The Guitar Ensemble is a group of five to six students who play classical music and an occasional jazz arrangement. Its repertoire has included works from the early twentieth century Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer Agustín Barrios, transcriptions of piano pieces by Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius, transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s chorales, and the 1975 classical piece Sensations by the Canadian composer Claude Gagnon.
The ensemble performs for events on campus, such as the annual Ensembles Concert and the President’s Gala, as well as off campus in churches and retirement centers.
Adjunct Professor of Music Lyman Golden, a 30-year veteran teacher and guitarist, directs the ensemble and provides mentorship to its members. Twice-a-week practices help ensemble members improve their sight-reading and other guitar performance skills.
The Guitar Ensemble is one of the more competitive ensembles on campus; membership is reserved for guitar majors and those who can read music and express serious interest in playing guitar.
Students audition to join the Guitar Ensemble unless Professor Golden is familiar with the student’s abilities. Scholarships are not currently offered for participation in the Guitar Ensemble but students may be considered on a case-by-case basis. To audition or join the Guitar Ensemble, email Professor Golden or call him at (864) 993-4190.