September Newsletter Vol. II

Dear Guitar Friends,
It was great to see everyone after the summer break at the meeting on September 11th, and it was wonderful to have featured artist Ed Dunsavage charm us with his beautiful and articulate jazz arrangements.

Featured Artists for the Monday Night Meeting
Looking forward we have a great featured artist line up for our upcoming Society meetings on the first Monday at Odd Fellows, downtown Corvallis:
October 2ndScott Kritzer
November 6th  – Mario Diaz
December 4th – Oregon Guitar Quartet
February 5th – Jarvis-Thomas Classical guitar duo

Upcoming Concert Series at Corvallis Library hosted by the Guitar Society
The Corvallis Guitar Society will also be hosting three one-hour concerts at the Corvallis Library.
Saturday December 16th 3pm Featuring members of the Guitar Society solos , duets, and ensembles.
Saturday January 20th Featuring Berto Boyd
Saturday February 17th Featuring Jon Sharp
We will be discussing the plans for the December 16th event at the upcoming Guitar Society Meeting on October 2nd. Let me know if you are interested in joining in!

Corvallis Art Walk and Guitar Society Join Forces
The Guitar Society is joining together with the Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) to provide musicians in support of next month’s CAW on Thursday October 19th. This is in recognition of the 3rd anniversary of the CAW. If you are interested in being part of this celebration, let me know.

OSU Guitar Program
I am very pleased to announce that OSU School of Arts and Communication has established a guitar program with Cameron O’Conner as the new guitar instructor. Cameron is a true maestro of classical guitar with a diverse career in solo, chamber, and contemporary music as well as a prizewinner in 10 international competitions. He is strong believer in the importance of the accessibility of arts for the public and we look forward to working with him to continue growing the classical and related guitar scene here in the greater Willamette Valley area. In the meantime, check out his website including some great performances on YouTube:

You can also go watch Cameron play live at the OSU Music a la Carte lunchtime concert Series on October 20th as well as being part of the Faculty concert on October 13th. Details can be found at:

Plus, check out his teaching program poster which includes private & group lesson opportunities for the general public.

Next Guitar Society Meeting Monday October 2nd
We will continue this season’s first Monday sessions with our Guitar Society Meeting October 2nd.

We will be playing ensemble music including looking at what we plan to play at the December 16th Concert at the Corvallis Library. There will be an open stage session as usual for people to get up and share their music with us – all acoustic guitar styles are welcome.

I am delighted to announce that our featured artist for September will be Scott Kritzer from Portland.
Scott is a nationally renowned performer and pedagogue in the world of classical guitar with a wonderful blend of technical excellence and musicality. After his debut at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times reviewed Scott Kritzer as:
…intelligent and self-assured…with a sure technique and a musical sensitivity, he created an inner life in his playing, a thinking and caring musician.
–Bernard Holland of the New York Times

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Open Ensemble: bring your guitar, footstool and join in. Music can be downloaded from the website one week ahead of time.
7:35 – 8:10pm Open Stage
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artist Scott Kritzer

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.

Thank you and I hope to see you on October 2nd.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society