Introduction to Ensemble Playing for Guitar

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Meeting: 5 weeks, Thursdays, May 11 to June 8, 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: John Carroll University
Cost: $60 for 5 weeks
Teachers: Brian Gaudino and Erik Mann
Questions: 216-905-9348 or
Registration: Please register via the payment box to the right of this message.

This class offers guitarists the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills. There will be time to have fun and make music! We will guide students on a path toward becoming more musical in their solo playing, feeling more confident in duos and small ensembles, and developing the skills to play in CCGS’s guitar orchestras, including: Youth Guitar Orchestra (new fall 2017), Beginning Guitar Orchestra (all ages, new fall 2017), and Cleveland Guitar Orchestra (for intermediate and advanced teens and adults).

Topics include: pulse and rhythm, aligning attacks, listening skills, dynamics, tone, articulation, rubato, following a conductor or ensemble partner, and more.

Prerequisite: This class is open to guitarists ages 8 to adult, and it is recommended that students take private lessons. At a minimum students should be able to easily play and read from our prepared excerpts, please click here to view excerpt PDF . Many different levels are accepted, and students who are more advanced will be given more difficult parts.


About the Teachers:

 Brian Gaudino is a classical and jazz guitarist and educator. He is a teaching artist for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society and the Assistant Director of the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra. He first discovered the classical guitar through a program at his high school, which is one of the reasons he is excited to work with CCGS to provide high- quality classical guitar instruction in schools with limited arts access. Before coming to Cleveland, Brian was a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he taught classical and jazz guitar, musicianship, and directed the Jazz Guitar Ensemble.

Brian earned first place at the 2009 UL Lafayette Friends of Music Classical Guitar Competition and was the recipient of the Richard Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Endowed Graduate Award. He has performed in master classes with prominent guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, Christopher Parkening, David Tanenbaum, Adam Holzman, Jerome Ducharme, and Frank Koonce. He has performed as a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band.

Brian was born in Michigan and raised in Springfield, VA. He holds a master’s degree in guitar performance from UL Lafayette and a bachelor’s degree in music from The College of William and Mary. He lives with his wife, Lucy, in Cleveland Heights,
where he performs in a variety of genres and teaches private lessons. He also teaches at Skyline Music in Westlake.


Erik Mann
is Executive Director of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, a role in which he has combined his love of classical music and education and which he has led since 2009. Under his leadership the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society has created the International Series, which now presents the finest classical guitarists in the world, as well as an education program which builds classical guitar programs in partnership with public schools. Since 2004 Erik has been a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he teaches Guitar Literature and Guitar Pedagogy as well as lessons for the preparatory department. He serves on the committee for review of stringed instrument applications of the Fulbright US student program. Erik’s performances on the classical guitar include the Cleveland Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Erie Philharmonic and Erie Chamber Orchestra. Erik holds degrees in music performance from Towson University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2015 he was one of only 25 arts leaders nationwide chosen to enroll in the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.