Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Guitar Orchestra of Seattle

2016 Fall/Winter Information
The Guitar Orchestra of Seattle is a group of reading guitarists that are sharing their love of cultures and great composers from around the world, familiar and unfamiliar throughout history. The Guitar Orchestra rehearses on the edge of East Ballard/Phinney Ridge in the 100 year old Thomas Chapel Apostolic Church at 165 NW 65th St. on the corner of 2nd ave NW and 65th. Cost is $200 per session for 10 weeks. The Guitar Orchestra rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Guitar orchestra will resume rehearsals on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 with a program dedicated to celebrating Light, as we enter into the shorter days and longer nights. The music will reflect various traditions around the world that celebrate the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. Come join your fellow guitarists and have fun making music with people. Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, September 13th through December 9th. Auditions will be held the previous Tuesday, September 6th at the St Thomas church on the corner of 2nd Ave. NW and 65th. Click Here for More Information (PDF).

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.


Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, arr. Mark Wilson

Mark Hilliard Wilson, YouTube Channel

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