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SBGS Virtual Open Mic

  • 8 Aug 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online on Zoom (see button for link)

VIRTUAL Open Mic Zoom Link

Performer Signup

Host: Jon Mendle 

At the 7:00 p.m. Open Mic start, use the Zoom link to join. If you'd like to perform, fill out the "Performer Signup" form beforehand. Performance order is first-come first-served, although those under 18 can go first. 

Everyone is welcome: Performers of all levels from beginner to professional are warmly received and encouraged. As we are a guitar society, only solo guitarists and ensembles that include at least one guitarist may play.

Acoustic only: Finger-picking styles only. Soloists and ensembles of guitar and other instruments such as violin, flute and ukulele are welcome.

Maximum time per performer: 10 minutes

About the host

Guitarist and lutenist Jon Mendle has toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and made his Carnegie Hall debut while still a student at the age of 19. Jon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Professional Studies Certificate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Judicaël Perroy, Latin Grammy winner Sergio Assad and Richard Savino, with whom he studied lute and historical guitars. Jon has also had lute lessons with Nigel North, Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette. His first album L’infidele, produced by Assad, was called “a beautiful disc” by Soundboard magazine, which added, “Mendle’s playing is a wonder.” Recently, Jon was awarded second prize in the 2021 Concorso di Musica Antica “Maurizio Pratola” international lute competition in L’Aquila, Italy.

Jon performs on a variety of instruments, including 19th century guitar, Renaissance and baroque lutes, vihuela and theorbo. When away from his arsenal of plucked instruments, he enjoys hiking in the beautiful California redwood forests and attempting to pull the perfect espresso shot.

Setup recommendation for performers:

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.

Finally, we recommend that you turn on Original Sound while you are performing and turn if off when not performing.

Contact: 408-915-SBGS

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