Cleveland Guitar Orchestra

The Cleveland Guitar Orchestra, sponsored by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, has 2 sessions per year, led by expert director James Flood. Rehearsals are on Sundays, 1:15-2:45 PM, except when otherwise noted.

Check back for dates for the Fall 2017 Session.

Coming soon: a new Youth Guitar Orchestra for teens and kids and Beginning Guitar Orchestra for adults and teens, led by Brian Gaudino, will be announced in summer 2017.

Interested in joining one of our 3 orchestras? Contact us for more information.


Rehearsal location:
Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Cost and Deadline

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Registration is not currently open, please look for updates regarding registration. The cost of the orchestra is $150, which includes all 10 sessions, sheet music, etc. Payment must be made in advance of the start date. Payment can be made by phone with a credit card (216-905-9348), by mail with a check (address below), or on this website by adding the membership to your cart and checking out.

Check Address

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
PO Box 19162
Cleveland OH 44119

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New Member Information

If you are a new member, before paying please contact James Flood (information below) to set up a free session to determine your level. This orchestra is designed for those who have at least 1 year of lessons up to advanced level.


Questions about payment or logistics? Send a message to CCGS Executive Director Erik Mann by clicking here. Questions about music or level of difficulty? Contact CCGS Orchestra Director James Flood at

About the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra’s director, James Flood

James Flood received his Bachelor’s (’89) and Master’s (’93) degrees in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where, for his Master’s degree, he was a student of Manuel Barrueco. He has also studied with David Tanenbaum, Julian Gray, and Ray Chester. He has performed solo recitals in Baltimore, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Wheeling, West Virginia, where he performed as a soloist with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

James Flood has conducted numerous choirs at posts including the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, his own Sacred Arts Chamber Choir, and at his current post, St. Clement Church in Lakewood. He also directs the Lyceum Schola Cantorum at the Lyceum School in South Euclid, which has been praised by the Chant Cafe: “[Flood] has managed to turn a random group of high school kids into a world-class liturgical choir right in the heart of America. Incredible.”

Mr. Flood has taught private guitar lessons at numerous schools, including Gettysburg College and Morgan State University. In 1999, he received a grant from Gettysburg College to research new avenues to further more ergonomically effective classical guitar technique. Today he teaches exclusively out of his own private studio, James Flood Guitar Lessons. Mr. Flood resides in Lakewood with his wife and six children.