Guitar Concert Series

The Skaneateles Library and the Great Lakes Guitar Society would like to invite you to join us for a classic guitar concert series with some of the best musicians in the region! We are scheduling great guitar performances every month! Check our calendar for the latest info. This series is supported in part by a generous gift from the Dillon-Brownjohn Family.

Upcoming Performances

Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 PM: Lynn McGrath

Lynn McGrath’s unique fusion of poetry and guitar blend her passion for theater, literature and guitar. As a touring soloist, chamber artist and respected pedagogue, McGrath has appeared in North America, South America, Europe and New Zealand as performer, lecturer and an adjudicator of a number of international and national competitions. In addition to solo performances, McGrath is a member of the highly acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet and former member of the trio, Presti.

After receiving degrees in Spanish Language and Literature as well as Education, she completed a music degree at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (where she taught as a full-time instructor) and went on to earn a MM and DMA from the University of Southern California. In 2016, Lynn taught as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City University and in Fall of 2017 joined the faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, University of Rochester, NY.

Saturday, March 31st: Austin Wahl

Austin Wahl is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began study of the classical guitar at age five with Alan Johnston, a former member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Subsequently, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a performer’s certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently a doctoral student of Dr. Nicholas Goluses.

Wahl has won top prizes in Great Lakes Guitar Society Competition, Montreal Competition, Schubert Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, University of Louisville Competition, Indiana University Competition, Southern Guitar Festival, Lone Star Guitar Competition, and Hamilton Guitar Competition. He has performed in masterclasses for guitarists such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Roland Dyens, and Raphaella Smits. In addition to his classical playing, Wahl enjoys numerous other styles of music. He won the 2009 youth division of the Minnesota State Fair Bluegrass Flatpicking competition, and has performed in a bluegrass band masterclass for internationally known banjoist Bela Fleck. At age 14 he also built a fully functional electric guitar (dubbed the “Wahl-o-Caster”) with a body of solid purpleheart, weighing in at nearly fifteen pounds.

Saturday, April 21st: Matthew Gillen

Bio coming soon.

Saturday, May 26th: David Steinhardt

Classical guitarist David Steinhardt currently studies with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero as a scholarship student at the USC Thornton School of Music. From the age 11 he has performed in numerous competitions and festivals in the US, Canada and Europe. David has been a prize winner in over 10 competitions including 1st Place at the 2012 Montreal International Youth Guitar Competition, Winner of the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition (Junior Guitar Division), 1st Place at the 2014 Great Lakes Collegiate Guitar Competition, and 1st Place at the 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Competition. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras making his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. That year he was also featured on the NPR Radio Show, From the Top. Other notable performances include the 2013 Montreal International Guitar Festival headlining concert (with Polish virtuoso Marcin Dylla), WXXI’s Backstage Pass (with Christopher O’Riley and Sir James Galway), concert at the 2016 Hamilton International Guitar Festival, and Classical KUSC’s Sunday’s Live. In 2018, David performed the LA premier of Stephen Goss’ A Concerto of Colours. David plays a guitar made by the Spanish luthier, Paco Santiago Marin.

Saturday, June 23rd: TBD

Bio coming soon.


Past Performances

Saturday, January 20th at 7:30 PM: Benjamin Ellis

Ellis will perform a collection of romantic and contemporary music that highlights the many expressive capabilities of the guitar. The program features the music of composers Agustin Barrios Mangoré Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jorge Morel, Isaac Albéniz and Roland Dyens.

Benjamin Ellis is adjunct professor of Guitar and director of the Classical Guitar Ensemble at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy. He holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University in Classical Guitar Performance studying under Dr. Kenneth Meyer, and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Fredonia School of Music, studying under under Evan Drummond. Ellis performs regularly as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing with groups such as the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Hendricks Chapel Choir at Syracuse University, the Hobart and William Smith Chorale, Syracuse Opera, and as part of the Great Lakes Guitar Quartet. He is also part of the LaLena-Ellis Duo, whose most recent performance was at the Day of Guitar Festival at Onondaga Community College. An active teacher in the Syracuse area, Ellis has been featured as a guest instructor at Syracuse University, Mansfield University and the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University. In addition to teaching and performing, Ellis serves as President of the Great Lakes Guitar Society, working to promote the classical guitar in the greater New York area.

Thursday, December 14th 2017 at 7:00 PM: The Music School of CNY Classic Guitar Ensemble

The Music School of CNY Classic Guitar Ensemble is a talented group of music students dedicated to promoting the classic guitar literature and its rich history throughout the community. The group performs a wide variety of music representing many cultures from around the world dating from the Renaissance to the present day. The ensemble at times features additional instruments and performers to achieve a rich, dynamic and full range of sound.

This ensemble is made up of a group of students enrolled in private classical guitar studies and younger students participating in the Syracuse Childbloom Guitar Program. The majority of these students have been playing guitar for a few years and have demonstrated a high aptitude of music reading, tone production and playing ability. These students are studying with John Ferrara, who also performs with and directs the group.