Austin Classical Guitar

Organized in 1990, Austin Classical Guitar (ACG) acquired 501(c)3 status in 1996, and is today the leading classical guitar presenter and service organization in the United States. The Board of Directors and staff are committed to advancing the mission of ACG: to inspire individuals in our community through musical experiences of deep personal significance. As part of that effort, ACG presents close to 100 concerts in Austin annually through several distinct concert series, showcasing the world’s greatest classical guitarists along with local and regional talent, and attracting audiences that number in the thousands every year.

The most significant expression of our mission, and the greatest allocation of our human and financial resources, lies with the programs and services that comprise ACG Education. Since launching our first guitar class in one high school in 2001, ACG Education has established classical guitar as an entirely new for-credit fine arts course area serving thousands of students in Austin, and even more throughout Texas and beyond. Our approach has proven an especially effective solution for under-resourced schools struggling to provide high-quality arts education to their students.

The cornerstone of ACG’s work in education, and the key to our growing global reach, is our support for teachers. In 2004, recognizing the need for a comprehensive method for teaching classical guitar in a classroom setting, ACG Education introduced GuitarCurriculum.com, a complete online curriculum and instructional resource for classroom-based classical guitar education used today by hundreds of teachers around the world. Our team also works directly with teachers each year through 3-day Teacher Training Workshops we host in Austin and other sites around the United States.

 

Austin Classical Guitar’s programs and services are made possible through the generosity of our many individual donors, along with support from:

 


Sue L. Nguyen Trust

The Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation,
Michael R. Levy

Kodosky Foundation

Sarah & Ernest
Butler

Ted Philippus &
Carol Wratten

Kendal & Ken
Gladish

Dr. Michael Froehls MFS Foundation
Louise Epstein &
John Henry McDonald
David & Susan
Lastrapes

Bill & Mary
LaRosa
Dr. Ted Held

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Carl Caricari &
Margaret Murray Miller
Michael & Carol
Fields

William Metz

The Benavi Family

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Doug Marcis &
30 Degrees North

Bill & Lynne
Cariker

Laraine & Leon
Lasdon


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Austin Classical Guitar is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.