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 [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