Cleveland Guitar Orchestra

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The Cleveland Guitar Orchestra has two sessions per year, each with ten scheduled meetings, led by expert director James Flood. Rehearsals for the Fall 2021 session will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:15-2:45 PM. This is our most advanced orchestra.

If you are a new member, before paying please contact us at to set up a free session with James Flood to determine placement in the ensemble. This orchestra is designed for those who have at least one year of lessons up to those who play at an advanced level.



Rehearsals (Sundays 1:15-2:45 PM)
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 24
May 1, 8
(Note: there is no rehearsal on April 17)

May 15 (rehearsal time TBA & 3:00 PM concert) – John Carroll University
For recitals 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

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

Cost and Deadline

Sign-up for The Cleveland Guitar Orchestra for spring 2022 is over. Please check back and/or follow us on social media for updates.


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About James Flood

(Director of the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra)

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.