September 2020 Online Meeting: Frederic Hand

Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Frederic Hand: Too Short for Basketball

June 2020 Online Meeting: Tali Roth

Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Baroque Ornamentation and Dance in the Music of J. S. Bach

July 2020 Online Meeting: Rupert Boyd

Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Music for Guitar and Cello: Exploring and Expanding the Repertoire

August 2020 Online Meeting: Dan Lippel

Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Reassigning Resonance: Scordatura in Contemporary Repertoire

April 2020 Online Meeting: Martha Masters

Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Strategies to Improve Your Sight-reading

September 2019 Meeting: Elizabeth Coleman

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mindfulness Techniques to Make Performing Guitar Less Stressful and More Fun

October 2019 Meeting: Laura Snowden

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lessons learnt from Julian Bream

November 2019 Meeting: Diálogos Duo

Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM

A Dozen Choro Tributes: Contemporary Insights into Choro’s Evolution

December 2019 Meeting: Irina Kulikova

Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 7:00 PM

A Discussion with Irina Kulikova

January 2020 Meeting: Andrew Schulman

Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Medical Musician: A Storyteller and Travel Guide in Music

Location: Ripley-Grier Studios, 939 Eighth Avenue, Studio 4A (between 55th and 56th Streets)

February 2020 Meeting: Benjamin Verdery

Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7:00 PM

I wanted my classical guitar to sound electric … like Jimi

March 2020 Meeting: Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet

Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Brazilian and Latin American Guitar: Repertoire and Rhythms

May 2020 Meeting: Rene Izquierdo

Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 7:00 PM
Online meeting

The Poised Guitarist
A presentation on technique

August 2019 Meeting: Andrew York

Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 7:00 PM

A Discussion with Andrew York
An open Q & A session with the award-winning guitarist and composer

At Ripley-Grier Studios, 939 Eighth Avenue, Studio 2B (between 55th and 56th Streets)

July 2019 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Open Mic

June 2019 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Open Mic

September 2018 Meeting: Elizabeth Coleman

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mindfulness Techniques to Make Performing Guitar Less Stressful and More Fun
In this experiential session, Elizabeth J. Coleman, attorney, poet, mindfulness teacher and guitarist will teach several techniques that have helped her reduce the stress of playing the guitar for others, and made guitar performance a lot more fun.

October 2018 Meeting: Beijing Guitar Duo

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meng Su and Yameng Wang will conduct a masterclass

November 2018 Meeting: Tali Roth

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How to Build a Career in Music
Pursuing your passions, investing in your career, and finding your unique voice to navigate your path in music

December 2018 Meeting: Kevin Sherwin

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Classical Guitar on Early Sound Recordings: Style, Expression, and Technique
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, classical guitarists exhibited distinctive performance practices that were captured through historical sound recordings. Drawing primarily on the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings, this presentation will explore, discuss, analyze, and provide historical audio samples, and uncover performance practices that are not explicitly instructed in early manuscript scores of the repertoire.

January 2019 Meeting: Mark Delpriora

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A concise view of the New York classical guitar scene during the 1950s and early 1960s

February 2019 Meeting: Mariano Aguirre

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rhythmic Training during Technique Practice: Pulse and Meter Awareness
This hands-on workshop/lecture is designed to incorporate rhythmical training into familiar
technical exercises.

March 2019 Meeting: Zoran Dukic

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Zoran Dukic will conduct a masterclass.

April 2019 Meeting: Gohar Vardanyan

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Guitar Practice Techniques

May 2019 Meeting: Judicaël Perroy

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Judicaël Perroy will conduct a masterclass.

September 2017 Meeting: Tariel Iberi

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

Georgian Guitar Music

Tariel Iberi will give some background about the Republic of Georgia, discuss different styles and elements of Georgian folk music, and demonstrate how he has incorporated them into music for the guitar

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 11, 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

Location: Mannes School of Music, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 7th floor

April 2018 Meeting: Martha Masters

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

Learning a new piece: Bach’s Chaconne as an example
Martha Masters will discuss how to approach learning a new piece, using Bach’s Chaconne as a working example. The discussion will consider, in brief, the importance of historical context, challenges of transcriptions, overcoming technical challenges, and incorporating interpretive choices as an essential and fundamental part of the process.

May 2018 Meeting: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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

Memories from my Grandfather

If not for the insistence of Andrés 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.

August 2017 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue, Studio 16U (16th floor) (between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York City

June 2018 Meeting: Gyan Riley

Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Playing with the Classics

Examining and expanding upon classical themes through improvisation

July 2016 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic. Note date change.

August 2016 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic.

September 2016 Meeting: David Nadal

Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Contemporary classical music for solo electric guitar
A lecture/demonstration on solo contemporary classical music utilizing electric guitar and the benefits of a two channel/amplifier setup

October 2016 Meeting: Frederic Hand

Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Frederic Hand celebrates the release of his new CD Odyssey with a demonstration and discussion of his approach to arranging and composing for the guitar

November 2016 Meeting: John Dearman

Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and founding member of the acclaimed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will conduct a masterclass

December 2016 Meeting: Marco Sartor

Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Abel Carlevaro’s Instrumental Technique
Abel Carlevaro (1916–2001) had a remarkable and multi-faceted career as a performer, composer and pedagogue. In the year of his 100th anniversary, Marco Sartor will discuss the concepts laid out in Carlevaro’s revolutionary School of Guitar, Exposition of Instrumental Theory and their deployment in Villa-Lobos’ Twelve Studies. With a hands-on approach, Mr. Sartor will share strategies to greatly benefit from Carlevaro’s four Cuadernos and his series of Microestudios.

January 2017 Meeting: Daniel Lippel

Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Topics in Modern Repertoire: The Guitar’s Integration into Contemporary Aesthetics
Daniel Lippel will discuss the guitar’s increasingly prominent role in the world of contemporary composition, covering examples ranging from scordatura, microtonality, tempo modulation, electronic music, and extended technique. The emphasis of the talk will be on repertoire by non-guitarist composers, and the ways in which those composers creatively use the guitar, an instrument many composers dread writing for, to serve their aesthetic goals.

February 2017 Meeting: Andrew York

Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 7:00 PM

A Discussion with Andrew York
An open Q & A session with the award-winning guitarist and composer

March 2017 Meeting: Thomas Offermann

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

The Integrative Guitar Technique
A presentation on guitar technique based on Dr. Offermann’s newly-published method

April 2017 Meeting: Alvaro Pierri

Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM

The acclaimed teacher and performer will conduct a masterclass.

May 2017 Meeting: Federico Diaz

Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 7:00 PM

The Guitar in Tango
The talk will focus on the tango language and how to understand it. As an introduction, Mr. Diaz will discuss the history of the guitar in the tango, followed by an analysis of tango notation, its evolution, and the diverse ways to perform what is written.

June 2017 Meeting: Mariano Aguirre

Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Developing Musicianship on Guitar
A step-by-step method on how to master fretboard knowledge and sight reading based on music theory principles. A practical, hands-on workshop designed to impart fretboard, reading and ear training skills by using solfege and music theory concepts.

September 2015 Meeting: Simon Powis

Thursday, September 3, at 7:00 PM

A Repertoire Analysis Toolkit: Voices, the Elision, and Identifying Phrases

October 2015 Meeting: Garrett Lee

Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 PM

Confessions of a Luthier

October 2015 Special Event: Richard Savino

Thursday, October 22, at 7:00 PM

Switch Hitting in the Modern World
How to address balance performance practice “authenticity” with maintaining a modern classical guitar identity and technique

November 2015 Meeting: Yen Lee

Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 PM

Sor Fantasias

August 2015 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic

December 2015 Meeting: João Kouyoumdjian

Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 PM

Fingerings in the Unaccompanied Music by Bach: An approach in Step-wise Motion
Through the performance of examples and fingered scores, this lecture will analyze how it is possible for guitar fingerings to reflect an insightful theoretical notion of polyphony.

January 2016 Meeting: Benjamin Verdery

Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Composing for the Guitar

February 2016 Meeting: Colin Davin

Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Guitar in Kabul
A discussion of the budding generation of young musicians in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule, the performance of music was banned, and the guitar is now playing a role in the rebuilding of a musical culture, and a society moving forward.

March 2016 Meeting: Celil Refik Kaya

Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Application of Classical Turkish Music Techniques on the Classical Guitar
The presentation will explore the specific features of the great masterpiece Morning in the Village, which is originally written for oud, and the process of arranging it for the classical guitar

April 2016 Meeting: Harris Becker

Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM

On New Music
This lecture will focus on commissioning new works for guitar and ensembles, working with non-guitarist composers, editing, and rehearsing contemporary pieces. With Veronica Salas, viola.

May 2016 Meeting: Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 7:00 PM


June 2016 Meeting: João Luiz

Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Brazilian Guitar Works of the Generation after Villa-Lobos
Gnattali and the influence of Gershwin, the national school of Guarnieri, Mignone and Afro-Brazilian connections, and the pluralism of Gismonti

July 2015 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic

July 2014 Meeting: Gian Marco Ciampa

Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Gian Marco Ciampa
A short recital by the young Italian guitarist, followed by Open Mic

August 2014 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 PM

Open Mic

Location: Ripley-Grier Studios, Studio 16K, 520 Eighth Avenue

September 2014 Meeting: Raphaella Smits Masterclass

Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 7:00 PM


October 2014 Meeting: Kevin Gallagher

Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Common Problems and Solutions for the Student Guitarist
The lecture will use common examples from the beginning and intermediate guitar repertoire to explain concepts in technique and musicianship which are often overlooked in method books.

October Special Event: Adam Holzman Masterclass

Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:00 PM


November 2014 Meeting: Jerry Willard

Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7:00 PM

A Brief History of the Guitar
Played on original instruments, including Baroque guitar, 19th-century guitars (Rene Lacote original 1820, Louis Panormo original 1831), and modern classical guitar, with works by Sanz, Mertz, Alexsandrov, Sainz de la Maza, and Kondo Koji

December 2014 Meeting: Frederic Hand

Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Tone and Relaxation
An interactive class devoted to both tone production and maximum relaxation, specifically holding the guitar, locating tension in the body, and adopting proper hand positions, nail shape and angle of attack.

January 2015 Meeting: Gene Bertoncini

Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 7:00 PM

Ear training and fingerboard knowledge

February 2015 Meeting: Benjamin Verdery

Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 7:00 PM

Exploring Falla’s Homanaje
Interactive lecture/class on Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece Homenaje: Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy

March 2015 Meeting: Xuefei Yang

Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 7:00 PM

A Discussion with Xuefei Yang

April 2015 Meeting: Stephen Robinson

Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM

A Diverse Career in Music: Recording, Performing, Teaching, Publishing, Community Engagement

May 2015 Meeting: Brandon Medici of D’Addario

Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 7:00 PM

A discussion of strings and other guitar products

June 2015 Meeting: Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 7:00 PM

The Symphonic Guitar: The harmony of five elements: repertoire, orchestra, conductor, guitarist and audience

September 2013 Meeting: Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 7:00 PM
939 Eighth Avenue, Studio 2B
Note different location!

See It, Sing It, Play It: Top Tips to Sight Read with Ease (bring your guitar!)

October 2013 Meeting: Eduardo Fernandez Masterclass

Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 7:00 PM
Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
Note location!

Due to time constraints, there will be no open-mic playing time at this meeting. Watch for signup details in the September newsletter.

November 2013 Meeting: Zane Forshee

Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7:00 PM

Vicente Asencio and His Collectici íntim: In Search of a Text
The role of creation, collaboration, and textual comparison to create a performer’s edition of this masterwork.

December 2013 Meeting: Bradley Colten

Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 7:00 PM

Unearthed: American Masterpieces for Guitar Solo

Ripley-Grier Studio 16FG, 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
Note different location

January 2014 Meeting: Open Mic

Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Weather update – this meeting will be an Open Mic meeting only. Presentation will be rescheduled.

Feburary 2014 Meeting: Berta Rojas

Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 7:00 PM

The Music of Agustin Barrios

March 2014 Meeting: Lily Afshar

Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7:00 PM
Note different date — second Thursday of the month

Goya and the Guitar
Lily Afshar, Professor of Guitar at the University of Memphis, blends a fascinating analysis of etchings by Francisco Goya and related guitar music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with her own inimitable performance on the guitar

April 2014 Meeting: Rene Izquierdo

Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Technique and Performance
This workshop will provide self-study tools and solutions on performing music accurately, helping the participants overcome some of the difficulties encountered in guitar performance.

May 2014 Meeting: Denis Azabagic

Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM

How to Deal with Stage Fright
Denis Azabagic, eleven-time competition winner and author of On Competitions: Dealing with Performance Stress, discusses overcoming performance anxiety

August 2013 Meeting

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Open-mic meeting
An evening of classical guitar music shared by members. Sign up to perform, or just come and listen!

June 2014 Meeting: SoloDuo Masterclass

Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Due to time constraints, there will be no Open Mic at this meeting.

July 2013 Meeting

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Open-mic meeting
An evening of classical guitar music shared by members. Sign up to perform, or just come and listen!

November Meeting: A Discussion with Michael Lorimer

November 3, 2011
Michael Lorimer
A discussion with acclaimed performer, scholar, arranger, publisher, and teacher Michael Lorimer.

July Meeting: Isabella Abbonizio and Gaëlle Solal

Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Guitar Music of Maurice Ohana
Composer Maurice Ohana (1913–1992) is one of the most obscure figures of 20th-century guitar literature. Renowned for his Tiento (1957), his name has for a long time been exclusively paired with this single work. Only in the last two decades have other guitar pieces by Ohana started to become popular. Ohana’s complex cultural origins and multiple sources of inspiration are reflected in his music, and are the keys to understanding his work. In anticipation of the upcoming centennial in 2013 of the birth of Ohana, the presentation will feature discussion and performance of his guitar music.

August Meeting

Thursday, August 2, 2012
General Meeting
This month, we’ll take a break from our guest presentations and devote the meeting to member performances.

September Meeting: Connie Sheu

Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Life and Work of Emilia Giuliani
Mauro Giuliani’s music is a staple in the guitar repertoire – but few have heard of his daughter Emilia, Mauro’s beloved protégé and duo partner. This presentation will explore the music of Emilia Giuliani-Guglielmi, a virtuosic guitarist with a prolific compositional output.

October Meeting: Garrett Lee

Thursday, October 4, 2012
How Luthiers Optimize Sound
Classical guitars are more than beautiful boxes of wood. How do luthiers maximize their tonal potential? Join luthier Garrett Lee for a lecture/demonstration on classical guitar construction. Using numerous photos, live demonstration of building techniques, and audience participation with wood, he will explain in a fun and painless way the physical basis for guitar sound and the methods used to optimize it. Why does spruce sound different than cedar? How does a guitar top move? Why do handmade guitars sound better than factory-built guitars? What’s a double top-guitar? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

November Meeting: João Luiz

NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor. Thursday, November 15, 2012 (rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy)
Brazilian Music
João Luiz, member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, will discuss the rhythms and other characteristics of the music of his native Brazil.

December Meeting: Ana Vidovic

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Ana Vidovic will conduct a masterclass. Participant slots are full. Auditors are welcome. (Due to time constraints, there will be no open-mic playing time at this meeting.)

January Meeting

Thursday, January 3, 2012
General Meeting
This month, we’ll take a break from our guest presentations and devote the meeting to member performances.

February Meeting: Benjamin Verdery

Thursday, February 7, 2013
There’s more to the score! Filtering out truth from fiction: Performers’ dilemma with urtext editions
Benjamin Verdery will compare the final editions to the original scores from various composers who have written for him. He will discuss whether or not future players have the right to change the various passages which he has altered with the approval of the composers. In addtion, he will briefly compare original scores to the editied final editions of Villa-Lobos and Frank Martin.

March Meeting: David Leisner

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Your Body and the Guitar
Tips on how to use your body efficiently and with relaxation, so that you can play the guitar with greater ease.

April Meeting: Martha Masters

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Left-hand technique
The evening before her NYCCGS concert, Martha Masters will give a presentation at the monthly meeting.

May Meeting: Jason Vieaux

Thursday, May 2, 2013
A discussion with Jason Vieaux.
Bring your questions for an open discussion with this virtuoso guitarist.

June Meeting: Lars Frandsen

Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Interaction of Tonality and Serialism in Henze’s Royal Winter Music
Hans Werner Henze’s Royal Winter Music has long been regarded as one of the most important solo guitar works of the twentieth century. Music based on Shakespeare abounds in the opera and the ballet, but the portrayal of Shakespearean characters for a solo instrument is unique, even beyond the comparatively insular world of the classical guitar.

Henze was one of the first composers of the post-war generation to embrace serialism, and one of the first to also reject it as the sole premise of modern music. In Henze’s music we find a lyricism, uncommon to contemporary music, that embraces both traditional tonality side by side with serialism. These disparate elements inform the sonatas throughout.