Community Guitar Orchestra

Details for the Spring 2023 session of Community Guitar Orchestra are below. 

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The Community Guitar Orchestra has two sessions per year with ten meetings each. This ensemble is intended for beginning to intermediate guitarists, teen through adult.


Rehearsals: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, (4/8 off for Easter) 15, 22, 29

Performance Date: SundayMay 7th at 3:00pm on the John Carroll University Campus*

John Carroll University
St. Francis Chapel
1 John Carroll Blvd.
University Heights, OH

*For performances at John Carroll University, please note that although the general campus address is listed as 1 John Carroll Blvd, the recitals are held in the St Francis Chapel. When driving to campus, you can either enter from the main entrance at Warrensville Circle (once you pass the guard gate follow the road to the right and all the way down until it dead ends at the Belvoir lot), or from the Belvoir Rd entrance which leads right into the Belvoir lot. After parking in the Belvoir lot, you’ll enter the building closest to Belvoir Rd, which will say Recreation Complex (or Lombardo Student Center or Natatorium). Enter from the door that faces the parking lot, and follow the hallway to your left until you come to a set of stars that leads down to the chapel.


Rehearsal Location

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

Cost and Deadline

Registration for Community Guitar Orchestra ends January 23rd at midnight. 

Cost: $150/ participant


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About Tom Ray

(Director of Community Guitar Orchestra)

Tom received his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, studying under Dr. Loris Chobanian and has his Master’s degree in classical guitar at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin. His musical influences and teaching styles cover a broad cross-section, including shred, classical, blues, jazz, rock, finger style, and more.

Tom has taught guitar, bass, ukulele, songwriting, and theory to students of all ages for more than 15 years in Cleveland at Aurora School of Music, in New York City at Encore Music Lessons and Music, Dance & Art School of Douglaston, and in New Jersey at Believe in Music Studio. While in Austin, he was hired to take over a well-established studio at Don’t Stop Rockin’ and helped the studio expand while participating in rock and roll camps designed to give young musicians real-world experience in the field of music performance.

Tom has performed in many different settings including performing Concerto for Electric Guitar, which was composed for him by Dr. Chobanian. He has also performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, played the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, and has performed in over 50 pit orchestras. Since returning to Cleveland after a decade away, Tom has performed in the pit for “Kinky Boots” at BW, is performing as a jazz duo with his wife playing weekly brunch at District in Playhouse Square, and has performed at The Cleveland Museum of Art.