Education and Outreach

Education and outreach are key parts of the Guitar Society of Toronto’s mandate.  We are committed to enriching Toronto’s cultural life and building awareness of classical music and classical guitar.  We do this by providing performance opportunities for students and aspiring professionals, helping outstanding young guitarists pursue their musical development, creating a meeting place for guitar aficionados, organizing free concerts for schools and hospitals, and giving free concert tickets to deserving people who couldn’t otherwise attend.

Investment in Students

The Guitar Society supports learning through classical music and classical guitar in a variety of ways as follows:

Masterclasses

The Guitar Society supports the development of up-and-coming guitarists by sponsoring masterclasses at the University of Toronto for university level students.

Kenneth G. Mills Foundation – Performance Outreach Residency

We are particularly excited by our Performance Outreach Programme which funds guitar concerts in local schools and other venues such as hospitals and retirement homes. This programme is generously sponsored by the Kenneth G. Mills Foundation.

These concerts provide valuable performance experience to aspiring professional guitarists, and give audiences a taste of live classical music played on guitar. Concerts are presented free of charge to the organization, and the performer is paid a modest fee.

If you would like to be considered as a performer for this programme, or know of an organization which would benefit from a concert, please contact the coordinator at  info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.

Student Recital Series

The Society holds up to four student recitals each year.  Recitals are held at seniors’ homes, such as the recital hall of the Briton House Retirement Centre, 720 Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Belmont House, 55 Belmont St.

Recitals showcase:

  • Children and young people up to the high school level
  • Rising Stars Concert, advanced players from RCM grade 8 and above.
  • Adult performers

The Guitar Society of Toronto welcomes all amateur guitarists in the GTA to participate in these recitals which are presented free of charge for both performers and audience members.

If you or a student would like to participate in one of our recitals please contact Anna Graham at agraham@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.

Pre-Concert Junior Performances

The Guitar Society strives to support young local guitarists.  We can think of no better way to do so than by allowing them to share the stage with some of the world’s greatest performers.  Pre-Concert Junior Performances feature a young student, up to high school age, who plays one or two short pieces (5-7 minutes) before each of our International Performing Artist Concerts.

If you have a student you would like to recommend, please contact Anna Graham at agraham@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.

Urban Outreach

The Guitar Society of Toronto provides free tickets to each of its International Performing Artist Concerts so that people who could not normally attend classical music conerts can enjy a taste of the classical guitar. Please contact info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.

Community Guitar Orchestra – See Guitar Orchestra Page >

Café Concerts – See Membership / Subscription Page >