In the News


Austin Monitor

Bloomberg awards let arts groups
focus on growth, and affordability
, Chad Swiatecki
September 4th, 2018

“26 local groups were named in the latest round of grants that so far have targeted five major cities with $43 million in total awards.”


Bloomberg Philanthropies rewards 26 Austin cultural groups with grants, Michael Barnes
August 30th, 2018

“This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.” -Mike Bloomberg

Austin Chronicle

Austin Classical Guitar’s dreamRobert Faires
August 10th, 2018

“This program was powerful for how it reconnected audience members who had been young to that time in life, to the weight of it, with the vast landscape of adulthood before you and the many profound decisions to be made.”


KMFA 89.5

A Look at Austin Classical Guitar’s “Dream”Dianne Donovan
July 29th, 2018

dream is an opportunity for us to listen to perspectives of young people in our community … We have been so impressed by the honesty and by the raw, unvarnished, truthful nature of these young voices.”


St. Louis Post Dispatch

Wanted: Kids who want to learn to play guitar,
Sarah Bryan Miller
July 17th, 2018

10 beginning students who are entering 4th through 6th grades have a chance to learn to play guitar together in a group setting, and then perform together on Saturday. Not only is it free, but they’ll get to keep their guitars.


Music and the Mind Part 1: Blind students take guitar lessons, Jay Wallis
July 16th, 2018

“Music has always been a part of my life,” Gutierrez said. “Music is something that is so integral to who I am. I don’t know where I would be without it.”

Texas Monthly

Austin Classical Guitar Aims To Transform Instruction for the BlindRenuka Rayasam
July 9th, 2018

“The applause was like a wall,” he says. “When we finished that last song, and the applause just goes on—it fills me with a sense of accomplishment.”


Texas Standard
New Web App Teaches Classical Guitar Using BrailleJoy Diaz
June 18th, 2018

“We have kids who are learning a beautiful skill and are becoming passionate about guitar and the world doesn’t have resources to continue that study the way any other child would be able to,” Matt Hinsley says.
But now, the world does have such a resource.


Winners rejoice for 2018 Austin Critics Table Awards,
Michael Barnes
June 5th, 2018

Original Composition/Score:
“I/We,” Joseph V. Williams II


Austin Chronicle

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Treasures of 2017Robert Faires
December 29th, 2017

10) I/WE (Austin Classical Guitar) The moving words of refugees in Central Texas were transformed by Joseph V. Williams II into music that burrowed into your soul and made their journey your own.


Teen Vogue

Music Played an Important Role for These Incarcerated Youth,  PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
October 26th, 2017

“If it hadn’t have been for exposure to the arts, and someone taking a chance on them, who knows where their lives would be headed.” – Kennedy Huff, Student Reporting Labs

Austin Chronicle

Austin Arts Give Harvey ReliefRobert Faires
September 14th, 2017

The free event raised $31,500 for Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and collected several carloads of relief supplies.


Austin Chronicle

Austin Classical Guitar’s i/weMolly Kendrick
July 28th, 2017

“The [refugee’s] words are a door that open up into a space, and that space is created by the music. The listener and the performers – everybody is part of that space.” –Joseph V. Williams II

Austin American-Statesman
Austin Classical Guitar Honors the Plight of RefugeesMichael Barnes
July 26th, 2017

“It seems to me that if ever humanity might benefit from seeing ourselves in the faces of others, it is with regard to refugees.”

Culture Map Austin

Top 10 things to do in Austin right now that aren’t SXSW, Deborah Hamilton-Lynne
March 15th, 2017

Expand your musical horizons with local institutions Austin Classical Guitar Society and Cactus Cafe.



Sing Me a LullabyArts in Context
November 24th, 2016

“What’s going to come of this is that you and your child will have a song together that will last forever.”

PBS News Hour

Learning classical guitar helps kids in trouble change their tuneKLRU
September 8th, 2015

“They played beautifully … They were in their court clothes and looked super professional, and they sounded professional, and they were just completely elated with themselves.”

Austin Family

Striking a Chord: Guitar Program Reaches Students in Austin and BeyondSherida Mock
July, 2015

“We can meet people where they are and resonate in their individual lives. We can say, “This is your music.””