October 2018: Corvallis Guitar Society Newsletter


Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis

Free & Open to the Public

Dear Guitar Friends,

It’s already time for the next Guitar Society meeting and I am delighted to announce that jazz guitarist Will Brahm, will be our featured artist. Born in Portland Oregon, Will graduated from the Cole Conservatory of music at Cal State Long Beach, LA in 2012 and went on to form his world music group “Homenaje“, releasing their debut album “La Mariposa y el Mentiroso” in 2017. He tours extensively within the US and has also toured to Asia, Canada, and Europe with his music. If you like Pat Metheny, you will like Will Brahm! Check out his website for more details: http://willbrahm.com/

Also at the October 1st meeting we will continue the Open Guitar Ensemble where EVERYONE is welcome to bring their guitar and join in. The ensemble music is already posted to the website:

http://corvallisguitarsociety.org/ensemble-music-2018-society-meeting/ – download the scores and decide which parts you might like to play, print them out and bring to the meeting. The goal of the Open Ensemble is to perform at the first Winter Guitar Concert which will take place at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on Saturday December 15th. It’s okay if you choose not to be in the concert – still bring your guitar to the Society meeting and join in!

AGENDA MONDAY October 1st 2018
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:40 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: check out the music and download from the website.

7:45 – 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 Artist: Will Brahm

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.

Upcoming Guitar Society Meetings

Our Artistic Director Berto Boyd has done a great job lining up top quality featured artists for our 2018 Guitar Society Meetings:

Monday November 5th: Wenjun Qi

Monday December 3rd: David Tutmark

Winter Guitar Concert Series: Corvallis Guitar Society and Corvallis-Benton County Library

The Guitar Society has set up a Winter Concert Series in cooperation with the Corvallis-Benton County Library. The first concert will be on Saturday December 15th from 3pm – 4pm and will feature music by local guitar aficionados and the Guitar Society Group Ensemble.  All guitarists are welcome to participate in the Guitar Society Group Ensemble section of the program; rehearsals take place at all the upcoming First Monday Guitar Society Meetings, and the music is already posted to the website; download the scores and decide which parts you might like to play, print them out and bring to the meetings.

The Winter Concert Series is as follows:

Saturday December 15th, 3-4pm Guitar Society Group Ensemble and local guitarists

Saturday January 19th, 3-4pm Program TBD

Saturday February 16th, 3-4pm Program TBD


The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra Featuring Berto Boyd

Our Artistic Director and guitar Maestro Berto Boyd will be performing Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major together with the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra.

 Saturday December 1st 7pm and Sunday December 2nd 3pm 2018

Venue:  Chemeketa Community College Auditorium – Bldg 6, E Campus Loop
4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97309

Information and Tickets are available now: http://www.salemphil.org/concerts/upcoming-performances/

Program: SIBELIUS, Spring Song, CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major, BRAHMS, Symphony No. 1

The inaugural concert of OSU’s Guitar En Route Series

Featuring Oregon Symphony violinist Ryan Lee, along with OSU’s own guitarist Cameron O’Connor in:  A Tale of Two Cities – a concert juxtaposing the guitar cultures of 1820s Vienna and modern-day Buenos Aires and featuring the music of Maximo Diego Pujol, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, and Mauro Giuliani.

Entrance is FREE

Tuesday Nov.  6th  at 7:30pm

Venue: Community Hall 303 (Formerly Benton Hall 303)

The OSU Wind Ensemble Featuring Cameron O’Connor

Features OSU guitar faculty Cameron O’Connor in the Oregon premiere of Stephen Goss’ Concerto of Colours, an adventurous and virtuosic new work.

Sunday December 2nd , 3pm

Venue: the La Sells Stewart Center.

The OSU Guitar Ensemble Fall Concert

Join us for an evening of both large and intimate chamber works featuring arrangements of Handel, Bach, Faure, and more!

Wednesday, Nov. 28th  at 7 pm

Venue: Community Hall 303 (formerly Benton Hall).

I look forward to seeing you on October 1st at our next monthly meeting,

Best Regards

Jon Sharp

President, Corvallis Guitar Society

Ensemble Music for 2018 Society Meetings & Winter Concert

Here is the ensemble music we will be playing during the Open Group Ensemble session at the upcoming Guitar Society meetings in 2018. Participation in the ensemble is open to everyone, all ages and ability.

Download the music scores and decide which pieces you wish to play. Look at each of the guitar parts for those pieces and print out the  ones you wish to try out, and bring them along with your guitar to the meeting. The parts in each piece offer different levels of performance for players from beginners to advanced.

We will work on these pieces at each Guitar Society Meeting between now and December with the goal of performing them at the first Winter Concert at the Corvallis Benton-County Library on December 15th. You can choose to play in the concert or not – it’s up to you. Either way you are welcome to come along and enjoy playing in the group ensemble at the meetings. It’s all about fun and enjoyment, no pressure, and our goal as a Guitar Society to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork!

Here are the scores:

Never Weatherbeaten Sail


El Testament d Amelia Score and Parts

Bai Mudan arr Andrew Forrest

La Paloma


Here’s an MP3 for Carrickfergus

Or follow along with Dan Jones, the composer, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn-wuGNeIsE

The following two pieces have been composed especially for the Guitar Society by Oregonian Jason Heald! Below the scores is an audio file of the full scores, to give you an idea of how the complete score sounds. There are two audio files for Fum Fum Fum, the first one being at the normal tempo, while the second is at a slower 76 bpm.

El Cant des Aucels edits – Full Score

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 1

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 2

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 3

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 4

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Full Score

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 1

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 2

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 3

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 4

The Meeting takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, downtown Corvallis, from 7pm – 9pm. Check out the latest Newsletter for more information on the meeting and upcoming events by scrolling down to the next post.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday 10th.

Best Regards

Jon Sharp