Building community through music.
Utah Classical Guitar presents world-class performers and works to expand the guitar community through education and public engagement.
The community benefits from Utah Classical Guitar (UCG) offerings in several ways:
Our Artist Series concerts provide the opportunity for Salt Lake residents to hear top level classical guitar performers from around the world. The master classes given by these amazing performers are open to the public and provide an experience of immeasurable value to students and music lovers in our community. Without the efforts of UCG, world-class classical guitar concerts and master classes would simply not be a part of the cultural and musical landscape of Salt Lake County.
Because of our free community concerts and "open mic" events, the Salt Lake community has access to hear great performers regardless of ability to pay, and local players and guitar enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are able to share their talents and actively participate in music. The popularity of these events proves that classical guitar music is a vibrant and engaging form of expression for all. This is an essential part of our unique contribution because it fosters a sense of belonging. All of us have an important role to play in creating the wonderfully diverse experience of arts in our community.
Our education and outreach initiatives also provide great value to the community by inspiring and energizing young people with limited access. Visiting artists work with students in our after school programs at the Sorenson Unity Center and Riley Elementary. For many of these students, our program is their first experience with classical guitar. The guitar is the perfect tool to put classical music into the hands of young people who might not otherwise have these opportunities. Such a popular and familiar instrument bridges the gap between young people and classical music and serves as a gateway to a lifelong appreciation of the arts.
Value of music education:
Utah Classical Guitar seeks to provide a positive learning experience with lasting impact. Giving all kids access to great performers and teachers is important. Providing opportunities for kids to set goals and challenge themselves in music builds confidence. Setting kids up for a lifetime of musical expression and appreciation for the arts has immeasurable value to our community.
Artist Series Concerts:
Each season, we present four top-level, internationally recognized soloists or ensembles in public concerts in the Regent Street Black Box at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. These are ticketed events.
These performances appeal to all classical music lovers, especially guitar enthusiasts and those interested in Spanish or South American music.
This series was created to fill a void in the music offerings in Utah due to geographic isolation from the East and West coast hubs of classical guitar activity.
Free community concerts:
Visiting artists, local professionals, and advanced student ensembles perform at various locations including the Sorenson Unity Center, the University of Utah, local galleries, libraries, and other public spaces.
These concerts are aimed at expanding access to more neighborhoods and to families, students, and all regardless of ability to pay.
These offerings originated for the purposes of expanding and diversifying access to classical guitar performances in the community.
Group guitar classes:
We offer free weekly group guitar classes for youth and adults at the Sorenson Unity Center, and also classes for 4th and 5th graders at Riley Elementary School, all in partnership with the Mundi Project.
These classes primarily attract families in the Glendale community.
This partnership and programming was created to better serve the community with expanded options for free music education.
Visiting performers from the Artist Series also teach two-hour classes with selected student players and an audience.
These events are free and open to the public, benefitting teachers, students, all musicians, and community members interested in hearing great artists talk about music.
These events allow serious local students to learn from the world’s best performers.
“Open mic” events:
Pre-registered players of all ages and levels perform at three concerts per year at Summerhays Music in Murray.
Local students, school ensembles, hobbyists, and professionals use this opportunity to perform on stage and share their work with each other and an appreciative audience.
The purpose of this event is to serve as a showcase for talent in the community.
Summer Guitar Festival:
Two days of workshops, master classes, teacher training, orchestra rehearsals, juries, and concerts bring diverse groups together.
The variety of offerings at the festival attracts teachers, students of all ages and levels, and community members.
This event celebrates the classical guitar, its music, and its impact through education and community engagement.