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:
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 benefit both performer and students, as they provide valuable performance experience to aspiring professional guitarists, and give young audiences a taste of live classical music played on guitar. Concerts are presented free of charge to the school, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Recital Series
The Society holds up to four student recitals each year. This year’s events will resume when possible. 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 send an email to email@example.com.
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 concerts can enjoy a taste of the classical guitar. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Noon Hour Concerts At St. Andrew’s
In cooperation with Daniel Bickle, the music director of St. Andrew’s, this new initiative began during the 2019-20 season. These noon-time classical music performances take place Fridays from September to April; the Guitar Society of Toronto sponsors three concerts given by professional guitarists. St. Andrew’s Church, King and Simcoe Sts. in downtown Toronto. Sign up to our email list to receive notifications.