Member Events

Member Events take place on the first Thursday of every month, except where noted. The meetings feature special presentations by a wide variety of guitarists, composers, musicologists, and luthiers, followed by open-mic playing time for members. The open mic provides the opportunity to share music and improve performance skills in a supportive environment. To sign up to play, visit our sign-up page (8 minutes maximum per performer). Member Events are free and open to all NYCCGS members and first-time guests.

Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Studios, located at 311 West 43rd Street (8th floor), between 8th and 9th Ave.

October 2017 Meeting: Brasil Guitar Duo

Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 7:00 PM


João Luiz and Douglas Lora will conduct a masterclass.

November 2017 Meeting: Peter Agondizza

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Talk to the Hand, Because the Face Ain’t Listening: The Use of Idiomatic Fingerings, Shapes, and Gestures in Selected Guitar Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos

The presentation will examine selected guitar works of Villa-Lobos and discuss how the composer used idiomatic fingerings and shapes to project the melodic, harmonic and formal design of each composition

December 2017 Meeting: Yenne Lee

Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Arranging Songs for the Guitar

Yenne Lee will share tips on how to make effective song arrangements and how to play them, demonstrating with some of her own arrangements

January 2018 Meeting: Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 7:00 PM

A discussion with Michael Newman and Laura Oltman

A discussion with the Duo as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as an ensemble

February 2018 Meeting: Max Zuckerman

Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Making a Guitar Transcription: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A crash course in transcription through the lens of Bach’s first keyboard Partita. Breaking down the transcription process into manageable steps and finding the best solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

March 2018 Meeting: Fabio Zanon

Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 7:00 PM


Fabio Zanon will conduct a masterclass

April 2018 Meeting: Martha Masters

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Topic to be announced

May 2018 Meeting: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Memories from my Grandfather

If not for the insistence of Andrès Segovia, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco may never have written for the guitar. Today, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s guitar compositions are among his most celebrated works. Diana reflects on this extraordinary friendship, her grandfather’s admiration for Spanish culture, and the importance of the guitar for the composer during his American years.