Letter from the President

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming season: Sep 27, Douglas Niedt; Oct 25, Odair Assad; Nov 8, Cavatina Duo;  Jan 24, Angel Romero; Feb 28, Martha Masters; and Mar 28, Fabio Zanon. Just click on their names in the righthand column. Check out our great subscription option first!
 
Just $5 to attend and listen to master teacher Douglas Niedt coach some of our local young talented players! All performers this year will give a master class on the Sunday following their performances. All classes begin at 1:00 pm at locations to be announced. Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Washington University's 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue University City 63130. No charge to Guitar Society Members!
 
Tune in to our new classical music station, Radio Arts Foundation--St. Louis FM 107.3 or at www.rafstl.org every Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 pm to hear  "Inside Classical Guitar"! We've just celebrated our One-year Anniversary! All past shows are archived on this website--just click on ICG RADIO SHOW on our menu bar.
Our 2014 Visionary Fundraising Campaign has made our fundraising goal of $20,000! Ten individuals and couples have collectively matched all new donations to our organization through June 30, 2014, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, up to $10,000! This enabled us to balance our budget, grow our capacity and expand our educational activities for St. Louis schools. Thank you to all who donated! We still need listener support to keep our radio show "Inside Classical Guitar" on the air--please click on ICG Radio Show on our menu above to see more.
 
Our 50th Anniversary Video is now available for all to view and enjoy at: 50th Anniversary Video Retrospective

To All of our Devoted Followers:    On November 7, 8, and 9 2013 we were able to observe students in nine of our city public schools as Brazilian guitarists Douglas Lora and João Luiz visited classrooms and assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools.  At every stop both students and teachers became a rapt audience for their amazing virtuosity and willingness to share of themselves. Most of these students had never met classical musicians in real life, let alone witness them perform for them personally. Here’s just a few of the students’ written comments about the visit:  “This is a wonderful day that I will never in my life forget. I used to see playing an instrument as something that wasn’t really important, but after today that totally changed.”

“I really enjoyed you guys playing. I can visualize a story out of each one. The first one I visualized a woman and man dancing but then the man said he loved her but the man was already married, so the woman ran away. The second one I thought of a man going insane and it was all in black and white. The last one I thought of a woman sitting next to a pond picking petals off of a flower thinking of her past love who died.”
 
“I fell in love with the melodies you guys played. I never heard anyone play so well. You guys made me want to learn to play guitar, the way you play is just so beautiful it tells a story. I will be attending your performance Saturday to hear more.”
 
      Last Fall--with the financial support of many of you!--we were able to donate a total of 95 instruments to Sherman Elementary, Langston Middle, and Soldan High schools. This brings to seven the number of schools who have received guitars from us.  Music can build skills, instill confidence, and promote creativity and social cooperation. 
 
      This program is just the first step in our broader plan to support music education in the schools.  Please consider making a donation to our organization this calendar year.  Just go to the bottom of the middle column on this page and click on Donate Now to see more about our programs. Thank you so much for your support!
 
      Sincerely,
 
      
      William Ash
      President