The Connecticut Guitar Society
P.O. Box 1528
Hartford, CT 06144-1528
Phone: (860) 249-1132
From Bach to Blues, Flamenco to Folk, the Society provides guitar enthusiasts with unique opportunites to hear and play the guitar in intimate settings throughout Connecticut.
The Connecticut Guitar Society is a non-profit presenting arts organization. It is the largest organization of its kind serving the general public and classical guitarists by providing a
forum for listening, learning, performing and teaching.
society presents public concerts featuring world-renowned musicians
and promising local artists. Our signature series, The Guitar
Masters Series, brings to southern New England many of the worlds
best known and most outstanding internationally acclaimed musicians.
This year marks a new era in our history, with the debut of a new Bushnell Concert Series in the elegant Belding Theater at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford. The Society also hosts the Guitar & Friends Concert Series in intimate settings.
Not all concerts are classical in format. Some concerts feature
jazz, folk, Latin and other acoustic finger-style artists.
Each year, the society brings a select number
of the world's finest guitarists to Connecticut's most intimate
stages. Among the Society's most luminary classical guest artists
are Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon
Isbin, Oscar Ghiglia, Badi Assad, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Los Angeles
Guitar Quartet, Eduardo Fernandez, Elliot Fisk, and Kasahito
Yamashita, to name a few. Our concerts have also featured jazz
and acoustic legends such as Al DiMeola, Herb Ellis, Jim Hall,
Kenny Burrell, Larry Coryell, Preston Reed, Bucky Pizzarelli,
and many others.
Our dedication to present the guitar in settings
that exhibit the beauty of the instrument is reflected by
our series, Guitar & Friends - Music in an Intimate Setting.
EDUCATION and PARTICIPATION
The society offers personal services to connect
anyone seeking music instruction, concert level performers,
or live music for planned events with professional guitar
teachers and performers. It also presents Master Classes and
workshops for players at all levels, frequently in collaboration
with local educational institutions. The Society publishes
a Newsletter featuring articles on the guitar and the study
of the instrument; there is also a section where members may
advertise classical guitars and accessories. The Society hosts
a Guitar Orchestra where members of all playing skills gain
performance experience. The Society produces a CD record performed
by its professional members.
Today, the Society boasts 900+ members and
over 2,000 concert attendees from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Known as one
of the largest most active organizations of its kind, Connecticut's
guitar society receives support from individuals, businesses,
granting institutions and government agencies both locally
and nationally. Membership is not exclusive to musicians,
but is open to anyone with an appreciation for the guitar
and fine music. You do not have to be a guitar player to be
The Connecticut Guitar Society
was founded in 1985 to promote the performance and appreciation
of the classical guitar. The society presents three Concert
Series, master classes, outreach programs, recording projects,
referral services, and an internet website hosting guitar
resources -- a variety of programs offered by no other arts
organization in the region. As one of the largest classical
guitar societies in the country, members and affiliates are
drawn from all over New England and beyond. Membership is
open to all including professional, student, and amateur guitarists,
as well as people who simply enjoy the guitar's music. Over
the years, invited artists have represented the most esteemed
classical, jazz and acoustic guitarists performing in their
time, it is well known among guitar enthusiasts throughout
the northeast region of the United States, and it is recognized
by the guitar world as a model guitar society. Our mission
fosters the growth and appreciation of the classical guitar
as we serve the educational and cultural needs of professional,
student and amateur guitarists, as well as the community at
large. . Established by two guitarists, founding president
Judith Handler and founding executive director Penny Phillips,
the Society was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in
1986 as a 501 (3)c non-profit corporation.
The CGS is funded in part by the Connecticut
Commission of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council,
Takamine Guitar, the Roberts Foundation and the D'Addario
Foundation. Charitable donations to the CGS are welcome.
For membership or concert sponsorship information, contact
the CGS Office at 860 249-1132.