Classical Guitar Society Sale Benefits STL Schools

Hey, all you string-pickin’ guitar players–here’s an opportunity for you to purchase a quality used classical, steel string or 12-string guitar and do good at the same time. The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society has a selection of used instruments–priced to sell–and all proceeds go to the Society’s Guitar Fund. The money is used to purchase classical guitars for the city’s public schools.

In the past two years, the Guitar Society has donated 60 classical guitars to public schools; this school year, the schools have received an additional 30 guitars. The instruments become the property of the school. If you have a guitar you want to donate, check the Society’s website for more information.

The Guitar Society has an active outreach program to schools. Some of their fantastic, world-renowned performers–people who play Carnegie Hall and other international venues–visit public schools while they are in St. Louis. One duo visited NINE schools before their performance. As a result, two music teachers signed up to offer group guitar lessons.

To me, this is a great example of outreach. The Society is pulling in new listeners, new players and contributing to public education at a time when budget woes threaten music programs. Besides donated guitars, the Society accepts cash donations to the school program. Again, go to the webpage and cick on Donate Now. []

Membership in the Classical Guitar Society is just $20 per person, $35 per couple and entitles you to a $4 discount on tickets to world-class performances. You don’t have to be particularly knowledgeable to enjoy these artists; one of the two best performances I’ve seen in my life was by the Assad brothers on a dark and stormy night (really) at the St. Louis Ethical Society. Just so you know how great they were, the other concert was John Pierre Rampal at the Paris Opera House.

So, check out their concerts–there are opportunities to attend Master Classes, too, for just $5; consider buying your next instrument from the Society, or just donate to their School Fund.

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