Past Member Events

2022-23 Season

September 29, 2022
Mario da Silva
Unraveling Extended Guitar
Co-presented with the Mannes School of Music

October 6, 2022
James Westbrook
The European Guitar Prior to Torres

November 3, 2022
Alan Mearns
Bach Arrangements for the Guitar

December 1, 2022
Wearing Many Hats as a 21st-Century Musician: What Skills Should I Invest in?

January 12, 2023
Ben Verdery
Musical Truths and Observations

February 2, 2023
Andrew York
A Discussion with Andrew York

March 9, 2023
Xuefei Yang

April 6, 2023
David Leisner
Breathing and the Guitar

May 4, 2023
Steven Cowan and Adam Cicchillitti
Pushing the Limits: Arranging, Commissioning, and Collaboration

2021–22 Season

September 2, 2021
Mark Marrington
Recording and the Identity of the Classical Guitar in the 20th Century

October 21, 2021
Nate Huvard
Making the Most of Virtual Performance: Technical Guidance for Playing Live Music Online

February 10, 2022
Rene Izquierdo
A Discussion with Rene Izquierdo

March 10, 2022
João Kouyoumdjian
Komitas and Armenian Folk Music

April 7, 2022
Gulli Björnsson
Creative Processes in Classical Guitar Composition

May 26, 2022
Patterson/Sutton Duo
Eclectic Influences: An In-Depth Look at Stephen Goss’s Park of Idols for Cello & Guitar

June 9, 2022
William Kanengiser
Biomechanics for Guitarists

August 4, 2022
Phil Goldenberg
Building Success: The Art of Practice

2020–21 Season

September 10, 2020
Frederic Hand
Frederic Hand: Too Short for Basketball

October 8, 2020
Ben Verdery
How Ferdinando Carulli’s The Storm Changed My Life

November 5, 2020
Christoper Mallett
An American Original: The Life and Works of Justin Holland

December 3, 2020
John Olson
What Are the Most Popular Classical Guitar Pieces?

January 14, 2021
Mariano Aguirre
The progressive and meticulous method books of Julio Sagreras

February 11, 2021
Gary Lee
How Was Your Guitar Built?

March 4, 2021
Michael Kudirka
How Microtonal Fretboards Can Save Harmony (And Why You Should Care)

May 6, 2021
Oren Fader
Contemporary Music for the Guitar: Learning, Performing, and Commissioning

June 3, 2021
Elizabeth Coleman
Mindfulness and Guitar Playing and Performance for the Amateur and the Professional

July 12, 2021
Thomas Flippin
Cognitive Dissonance: Composing and Arranging for the Classical Guitar

2019–20 Season

September 5, 2019
Elizabeth Coleman
Mindfulness Techniques to Make Performing Guitar Less Stressful and More Fun

October 3, 2019
Laura Snowden
Lessons Learnt from Julian Bream

November 7, 2019
Diálogos Duo
A Dozen Choro Tributes: Contemporary Insights into Choro’s Evolution

December 5, 2019
Irina Kulikova
A Discussion with Irina Kulikova

January 9, 2020
Andrew Schulman
Medical Musician: A Storyteller and Travel Guide in Music

February 6, 2020
Benjamin Verdery
I wanted my classical guitar to sound electric … like Jimi

March 5, 2020
Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet
Brazilian and Latin American Guitar: Repertoire and Rhythms

April 9, 2020
Martha Masters
Strategies to Improve Your Sight-reading

May 7, 2020
Rene Izquierdo
The Poised Guitarist

June 11, 2020
Tali Roth
Baroque Ornamentation and Dance in the Music of J. S.Bach

July 9, 2020
Rupert Boyd
Music for Guitar and Cello: Exploring and Expanding the Repertoire

August 6, 2020
Dan Lippel
Reassigning Resonance: Scordatura in Contemporary Repertoire

2018–19 Season

September 6, 2018
Elizabeth Coleman
Mindfulness Techniques to Make Performing Guitar Less Stressful and More Fun

October 4, 2018
Beijing Guitar Duo

November 8, 2018
Tali Roth
How to Build a Career in Music

December 6, 2018
Kevin Sherwin
The Classical Guitar on Early Sound Recordings: Style, Expression, and Technique

January 10, 2019
Mark Delpriora
A Concise View of the New York Classical Guitar Scene During the 1950s and Early 1960s

February 7, 2019
Mariano Aguirre
Rhythmic Training during Technique Practice: Pulse and Meter Awareness

February 28, 2019
Zoran Dukic

April 4, 2019
Gohar Vardanyan
Guitar Practice Techniques

May 2, 2019
Judicaël Perroy

August 1, 2019
Andrew York
A Discussion with Andrew York

2017-18 Season

September 7, 2017
Tariel Iberi
Georgian Guitar Music

October 5, 2017
Brasil Guitar Duo

November 2, 2017
Peter Argondizza
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

December 7, 2017
Yenne Lee
Arranging Songs for the Guitar

January 11, 2018
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
A Discussion with Michael Newman and Laura Oltman

February 1, 2018
Max Zuckerman
Making a Guitar Transcription: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 8, 2018
Fabio Zanon

April 4, 2018
Martha Masters
Learning a New Piece: Bach’s Chaconne as an Example

May 3, 2018
Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Memories from My Grandfather

June 7, 2018
Gyan Riley
Playing with the Classics: Examining and Expanding upon Classical Themes through Improvisation

2016-17 Season

September 1, 2016
David Nadal
Contemporary Classical Music for Solo Electric Guitar

October 6, 2016
Frederic Hand

November 3, 2016
John Dearman

December 1, 2016
Marco Sartor
Abel Carlevaro’s Instrumental Technique

January 12, 2017
Daniel Lippel
Topics in Modern Repertoire: The Guitar’s Integration into Contemporary Aesthetics

February 9, 2017
Andrew York
A Discussion with Andrew York

March 2, 2017
Thomas Offermann
The Integrative Guitar Technique

April 6, 2017
Alvaro Pierri

May 4, 2017
Federico Diaz
The Guitar in Tango

June 1, 2017
Mariano Aguirre
Developing Musicianship on Guitar

2015-16 Season

September 3, 2015
Simon Powis
A Repertoire Analysis Toolkit

October 1, 2015
Garrett Lee
Confessions of a Luthier

October 22, 2015
Richard Savino
Switch Hitting in the Modern World

November 5, 2015
Yen Lee
Fernando Sor’s Guitar Fantasies

December 3, 2015
João Kouyoumdjian
Fingerings in the Unaccompanied Music by Bach: An approach in Step-wise Motion

January 7, 2016
Benjamin Verdery
Composing for the Guitar

February 4, 2016
Colin Davin
The Guitar in Kabul

March 3, 2016
Celil Refik Kaya
Application of Classical Turkish Music Techniques on the Classical Guitar

April 7, 2016
Harris Becker and Veronica Salas
On New Music

May 5, 2016
Carlos Barbosa-Lima

June 2, 2016
João Luiz
The Brazilian Guitar Works of the Generation after Villa-Lobos

2014-15 Season

September 4, 2014
Raphaella Smits

October 2, 2014
Kevin Gallagher
Common Problems and Solutions for the Student Guitarist

October 16, 2014
Adam Holzman

November 6, 2014
Jerry Willard
A Brief History of the Guitar

December 4, 2014
Frederic Hand
Tone and Relaxation

January 8, 2015
Gene Bertoncini
Ear Training and Fingerboard Knowledge

February 5, 2015
Benjamin Verdery
Exploring Falla’s Homenaje

March 12, 2015
Xuefei Yang
A Discussion with Xuefei Yang

April 2, 2015
Stephen Robinson
A Diverse Career in Music: Recording, Performing, Teaching, Publishing, Community Engagement

May 7, 2015
Brandon Medici
A Discussion of Guitar Strings with D’Addario’s Business Development Manager

June 4, 2015
Pablo Villegas
The Symphonic Guitar

2013-14 Season

September 5, 2013
Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo
See It, Sing It, Play It: Top Tips to Sight Read with Ease

October 3, 2013
Eduardo Fernández

November 7, 2013
Zane Forshee
Vicente Asencio and His Collectici íntim: In Search of a Text

December 5, 2013
Bradley Colten
Unearthed: American Masterpieces for Guitar Solo

February 6, 2014
Berta Rojas
The Music of Agustin Barrios

March 13, 2014
Lily Afshar
Goya and the Guitar

April 10, 2014
Rene Izquierdo
Technique and Performance

May 1, 2014
Denis Azabagic
How to Deal with Stage Fright

June 5, 2014

July 3, 2014
Gian Marco Ciampa
Short Recital

2012–13 Season

September 6, 2012
Connie Sheu
The Life and Work of Emilia Giuliani

October 4, 2012
Garrett Lee
How Luthiers Optimize Sound

November 15, 2012
João Luiz
Brazilian Rhythms

December 6, 2012
Ana Vidovic

February 7, 2013
Benjamin Verdery
There’s more to the score! Filtering out truth from fiction: Performers’ dilemma with urtext editions

March 7, 2013
David Leisner
Your Body and the Guitar

April 4, 2013
Martha Masters
Left-hand Technique

May 2, 2013
Jason Vieaux
A Discussion with Jason Vieaux

June 6, 2013
Lars Frandsen
The Interaction of Tonality and Serialism in Henze’s Royal Winter Music

2011–12 Season

September 1, 2011
Jason Sagebiel
How to Practice

October 3, 2011
Norbert Dams
Rest in Pieces, Rest in Peace? A reflection on note-values in the 19th century related to the development of musical notation

November 6, 2011
Michael Lorimer
A discussion with Michael Lorimer
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December 1, 2011
Alice Artzt
The Presti Technique

January 4, 2012
Jorge Caballero
A discussion with Jorge Caballero

March 1, 2012
Martha Masters
Practice Strategies

April 5, 2012
Ian O’Sullivan
The Guitar in Hawaii: Past, Present and Future

May 3, 2012
Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale

June 7, 2012
Frederic Hand
Fingerboard Harmony
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July 5, 2012
Isabella Abbonizio and Gaëlle Solal
The Guitar Music of Maurice Ohana

2010–11 Season

September 2, 2010
Gene Bertoncini

October 7, 2010
Scott Jackson Wiley and James Lorusso
Narciso Yepes: An Appreciation

November 4, 2010
Serenade Duo
The Art of the Ensemble

December 2, 2010
Joshia de Jonge
Guitar Building

January 6
David Starobin
Some New Guitar Music and Thoughts about the Repertoire

February 3, 2011
Gyan Riley

March 3, 2011
João Kouyoumdjian
Interactive Performance: Breaking the Barriers Between Artist and Audience

April 7, 2011
Australian Guitar Duo
Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover on Australian music for two guitars

May 5, 2011
Giovanni Grano

June 2, 2011
Scott Tennant

2009–10 Season

September 3, 2009
Tali Roth
Tango, Folklore and Spanish Dance Influences in Piazzolla and Albéniz

October 1, 2009
Mark Delpriora
Music from the Segovia Archive

November 5, 2009
Kevin Gallagher
The Tárrega School

December 9, 2009
Jim Skinger
Style and Influences in the Music of John Duarte

February 4, 2010
Simon Powis
Sight-Reading on the Classical Guitar

March 4, 2010
Lars Frandsen
Applying Musical Analysis to Interpretation

April 1, 2010
Jerald Harscher
Body Mapping for Guitarists

July 1, 2010
Benjamin Verdery
If You Arrange It, They Will Listen!

August 5, 2010
Irene Gómez
Estudios y Fantasias

2008–09 Season

September 4, 2008
Dennis Koster
Flamenco Technique

October 2, 2008
Aaron Green
Guitar Building

November 6, 2008
Frank Wallace
Outside the Box in the 21st Century: Creator/Performers in a New Era

December 4, 2008
Ana María Rosado
Latin American Rhythms in Guitar Music

January 8, 2009
Richard Cocco and Eric Cocco
Guitar strings and the history of the La Bella Strings company

February 5, 2009
Tom Vasiliades
An Introduction to Alexander Technique

March 5, 2009
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
Practice Tips for Soloists and Ensembles

April 2, 2009
Ken Hatfield
Etudes for Solo Guitar in 24 Keys

June 4, 2009
Frederic Hand, Dennis Koster, and Benjamin Verdery
The Guitar in Gotham: An Evolving Presence
A panel discussion moderated by John Lehmann-Haupt

July 2, 2009
Norbert Dams
From Page to Page: A Close Look Behind a Publisher’s Work

2007–08 Season

September 6, 2007
Oren Fader
The importance of chamber music and new music for artistic development and career choices

October 4, 2007
Frederic Hand

November 1, 2007
Thomas Offermann
Integrative Guitar Technique

December 6, 2007
Dominic Frasca

January 3, 2008
Arc Duo and Shafer Mahoney
Performance and discussion of Shining River by Shafer Mahoney

February 7, 2008
Threefifty Duo

March 6, 2008
Benjamin Verdery

April 3, 2008
Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Friends

May 1, 2008
Gene Bertoncini

June 5, 2008
J. Andrew Dickenson

2005–06 Season

September 1, 2005
Gene Bertoncini
Jazz on the Classical Guitar

October 6, 2005
Jerry Willard
Early Music on Early Guitars

January 5, 2006
Don Witter, Jr.

March 2, 2006
Paul Smith
Guitar in Chamber Music: The Six-String Solution

April 6, 2006
Michael Barry
How to Practice

June 1, 2006
1 East Guitar Quartet

2004–05 Season

September 2, 2004
Larry Rawdon

October 7, 2004
David Spelman

November 4, 2004
Seth Warner
Keeping Yourself in Tune — A Classical Guitarist’s Guide

January 6, 2005
Gerry Saulter
Recording the Classical Guitar with the Korg PXR4

February 3, 2005
Arthur Kampela

March 3, 2005
Scott Matejicka

April 7, 2005
Terry Champlin
The Problems and Joys of Writing for Classical Guitar in a Chamber Music Setting

2003–04 Season

November 6, 2003
Seth Warner
Harvesting the Renaissance: A Classical Guitarist’s Second Look

January 8, 2004
Dennis Koster
Playing the Aranjuez Concerto

February 5, 2004
Harris Becker and Pasquale Bianculli
Ensemble Playing

March 4, 2004
Scott Matejicka
The Evolution of the Guitar

April 1, 2004
Terry Champlin
Arranging Music for Guitar

June 3, 2004
New York premiere viewing of Aaron Shearer: A Life with the Guitar