The Next Guitar Society Meeting is Monday April 1st 7-9pm

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

The featured artist for this meeting will be Brandon Azbill, a wonderful up-and-coming classical guitarist. Brandon is an active performer, teacher, and student in Portland, Oregon and currently, he’s finishing up his undergrad in Classical Guitar Performance at Portland State University. Brandon has already performed with many groups, including Central Oregon Symphony, Central Oregon Mastersingers, Opera Bend, PSU Guitar Orchestra, and as a soloist with the Community Orchestra of Central Oregon. Brandon is a Northwest Guitar Festival Competition finalist. He has been awarded scholarships from Portland State University, Sunriver Music Festival, & Chris Wilson Scholarship Fund.

Brandon Azbill

We are delighted to invite Brandon to perform for the Corvallis Guitar Society and witness the beginning of a wonderful career in music!
You can learn more about Brandon, including videos of his playing on his website: https://brandonazbill.com/

The April 1st meeting will also include our OPEN GUITAR ENSEMBLE SESSION. Popularity for this friendly group music session continues to grow, and continues to help bring local guitarists out of the woodwork. The music is posted on this website and includes parts suitable for all levels of playing. Check out the scores online https://corvallisguitarsociety.org , download the parts you would like to play and bring them along to the meeting with your guitar and join in! EVERYONE is welcome.

AGENDA MONDAY April 1st 2019
7:00 – 7:05 pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:45 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: check out the music and download from the website.
7:45 – 8:10 pm Open Stage: share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20 pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00 pm Featured Artist: Brandon Azbill

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.

February 2019: Corvallis Guitar Society Monthly Newsletter

Dear Guitar Friends,

The next GUITAR SOCIETY MEETING is MONDAY March 4th 7-9PM
Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

The featured artist for this meeting will be Portland’s great classical guitar entertainer Ryan Walsh. If you have ever heard someone playing the guitar in the music program at Portland Airport, then you have heard Ryan! He plays a variety of some of the all time classical greats which you can check out here:

Ryan studied classical guitar in the Conservatorio de Sevilla in Spain. He currently lives in Portland, OR, and performs extensively around the Pacific Northwest. His passion is to share the classical guitar repertoire as well as his original compositions to the widest audience possible.

 To bring local guitarists out of the woodwork the February 4th meeting will also include an OPEN GUITAR ENSEMBLE SESSION featuring music that will be posted to the website at least one week ahead of the meeting  https://corvallisguitarsociety.org . Check out the scores online, download the parts you would like to play and bring them along to the meeting with your guitar and join in! EVERYONE is welcome.

AGENDA MONDAY March 4th 2019
7:00 – 7:05 pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:45 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: check out the music and download from the website.

7:45 – 8:10 pm Open Stage: share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20 pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00 pm Featured Artist: Ryan Walsh

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 Featured Artists

Here’s the Featured Artist line up for the Guitar Society meetings at Odd Fellows Hall for the first half of 2019:

March 4th             Ryan Walsh (as per above)

April 1st                 Brandon Azbill

May 6th                 Scott Kritzer

June 3rd                 OSU Guitar Ensemble

3rd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival Saturday May 11th

We are finalizing the program for the 3rd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival including concerts, workshops, a lecture and a Master Class all taking place at the 1stPresbyterian Church on 8th St downtown Corvallis on Saturday May 11th.

I am delighted to announce we will be featuring Grammy Award winner Bill Kanengiser as the Saturday night concert artist and the host of the festival Master Class. Bill is recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists with a long history of excellence in performing, teaching, composing, and giving Master Classes around the world. As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America and the  LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004. We will be very fortunate to have Bill here in Corvallis so mark your calendars now!

We are also very pleased to welcome Ian O’Sullivan, a great Hawaiian classical guitarist and ukulele musician. He will be performing with both instruments and providing insight into the Hawaiian music in his concert, as well as presenting a workshop. So bring your guitar and ukulele to the festival to learn from the Hawaiian maestro!

And, in line with our goal to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork, there will be a short concert performed by the Corvallis Guitar Ensemble led by Cameron O’Connor! More details on this later, but if you are interested in being part of this ensemble, get in touch with me or Cameron.

It’s going to be an inspiring and hugely enjoyable event with a wide variety of guitar (and ukulele) music styles so mark your calendars!

Local House Concert – Soprano Amy Hansen and Guitarist Cameron O’Connor

Lea and David Paul Bayles are presenting a Local House Concert in their lovely Barn Studio featuring Soprano Amy Hansen and guitarist Cameron O-Connor as part of their artistic event series on Saturday March 15th 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Amy and Cameron will perform a thrilling and intimate collection of songs of love, traveling around the world and throughout history with a special emphasis on Spanish folk music. 

Cost: $20/per person. Cash or check payable to “Cameron O’Connor”(All proceeds go to Cameron and Amy.) Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and it will fill quickly.

To register:  email Lea@leabayles.com with CONCERT as subject line and specify the number of people who will be attending. Details and directions will be sent after you have registered.

I look forward to seeing you on March 4th at our Guitar Society Meeting,

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President Corvallis Guitar Society

Open Winter Guitar Concert Program – December 15th, 2018

Corvallis Guitar Society “Bringing Local Guitarists out of the Woodwork”

This year’s opening winter concert takes in music from all over the world and from many different musical eras. Traditional melodies, folk songs, and carols are included and the ensemble will be performing the world premier of two Catalonian carols arranged for the Guitar Society by Oregonian composer Jason Heald.