Fourth Annual Guitar Festival November 12th & 13th at the Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis

We are delighted to announce the upcoming Guitar Festival on Friday November 12th and Saturday November 13th at the Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis.

Tickets for the concerts are available on Facebook Events and from the Whiteside Theatre Events:

The Saturday night concert features the amazing internationally recognized Korean guitarist Jiji Kim. Jiji will also be providing the Masterclass on Saturday morning, November 13th, at the Whiteside Theatre.

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. As a major highlight of her 2019-20 season, Jiji performed Hillary Purrington’s concerto Harp of Nerves at Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and conductor George Menahan.

The Friday night concert features our wonderful local maestro, Cameron O’Connor.

Award-winning and acclaimed as “stunning and emotive” (Eugene Register-Guard), Cameron is a prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Frances Walton and Tokyo International Guitar Competition. His playing has been featured in films, including James Franco’s Don Quixote and Scott Tennant’s instructional classic Pumping Nylon, and his performances have been featured on Seattle’s Classical 98.1 KingFM. As a composer, O’Connor’s Three Northwestern Scenes was chosen for a performance at the 21st Century Guitar Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and these will be included in the Friday night concert!

Friday, November 12th
7:00 – 9:30pm    Opening Concert featuring Cameron O’Connor

Saturday, November 13th
10:00am – 12:00pm Masterclass with Saturday Night Concert Artist Jiji Kim
4 students, 30 mins each, Free and open to the public

7:00 – 9:30pm       Closing Concert featuring nationally famous guitarist Jiji Kim

All of our festival events will also be made available to watch online for those who prefer not to attend an indoor event or are unable to make it to the Whiteside Theatre on those dates.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp

Guitar Ensemble Music for September 13th, 2021

Here are the five pieces of music for the ensemble session:

Martin Said to his Man, by Thomas Ravenscroft, Arr. Andrew Forrest

Pavane, La Venissienne, by Claude Gervaise, Arr. Andrew Forrest

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni, Arr. Derek Hasted

Breakfast in America, by Rick Davies and Rodger Hodgson, Arr. Derek Hasted

Mr Blue Sky, by Jeff Lynne, Arr. Derek Hasted

The first two pieces are arrangements for guitar ensemble by Andrew Forrest and the scores/parts are available to download (see below). Email me in order to get the guitar scores/parts of the other three pieces arranged by Derek Hasted.

When you look at the pieces, decide which part you wish play, and bring the music with you to the Guitar Society meeting.

Guitar Society Meeting Monday March 2nd 2020

Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm
Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

Featuring Classical Guitarist Hilary Field

We are honored to welcome Hilary as our featured artist for the Corvallis Guitar Society! As an international performing and recording artist, Hilary Field has garnered praise for her dynamic virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship, and for the emotional depth she brings to the heart of classical guitar music. Hilary is a past winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and was the first guitarist to win the Frances Walton Soloist Competition. She has released several award winning CDs including her debut recording, Music of Spain and Latin America, which was a winner for Classical Album of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Hilary was recently sponsored by the US Embassy to perform and tour in South America, and has been a featured performer in multiple international guitar festivals around the world. Hilary has held faculty positions as the head of the Guitar department at Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State.

Here’s what other’s have said about Hilary:

“Field plays everything with a refined musicality, immaculate technique, and unfailingly lovely sound.”

Guitar Foundation of America

“Field is one of a growing number of gifted women gaining prominence in the classical guitar world…..Field displays sensitive musicianship, solid technique, and a burnished tone.
– Acoustic Guitar

“Field is a dynamic player. She doesn’t just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.”
– The Seattle Times

Take a moment to see her performing on YouTube

AGENDA MONDAY March 2nd 2020
7:30 – 7:35 pm Welcome
7:35 – 8:15 pm Open Guitar Ensemble: email me  to get the guitar scores/parts if you want to join in – anyone is welcome!
8:15 – 8:35 pm Open Stage: anyone is welcome to come and share guitar music with us
8:35 – 8:45 pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:45 – 9:30 pm Featured Concert Artist – Hilary Field

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.