Upcoming: Society Meeting and Second Annual Guitar Festival!

We are fast approaching the exciting summit of 2018 with the pending Guitar Society Meeting on June 4th followed by the 2nd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival on Friday June 8th and Saturday 9th.

Many of you know Cameron O’Connor who will be opening the festival for us on Friday June 8th and we are all excited to hear his exceptional talent in the world of classical guitar. But should you want to know more about Grisha Goryachev who is the Saturday night concert maestro, I recommend you read Tom Strini’s post on the Corvallis Review which he published after interviewing Grisha. Tom is a great writer and Grisha an extraordinary guitarist with a fascinating history so I highly recommend you check out the collision of these two talents here:

Also check out the following video which summarizes the Festival:



Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

The featured artists for the upcoming Guitar Society meeting are the newly formed OSU Guitar Ensemble under the baton of Cameron O’Connor. The members of the growing ensemble include OSU students as well as members of the Guitar Society. This will be a great way to wrap up the first six months of Society meetings for 2018 that have featured great artists, workshops, music, and community participation.

The workshop at the meeting will be conducted by our very own Berto Boyd on the subject of music theory. Come along, bring your guitar and join in, or just bring your ears to enjoy a wonderful evening of local music.

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Guitar Workshop on Music Theory by Berto Boyd
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: OSU Guitar Ensemble directed by Cameron O’Connor

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.



Weekend of June 8th and 9th
Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church 8th St Downtown Corvallis


Tickets available downtown Corvallis at Grassroots Books and Music on 2nd St. and tickets are also available online at Brown Paper Tickets:

Fri. June 8th Cameron O’Connor $15 advanced $20 at the door
Sat. Jun 9th Grisha Goryachev $20 advanced $25 at the door
A festival package including tickets for both concerts and a Festival T Shirt featuring this beautiful design by local artist Jennifer Lommers is available for $52

Design by Jennifer Lommers

All festival events will take place at the 1st Presbyterian Church downtown Corvallis: 114 SW 8th St.

Friday  June 8th
7:30pm                         Opening Concert: Classical Maestro Cameron O’Connor

Saturday June 9th
10:00am – 12:00pm Masterclass with Grisha Goryachev: 4 students, 30 mins each
                Free and open to the public: In the Sanctuary

12:00 – 1:00pm                 LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00pm            Workshop with Cameron O’Connor & Tom Strini: Exhibition and demonstration of historically significant and famous guitars from an anonymous private collection. Join moderator Tom Strini and performer Cameron O’Connor for a discussion on the development of the guitar through showcasing a 100-year span of instruments from builders Ramirez, Hauser II, Romanillos, and Elliot.
Location:  Free and open to the public: In the Sanctuary

2:00 – 3:00pm            Workshop with Berto Boyd & Grant Ruiz: How to play Flamenco Rumba: Learn to play the popular 4/4 rhythm from Spain. Students will learn basic strumming patterns & techniques with an introduction of how to improvise over the chord changes. Bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

3:00 – 3:15pm                    BREAK

3:15 – 4:15pm             Workshop with Mickey Jones:  Practice Techniques for the Hands and the Mind: An introduction to practice approaches that will help the guitarist get the most out of their practices by addressing focus, concentration, problem solving, and musical imagination. Appropriate for all levels, bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

4:15 – 5:15pm              Workshop with Mario Diaz (of the Oregon Guitar Quartet) : Musica Costeña: An introduction to the instruments and different musical forms from the coast of Peru. We will break down the respective rhythms and accompaniment techniques in Landó, Festejo, Marinera and more. Bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

5:15 – 7pm                       DINNER

7:30pm- —                 Closing Concert: Flamenco/Classical Maestro Grisha Goryachev


Date: June 2nd, 2018
Time: 9:30 pm  to  1:00 pm
Members of the Guitar Society will be performing at the farmers market June 2nd and promoting the upcoming Guitar Festival. Come along and check it out and, if you want to play, let me know!

I look forward to seeing you on June 4th at our next monthly meeting,

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

March Newsletter and Events Vol 2.

OUR Spring Concert is THIS WEEKEND!

Ensemble Demitasse is  Cameron O’Connor (guitar) and Hui Wu (piano)
Presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society and The Arts Center
Sunday April 8th 2018 3pm – 5pm
Venue: The Arts Center

Tickets $25 Available at Grass Roots Books and Music, Corvallis, and on line at Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3355559

We are very pleased to be working with the The Arts Center to present the spring concert on the afternoon of Sunday April 8th at the The Arts Center, downtown Corvallis. This promises to be a fantastic musical experience featuring two top flight musicians who will be performing a combination of solo and duet works.

Here is a video of them performing Fandango by Boccherini:

You can check out more about these two great talents on their respective websites:

The local Guitar maestro Cameron O’Connor
Pianist Hui Wu
And feel free to share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/194089658031485/

Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society