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SBGS Community Engagement

Our Mission

    • To bring classical guitar as a cultural offering to the community through performance and interactive demonstrations
      • Events at senior-care and healthcare facilities, social service facilities, libraries, museums, and underserved areas
      • Group instruction and informal performances in schools
      • Informal daytime performances on corporate campuses
    • To raise the profile of the classical guitar and SBGS
      • Increase participation and attendance at SBGS activities
      • Increase SBGS membership

        SBGS community events are free of charge to the participating institutions and audiences 


        Community Engagement Events

        Upcoming events

          • 17 Jun 2024
          • 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
          • Online on Zoom


          Guitar Technique Survey Class

          Every Monday at 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Zoom

           Zoom link to Technique Class 

          Instructors:  Bradly Pupa & Katie Gavelin 

          This course will examine fundamental techniques of guitar playing. We will cover strokes, scales, barre chords, artificial harmonics and more. Students of all levels, including beginners, are welcome. Use the Zoom link above to join the class at 6:45 p.m. 

          Setup recommendation for participants:

          An external microphone such as a Zoom USB digital microphone is recommended for good sound quality. For example, the Zoom H1n works very well. If you don’t have one, the microphone in your computer or mobile device will be adequate.

          We recommend that you install the latest version of Zoom. Go to the Zoom/Check for Updates menu item and run the update, or go to Download Zoom Update.  

          About the instructors

          San Francisco-based classical guitarist and teacher Bradly Pupa has performed Manuel Ponce’s Concierto del Sur with the Berkeley Symphony, presented a recital on the Peninsula Guitar Series, and toured Beijing, Tianjin, and Hangzhou, China. He is the first prize winner of the 2017 Sierra Nevada Competition. Bradly received his bachelor's degree in 2016, his master's in 2018, and his Professional Studies Diploma in 2019 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Sérgio Assad and Judicaël Perroy. Bradly is on the faculty of the guitar program at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.

          Canadian classical guitarist Katie Gavelin has been a part of the musical world for more than 20 years. From a young age, she had a love for the instrument that quickly grew into a desire to make it her profession. Katie has been a featured artist with the Calgary Classical Guitar Society and given numerous solo and chamber performances in the Southern Alberta area since 2008, presenting works by Britten, Bogdanovic, Hoppstock, Beauvais and Tarrega. In 2014 she had the honor of premieringThe Second Oldest Question by William Beauvais, written for her in 2013. Katie also was a member of the inaugural U.S. Guitar Orchestra in summer 2019, premiering three pieces written for the group on a multi-city tour with renowned guitarist William Kanengiser beginning in Carnegie Hall and ending in Paris.

          Katie has had the honor of participating in masterclasses with Roland Dyens, Kazuhito Yamashita, Michael Partington and Manuel Barrueco. As a teacher, Katie believes in creating strong musical fundamentals while exploring various styles of music. Blending music theory with technique, she strives to help her students achieve a strong technical understanding of how the guitar works and how music is constructed. Katie completed her Bachelor of Music in 2012 under Ralph Maier at the University of Calgary. She continued her studies in 2015 with a Master of Music and in 2016 with a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Marc Teicholz.





          • 24 Jun 2024
          • 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
          • Online on Zoom


          Guitar Technique Survey Class

          Every Monday at 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Zoom

           Zoom link to Technique Class 

          Instructor:  Sebastian Quintero

          Welcome to Technique Workout! We'll cover fretboard knowledge, tone production and rhythm as well as other issues related to these areas. Each class will include structured exercises performed as a group and discussions of using technique to achieve more depth in your playing. This class is intended for guitarists of all levels, including beginners and longtime players. Join us to sharpen your technique and musicianship and improve your expression through your music!

          Use the Zoom link above to join the class at 6:45 p.m. 

          Setup recommendation for participants:

          An external microphone such as a Zoom USB digital microphone is recommended for good sound quality. For example, the Zoom H1n works very well. If you don’t have one, the microphone in your computer or mobile device will be adequate.

          We recommend that you install the latest version of Zoom. Go to the Zoom/Check for Updates menu item and run the update, or go to Download Zoom Update.  

          About the instructor: 

          Specializing in jazz and Spanish guitar, Sebastian Quintero received his degree in 2019 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Marc Teicholz and has been a working musician since. As a soloist, Quintero has delighted audiences along the West coast in venues ranging from intimate house concerts to large concert halls. Quintero resides in Redmond, Wash., where he is a full-time performing musician.


           



        Past events

        10 Jun 2024 Guitar Technique Class
        3 Jun 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        20 May 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        13 May 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        6 May 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        29 Apr 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        28 Apr 2024 Private Event at Mission Skilled Nursing & Subacute Center
        22 Apr 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        15 Apr 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        14 Apr 2024 Private Event at Sunnyvale Post-Acute Center
        8 Apr 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        1 Apr 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        26 Mar 2024 Guitar Night: Campbell Library & SJG School of Music
        25 Mar 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        18 Mar 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        11 Mar 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        10 Mar 2024 The Big Guitar Show
        10 Mar 2024 The Big Guitar Show
        4 Mar 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        2 Mar 2024 2024 Jerry Snyder GuitarFest
        26 Feb 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        18 Feb 2024 Juan Carlos Navarro, guitar - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        12 Feb 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        5 Feb 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        3 Feb 2024 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        29 Jan 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        28 Jan 2024 Private Event at Mission Skilled Nursing & Subacute Center
        27 Jan 2024 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        26 Jan 2024 Private Event at Shires Memorial Center
        22 Jan 2024 Guitar Technique Survey Class
        21 Jan 2024 Wasska Project, guitar and cajon duo - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        14 Jan 2024 Private Event at Sunnyvale Post-Acute Center
        13 Jan 2024 Janet Noguera, Classical Guitarist - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        13 Jan 2024 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        24 Dec 2023 Private Event at Mission Skilled Nursing & Subacute Center
        10 Dec 2023 Private Event at Sunnyvale Post-Acute Center
        9 Dec 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        2 Dec 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        26 Nov 2023 Private Event at Mission Skilled Nursing & Subacute Center
        18 Nov 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        12 Nov 2023 Private Event at Sunnyvale Post-Acute Center
        11 Nov 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        4 Nov 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        21 Oct 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        14 Oct 2023 Performance Anxiety Workshop with Daniel Ramjattan
        14 Oct 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        8 Oct 2023 Private Event at Sunnyvale Post-Acute Center
        30 Sep 2023 SBGS Ensemble Rehearsal
        25 Aug 2023 A Classical Guitar Concert to benefit Pajaro Middle School
        16 Aug 2023 Classical guitarist Chris Shahin - PRIVATE EVENT
        16 Jul 2023 Bowen Zheng, Classical Guitarist - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        11 Jul 2023 Bowen Zheng, Classical Guitarist - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        9 Jul 2023 Bowen Zheng, Classical Guitarist - FREE LIBRARY EVENT
        8 Jul 2023 Bowen Zheng, Classical Guitarist - PRIVATE EVENT
        7 Jul 2023 Bowen Zheng, Classical Guitarist - FREE PERFORMANCE EVENT

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