September Guitar Society Sessions Starting September 12th 2022


  1. We are re-starting our regular monthly meetings on Monday September 12th at Odd Fellows Hall and will begin at 7:15 pm
  2. Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz are the featured artists on Monday September 12th at the Guitar Society monthly meeting.
  3. Isaac Engel will be running the Ensemble Session, and the music is available online for any of you who wish to join in and play (see below)
  4. Zoe Moulton and Isaac Engel are starting up an After School Guitar Program featuring group lessons, private lessons and ensemble at Odd Fellows beginning September 12th 2022.

After School Guitar Program
Zoe Moulin and Isaac Engel are starting up the After School Guitar Program in the Corvallis school district. Focusing on mid and high school students, the goal is to raise their awareness and understanding of the guitar instrument by featuring group lessons, private lessons and ensemble music.

The After School Guitar Program will be run twice a month and start on Monday September 12th 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The first monthly session that will be ahead of the Guitar Society Monthly meeting, will feature a group lesson and ensemble session, and will be run by Isaac. The second monthly session run by Zoe will be the Third Monday of the month, starting on September 19th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and will feature group, and private lessons. Feel free to come along and meet up with Zoe and Isaac at their opening sessions if you are interested in their sessions, and if you don’t have a guitar, we can lend you one!
For more information contact Zoe on [email protected] or 541 602 3928.

After School Guitar Program and Guitar Society Agenda Event Timing, September 2022 to June 2023
First Monday of the month at Odd Fellows Hall
6:00pm to 7:00pm is the After School Guitar Program (group lesson and ensemble)
7:15pm to 9:15pm is the Corvallis Guitar Society Monthly session – Ensemble, Open Stage, Featured Artists

Third Monday of the Month at Odd Fellows Hall
6:00pm to 6:50pm is the After School Guitar Program group lesson
7:00pm to 7:30pm is the After School Guitar Program private lesson

Corvallis Guitar Society Monthly Meeting
Our next monthly meeting is on Monday, September 12th, 7:15 – 9:15pm
Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

The agenda features Open Ensemble, Open Stage, and Featured Artists:

7:15 – 7:20 pm Welcome
7:20 – 7:50 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: See below for the Guitar Ensemble music – everyone is welcome!
7:50 – 8:20 pm Open Stage: beginners, intermediates, and advanced guitarists are all welcome to come and share their music with us.
8:20 – 8:30 pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:30 – 9:15 pm Berto Boyd & Grant Ruiz Flamenco Featured Artists

Featured Artists Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz

Berto Boyd, our Artistic Director, studied in Spain and performed throughout the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and Jazz artists. He is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original Flamenco music, and I think he is a great solo, ensemble, and concert guitarist! He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is also Musical Director for Flamenco Pacifico, and Musical Director of Arte y Pasion (San Antonio, Texas).

Grant Ruiz has played classical guitar since he was 10 years old and, after studying flamenco in Spain and with several renowned artists in the U.S., he became an active performer and teacher in Southern Oregon. He performs with Berto in the wonderful Flamenco Pacifico. He has also performed in several productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been a member of  Amor Flamenco, Alba Flamenca and currently Duo Flamenco with percussionist Terry Longshore, and is on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.

Open Guitar Ensemble

Isaac Engle is running the Open Guitar Ensemble in which anyone is welcome to participate.
When you look at the pieces, decide which part you wish to play, let Isaac Engel know as soon as you can – his email is [email protected], and bring the music with you to the Guitar Society meeting.

Here are the three pieces of music for the ensemble session:
All three of the pieces for guitar ensemble are free, and open to the public, and click on them here to download them:

  1. Sheep May Safely Graze by JS Bach, Arr. by A. Forrest
  2. Suite Francaise by Francis Poulenc, Arr. by A. Forrest. Note: of the seven parts of this score, we are only doing No. 3 Petite Marche Militaire
  3. Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, Arr. by Lou Warde

Then you can practice your parts ahead of time with the following online recordings :

Sheep May Safely Graze:

No. 3 Petite Marche Militaire: (This one is on YouTube)

Finlandia: (This one is on the Guitar Ensemble Library) And click on Finlandia under “Beginning Quartets”

Open Stage
The Open Stage is available for anyone to play their own music featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Entrance to all the events is 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.


Best Regards
Jon Sharp, President Corvallis Guitar Society