This page includes media and links highlighting events in the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s programming and educational initiatives. We hope you’ll take time to browse through the selections.
Arts Mastery: Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (presented by the Cleveland Foundation)
Through their Arts Mastery initiative, the Cleveland Foundation recognizes the need for students in Cleveland to have access to meaningful arts education that goes beyond an introductory level. In this video, students, teachers, and school administrators discuss the impact of Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s Education Program.
News 5 Cleveland – Classical Guitar with a Hip-Hop Twist
News 5 Cleveland paid a visit to the Lexington Bell Community Center in July 2019 to see the work CCGS is doing with the students. This project features a collaboration with local hip-hop artist Archie Green and CCGS teacher Andy Poxon. Archie and Andy have been fusing hip-hop and classical guitar in a class that gets kids engaged and excited!
Click here to watch the project in action!
CCGS appeared on CBS This Morning on March 15, 2019
CCGS student Damian Goggans and Erik Mann, Executive Director, appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about the CCGS Education Program. Watch the clip here:
CCGS partnered with Center for Arts-Inspired Learning to present summer ArtWorks, a program which high school students are paid to study their art form and develop career skills. One product of this program was a beautiful, uplifting composition called Brighter Days.
WKSU 89.7 FM – CCGS Education Program feature
“A non-profit arts organization is turning inner-city Cleveland kids into classical guitarists. It’s a growing outreach program started by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, that began working in the schools about six years ago. This past spring, they got a Cleveland Foundation grant to expand to an after-school program in the Clark Fulton neighborhood.”
Click here to listen to the feature which aired on WKSU 89.7 FM
Damian Goggan’s performance with Les Frères Méduses
Prior to joining CCGS’s program, Damian Goggans had never had the opportunity to formally study an instrument. Damian’s many concerts in recent years include this performance with Les Frères Méduses on the International Series in 2018:
CCGS presented classical guitarist Sharon Isbin in her Cleveland debut in February 2018. Prior to the concert she stopped by IdeaStream to chat with WCLV Classical 104.9 host Angela Mitchell. They were joined by local guitarist Colin Davin, a former student of Isbin.
Click here to listen to the feature which aired on WCLV 104.9 FM
The Musical Pathway Fellowship
Two CCGS students have been accepted into the prestigious Musical Pathways Fellowship program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Learn more about the program here: