performed live when California-based fado singer and composer Ramana Vieira brings her dramatic and powerful voice to the Willamette Valley for three concerts in December. Check out her website calendar for more details.
Also, if you want to hear her singing Fado style music, check out YouTube:

The Winter Guitar Concert Series at Corvallis Library, hosted by the Guitar Society
The Corvallis Guitar Society will also be hosting three one-hour concerts at the Corvallis Library. These concerts are FREE and open to the public, so tell your friends and come long for some enjoyable festive music from around the world.
Saturday December 16th 3pm Featuring members of the Guitar Society solos , duets, and ensembles.
Saturday January 20th 3pm Featuring Flamenco Duet Berto Boyd & Grant Ruiz
Saturday February 17th 3pm Featuring Jon Sharp classical guitar and Soprano Rebecca Fromherz

OSU a’ La Carte Concert Friday January 12th 12:00 Noon
Wonderful Soprano Rebecca Fromherz and I (classical guitarist Jon Sharp) will be kicking off the OSU a’ La Carte Lunchtime Concert Series in the New Year on Friday January 12th. This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969. The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting for approximately 45 minutes. We will be performing works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, John Dowland, Andrew York, and Jorge Morel.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the Society Meeting on December 4th .

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society