Corvallis Guitar Society Events in December 2023

Bringing Local Guitarists Out of the Woodwork


  • Our next Guitar Society Meeting is on Monday December 4th, 2023 (first Monday of the month) at Odd Fellows Hall and will begin at 7:15 pm
  • James Edwards, Classical Guitarist, and Andrew Ehrlich are our Featured Artists for December 4th – James will be performing the guitar, and Andrew, the violinist, will join James for some pieces combining the Guitar and Violin 😊
  • Jon Sharp will be running the Ensemble Session; the music scores are available (see below) and any one of you are delighted to join in and play.
  • The Open Stage is an opportunity for anyone to play classical guitar music – beginners, intermediate, and advanced!
  • The After School Guitar Program is continuing group lessons and private lessons at Odd Fellows on Monday December 4th at 6:00pm run by Jacob Ripley.
  • The second After School Guitar Program is on Monday December 18th at 6:00pm run by Jacob Ripley, and he also provides The Community Beginning Lesson for people of all ages from 7:00pm to 7:30pm at Odd Fellows.
  • Cameron O’Conner is running the OSU Guitar Ensemble Concert at 7pm at the Community Hall Room 303 on December 6th. This is available to any of you for free 😊

Corvallis Guitar Society Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is on Monday, December 4th 2023, 7:15pm – 9:15pm
Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

The Agenda
7:15 – 7:20 pm Welcome
7:20 – 8:05 pm James Bishop Edwards and Andrew Ehrlich Featured Artists
8: 05 – 8:15 pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:15 – 8:45 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: See below for the Guitar Ensemble music – everyone is welcome to play in the group!
8:45 – 9:15 pm Open Stage: beginners, intermediates, and advanced guitarists are all welcome to come and share their music with us.

Featured Artists James Bishop Edwards and Andrew Ehrlich

James Bishop Edwards

James Bishop-Edwards has been a performer, teacher, composer and recording artist for over 35 years.  He plays not only the rich and varied traditional repertoire, but also his own compositions and contemporary genres as well.  James plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the five-course guitar and eight-course lute.  He was head of the Guitar Department at Southern Oregon University in Ashland for several years, and previously on the faculty as Guitar Instructor at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. James has over twenty recordings to his credit, which feature his arrangements of American and European classics.  He has also worked in duo with vocalists, flutists, violinists, etc. and in collaboration with theatre and dance companies as composer/performer. James’ current activities include composing new works for guitar, collaborative concerts with various ensembles, and working on a historical compendium of American guitar music.

Andrew Ehrlich

You can hear Andrew playing with James on YouTube performing music by Jason Heald

Open Guitar Ensemble
Jon Sharp 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, and maybe let Jon know ahead of time – his email address 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 of the three pieces for guitar ensemble are free, and open to the public and are all included in The Forrest Guitar Ensembles Trios in the group “Ten Carols” arranged for guitar Trio by Andrew Forrest.

Ensemble Scores & Parts
The Forrest Guitar Ensembles are part of “Ten Carrols”
1) O, Little Town of Bethlehem
2) Ding Dong Merrily On High
3) Wassail Song
Click on this ensemble score – Forrest Guitar online, in order to have access to the three parts which are numbers 1, 7, and 10 of the “Ten Carrols”.

Online Recordings of Three Ensemble Pieces

All three pieces have an online recording on YouTube that you can use to practice:

  1. O, Little Town of Bethlehem
    The recording is available here on YouTube (click on it) and play along with:

2) Ding Dong Merrily on High
This is also a performance on YouTube that you can play along with:

3) Wassail Song
This is also a performance on YouTube that you can play along with:

Open Stage
The Open Stage at the Corvallis Guitar Society monthly meeting is available for anyone to play their own music featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced 😊

After School Guitar Program & Community Beginning Lesson

Jacob Ripley and Isaac Engel are continuing the After School Guitar Program free and open to the public. 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.

Jacob also provides Community Beginning Lesson for people of all ages, so anyone can come for this lesson.

Feel free to come along and meet up with Jacob and Isaac at their sessions if you are interested, and if you don’t have a guitar, we can lend you one!

For more information contact Jacob on jacob.ripley[email protected]  or phone 541 357 2513, or contact Isaac Engel [email protected] or phone 971 718 4535 and you can view his website:

Times are as follows:
First Monday of the month at Odd Fellows Hall
6:00pm to 7:00pm is the After School Guitar Program (group lesson and ensemble)
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 Community Beginning group lesson
Entrance to all the above events is open to the public (donations gratefully received). Location:Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333. The entrance door is between New Morning Bakery and Sedlaks Boots and Shoes.


Best Regards
Jon Sharp, President Corvallis Guitar Society

Corvallis Guitar Festival November 10th and 11th 2023

Festival Location:

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97333

Festival Activities:

Friday November 10th
7:00pm- 9:00pm     Full Concert by Steve Lin
Tickets Available online, and at the entrance door.

Opening Ensemble Concert by Cameron O’Connor at the beginning of the concert

Saturday November 11th
10:00am – 11:00am          Steve Lin Technique Workshop – bring your guitar, and music stand to participate in this session.
Free and open to the public

11:15am – 12:15pm          Composer Jason Heald explaining about writing for guitar music, and specifically talking about his music. He’ll be able to address basic points about composing for the guitar.
Free and open to the public

1:30pm – 2:30pm              Masterclass with William Kanengiser.
2 students, 30 mins each. And the students are Jacob Ripley and Brandon Azbill
Free and open to the public

2:30pm – 3:45pm              Vendor Exhibit in the Foyer supported by Travis Johnson, Peter Tsiorba, Greg Miller, & Max Sipe

Free and open to the public

3:45pm – 4:45pm              Featured Luthier Exhibition Guitars played for the audience in the main Sanctuary Space. Travis Johnson will be the performer for this session.
Free and open to the public

7:00pm – 9:00pm   Full Concert by William Kanengiser.
Tickets Available online, and at the entrance door

Opening Ensemble Concert by Cameron O’Connor at the beginning of the concert

Steve Lin

California virtuoso Steve Lin opens the festival on Nov. 10 at 7:00pm. Described as “virtuosic…elegant…and romantic” (Soundboard) amd “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory,” (Classical Guitar) Steve Lin is among the most engaging players of his generation.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Taiwanese Folk Songs, arranged by Nathan Kolosko
Lover’s Broken Heart                                                                          Tien-Wang Chou
Longing for the Spring Wind                                                               Tsan-Fu Yao
Black, Black Sky                                                                                 Traditional Taiwanese

Music from Studio Ghibli, arranged by Steve Lin
One Summer’s Day (from Spirited Away)                                          Joe Hisaishi
Ashitaka and San (from Princess Mononoke)

Sonata in C major, BWV 1005                                                            J.S. Bach
Adagio – Fuga – Largo – Allegro Assai

Porro (from Suite Colombiana No.2)                                                  Gentil Montaña
Tanti Anni Prima (arranged by Steve Lin)                                          Astor Piazzolla
Lamentos do Morro (transcribed by Paulo Bellinati)                          Garoto

William Kanengiser

William Kanengiser is the star on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:00pm.
He has forged a career that expands the possibilities of the classical guitar. William is a prize-winner in major competitions (1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Toronto Guitar ’81) he has toured throughout North America, Asia, and Europe with his innovative programs and expressive musicianship. He recorded four CD’s for the GSP label, playing music as diverse as Caribbean, Eastern European, and jazz. A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, he has given master classes around the world and produced two instructional videos. An active proponent of new music, he recently received a grant from the Augustine Foundation for his “Diaspora Project,” commissioning seven new works focusing on issues of migration and assimilation.
As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser has given hundreds of recitals and concerto appearances around the world, and has recorded over a dozen releases. Their Telarc release “LAGQ Latin” was nominated for a GRAMMY®, and it was their Telarc title “LAGQ’S Guitar Heroes” which won a GRAMMY® in 2005 as the best classical crossover recording.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Sevillana (Fantasia), Op. 29 (1923)                                  Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
English Suite (1967)                                                               John Duarte (1919-2004)
Folk Song
Round Dance
Reflections on the Life of the Dranyen (2021) *       Andrea Clearfield (b.1960)
The Bootlegger’s Tale (2019) *                                        Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)
Lament for a Broken Still
Ode to Whisky, with a Couple of Doubles
Cat and Mouse Interlude
Head for the Hills!
Beyond the Horizon *                                                          Matthew Dunne (b. 1959)
The Village
The Sea
The Horizon
Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements (1956-7)        Léo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Afro-Cuban Lullaby
Danza Carecterística 
Three African Sketches (1996)                                        Dušan Bogdanović (b. 1955)
Allegro ritmico
Allegro ritmico
From “Sketches for Friends” (1994)                            Brian Head (b. 1964)
Brookland Boogie

Cameron O’Connor

Cameron O’Connor provides wonderful musical lessons teaching at the faculty of Oregon State University. Guitar Ensemble lessons is one of the sessions he teaches which he then sets up for concerts. He will be leading the Ensemble for 20 minutes on both Friday and Saturday at the Festival prior to Steve and Michael and he has encouraged people to be part of the ensemble both including students from OSU, and guitarists who live in and near Corvallis.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Valses Poeticos           Enrique Granados
1. Melodioso
2. Tempo de valse noble
3. Tempo de Valse lente
4. Allegro humoristico
5. Allegretto
6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)
Mother Sea                  Joe Hisaishi arr. Cameron O’Conner
Fool on the Hill         Lennon/McCartney arr. Brouwer Transc. Cameron O’Connor

Cost of Activities at the Festival

Full Access Festival Pass                                                               $45.00
Full Access Pass enables entry into both evening concerts.

Steve Lin Concert – Friday Nov 10, 7PM                                  $25.00
This ticket enables entry into the Friday evening concert featuring guitarist Steve Lin.

Steve Lin Concert – Group Discount                                          $18.00
Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required.

William Kanengiser Concert – Saturday Nov 11, 7PM       $30.00
This ticket enables entry into the Saturday evening concert featuring guitarist William Kanengiser.

William Kanengiser Concert – Group Discount                   $22.00
Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required.

Student ticket                                                                                  $10.00
Student ticket enables entry into all events with student ID.

Children under 12 are free.

Donations for Corvallis Guitar Society are well received.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society