Youth Guitar Orchestra

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The Cleveland Youth Guitar Orchestra is for teens and youth grades 7-12 (younger students with significant experience may be considered). Rehearsals for the Spring 2022 session will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM. This ensemble is directed by Rodrigo Lara Alonso.


Rehearsals (Saturdays 9:30-11:00 AM)

March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 23, 30
May 7
(Note: there is no rehearsal on on April 16)

May 15 (2:00 PM rehearsal & 3:00 PM concert) – John Carroll University

Rehearsal Location

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

Cost and Deadline

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


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About Rodrigo Lara Alonso

(Educator & Latinx Community Liaison and Director of Youth Guitar Orchestra)

Rodrigo Lara Alonso joined the faculty of the CCGS Education Program in Fall 2019 after being selected through a national search. In addition to his work as a full-time guitar instructor, Rodrigo serves as the Latinx Community Liaison for CCGS, and is fluent in three languages. He holds degrees in music and Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and postgraduate degrees from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Indiana University Bloomington. Rodrigo has extensive experience conducting guitar ensembles, and is the founder of Sicarú, which has won eleven First Prizes in six different countries. His recording México de mis sueños (Orquesta de Guitarras Néstor Castañeda), and ¡Candombe! (Sicarú) are available on the Tempus Clásico label. He is currently working on his dissertation as part of a PhD degree in Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi. Rodrigo is the director of the Cleveland Youth Guitar Orchestra.