Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Guitar Orchestra of Seattle

Winter 2018
Guitar Orchestra starts Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm at St. John’s United Church across from the Woodland Park Zoo at 5515 Phinney Avenue North. Winter quarter will feature Music of America, the music of Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, India Arie and Paul Simon/J.S. Bach and possibly Keith Jarrett along with some traditional folk songs; Red River Valley, Yellow Rose of Texas and You Are My Sunshine. e theme is American Music and will be approached with the creation of two groups in the traditional concertino orchestration. A concertino of 4 plus 4; 4 parts from Book 3 to Book 5 and 4 parts book 7 to beyond for another quartet. I am working to create more of an orchestral sound with our group, one of sharply contrasting textures and ranges. One group will have a kind of lead sheet and strumming and simple melody and the other group and a pretty challenging written out part for another quartet.Tuition is $200, please contact Mark at or call 206-301-9165

About the Orchestra
Mark Hilliard Wilson is the conductor, composer, arranger and music director to the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle; also known as GuitarChestra. Mark runs the Guitar Orchestra as a workshop, open to all levels of classical guitarists. The goal of the workshops are to get the (solo) classical guitarist out of their basement, bedroom, living room and into the fraternity of fellow guitarists so music can be made together. The number of players in Guitar Orchestra has ranged from 8 to 40. Wilson has run 25 workshops over the last 10 years, often writing most of the music performed. There is always a specific focus of the music; from programs exploring the cultures of the Silk Road, Latin America, and Spain, to the study of composers from the late 18th century such as Jan Kritic Neruda and Johann David Henichen. Some of the venues Guitar Orchestra has played are Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, Victoria Conservatory in British Columbia, Soundbridge, The Phinney Neighborhood Center, and the annual Seattle Classic Guitar Society Holiday Concert at the Seattle Mennonite Church.

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Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, arr. Mark Wilson

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