Welcome to the Website of the   

CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY OF MICHIGAN

in our 61st Season

   


CGSM is a non-profit 501-c3 organization.

“The most important mission of our society is to encourage involvement and success in music making for teachers, students and all classical guitarists alike. And to foster a community of people who love listening to Classical Guitar" 

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan (CGSM) was founded by noted guitarist and teacher, Joe Fava in 1955.
The membership comprises both amateur and professional guitarists who are encouraged to perform at the monthly meetings. 
CGSM Guitar Notes Archive 2011-2012
This is a great opportunity to share pieces you enjoy playing, to play ensemble music and just talk with other  people who have a similar love for the guitar.  Many meetings also have a performance by a featured artist or ensemble.  The CGSM provides a forum where guitarists, and all who appreciate the guitar, gather together to play and  hear the instrument in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

Meetings are usually held at 2pm, one Sunday each month. Check the calendar for exact dates, times and locations, and to see if there's a featured artist or ensemble that month. Admission is free to first time visitor, members and students.  All are welcome.  Musical events are featured in the newsletter. If you'd like be on our emailing list to receive newsletters and announcements or if you have have any questions, you can contact our president, Brian Roberts at: president.cgsm@gmail.com  Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the meetings!  

CGSM fees: Free Admission for students under 25, first-time visitors & parents accompanying participating children, otherwise there is a modest $5 fee per meeting for non-members, $25 per year for individual membership, $37 per year for family membership.
 

A Detroit tradition

Since 1955


Join us on our new Facebook page for news, comments from members and pictures at:
https://www.facebook.com/guitarmichigan

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Click below to read our newsletters
CGSM Guitar Notes Archive 2013-2014



Our next meeting is 2pm, September 20th, at the Plymouth Public Library

Our Featured performer will be Detroit's own 

David Laabs, classical guitar



A native of and currently residing in Detroit, MI, David Laabs, is a guitarist and songwriter with a multi-faceted repertoire that features Classical, Spanish Classical, Blues, Country and Contemporary music as well as his original compositions. For over 30 years, David has been a professional performing and recording musician and teacher, playing to audiences across the United States and abroad, as well as producing and releasing five classical and two contemporary CD's. David has had guest appearances on television and radio shows both in the U.S. and abroad.  

His musical style has been influenced by such legendary guitarists as: Christopher Parkening, John Williams, Steve Howe and Chet Atkins among others.

Reviewing his performances, critics and peers have said:  Michael Walden, Grammy award-winning producer: "I was impressed by David's virtuosity."  Paul Schaeffer, The David Letterman Show: "Dave's medley of John Lennon songs was extraordinary and I was blown away by his arrangement of "Windy and Warm".  Daily News: "He offers the best of the melody without confusing the listeners' ears."



Our meeting on the 20th will also include ensemble reading and open play.


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Check our Calendar for Information on Our Future Events 

(Link on Left)

Here's a picture of  our ensemble taking a bow after a fine performance in May 2012

A Note from our President

     I would like to welcome everybody to a season of music sharing and music making.  You are invited to join us. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody and hearing their musical offerings, during open play, or just informally during our gathering times, before and after planned parts of the meeting. First time visitors are always welcome and get free admission. This is a great place and time to make new friends, as well as seeing old friends.  

    The mission of our society is to provide a positive environment for lovers of the classical guitar and our close relatives, the lute and the acoustic guitar, and to share their music with a community who appreciates the intriguing and expressive sounds that come out of these instruments. Our open play is a special opportunity for listeners and players alike, because we are a group of people who are deeply involved in what you are doing and what you are communicating. Open play participation is encouraged for all members and students; one to three pieces up to ten minutes for each soloist or group is recommended.   

    Also this year we will continue open our meetings with an informal  ensemble reading session. This session is open to all present and future society members. We will be playing a variety of music, and will have parts of varying difficulty, so that players at different levels can enjoy making music together. Please join us for the grand sound of many guitars playing together!

    Aside from our regular meetings, we will have student recitals and special guest from time to time. Check our webpage and newsletters for more information.  

   We have a great season ahead of us! Please contact me with any questions or ideas at guitarmichigan@gmail.com.                                          
    Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meetings! 

                                                                                Musically Yours, Brian      


The most important mission of our society is to
encourage involvement and success in music making 
for teachers, students and all classical guitarists alike. And to
foster a community of people who love listening to Classical Guitar.



 

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan (CGSM) is a non-profit 501-c3 organization dedicated to “foster the love, appreciation and the use of the guitar as one of the great instruments of musical art, and to bring together all those who share this conviction.”  The Society was founded by noted guitarist and teacher, Joe Fava in 1955. The membership comprises both amateur and professional guitarists who are encouraged to perform at meetings. This is a great opportunity to share pieces you enjoy playing, to play ensemble music and just talk with other people who have a similar love for the guitar.  Many meetings also have a performance by a featured artist or ensemble.  The CGSM provides a forum where guitarists, and all who appreciate the guitar, gather together to play and hear the instrument in a friendly, informal atmosphere. CGSM fees:  Free Admission for students under 25, first-time visitors & parents accompanying participating children, otherwise there is a modest $5 fee per meeting for non-members, $25 per year for individual membership, $37 per year for family membership.  Members receive $5 tdiscount off tickets on the CGSM Artist's Series Concerts.

Our Officers

President: Brian Roberts, Vice-President: Tom Tudek, Treasurer: William Bauer, Newsletter Editor: Bing Lui

Webmaster: David Toth, Librarian/Archivist: Annette Demmink, Youth Education Director: Scott Walter, Artistic Director: Mary Jo Disler

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