Austin American Statesman

4 Austin arts workers on how they push through a pandemic, Michael Barnes
Sept 9, 2020

In the Austin arts scene, the coronavirus pandemic darkened stages and closed many creative spaces over the past six months, at least temporarily. How, we asked, did the crisis change the lives of people who work in the local arts scene?

KMFA 89.5

At Home With Austin Classical Guitar’s Dr. Matthew HinsleyDianne Donovan
August 2, 2020

We’ll enjoy an artist profile of Matt Hinsley, then he’ll let us know what he and ACG are doing to stay in touch with their fans and friends and to keep their mission of community service and Togetherness.

Now you can meditate (virtually) at the James Turrell Skyspace, “The Color Inside”

Sight Lines: Arts, Culture, News, and Ideas
May 16, 2020

“Experiencing the slowly shifting colors seemed to me like a great analog for slowly changing harmonic progressions.”

Austin PBS

Arts in Context: Flamenco India
November 27, 2019

Discover the influence of Indian music on Spain’s flamenco tradition. Oliver Rajamani performs his project Flamenco India with guest guitarist Jerónimo Maya at legendary Austin PBS Studio 6A.

Austin American Statesman

Austin classical guitarists are out to change the world as social servantsMichael Barnes
September 19, 2019

A few years ago, a young man who faced serious criminal charges entered the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center off South Congress Avenue. “He was angry, as many were, and detached. Yet the staff at the center felt he would do well in a guitar class.”

The Utopian

Healing through lullabies, Montinique Monroe

September 16, 2019

“Lauren Bruno always wanted to be a mother. Her entry into motherhood, however, was not what she thought it would be. As a soon-to-be mother with no income making extensive hospital visits, Bruno felt overwhelmed. 

Paper Trail

Young GuitarCharlotte Barnes

June 20, 2019

“I didn’t consider myself to be an artistic or musical person, but since I started improving with guitar, I’ve been able to see that different side of myself and it has allowed me to see the world a little differently.”

Texas Standard

A Mother With A Broken Heart Reflects On The Joy Her Late Son Brought HerJoy Diaz
May 9, 2019

Her son was attending St. Edward’s University, and was also a talented classical guitar player. This is the first year Esparza is celebrating Mother’s Day without him. A family began this scholarship in his honor.

UT Austin Dell Medical School Blog

Holding on to a Small Flame of Confidence, Christina Bain
March 29, 2019

“I know I want to keep using my voice to tell people about my life and my experience. It makes me feel strong, and I hope it can help someone else”


CBS This Morning

Cleveland Community Finds Purpose and Refuge in the Arts
March 15, 2019

CCGS, one of our partner programs, is bringing quality music education to a city with one of the highest child poverty rates in the US.

CBS Austin

Making a Difference: The Lullaby Project, Allison Miller
January 11, 2019

Austin musicians and new moms in challenging circumstances come together to create a lasting piece of love for their brand new babies.


Top Ten Classical Highlights of 2018, Ann Wilson
December 20, 2018

This summer’s Dream incorporated the words, hopes, and visions of young children with evocative music to moving effect.

Travis County Sheriff’s Office “Partner Connect” Newsletter

Lullaby Project
December, 2018

The collaboration seeks to make the upcoming birth a celebratory time and assists incarcerated females in the bonding process with their babies.

Classical Guitar Magazine

Service and Savvy, Blair Jackson
November, 2018

“How far can we go with bringing our gift, our passion, to the people that need it? And the people that need it is everybody.”

La Revista Mujer

“Music is my life” Vicente Amigo, Elsa Tovar
October 18th, 2018

It’s amazing how a single instrument can create a total musical experience in the hands of a musician such as the guitarist born in Guadalcanal, Sevilla, Spain.



Bernstein ‘Mass’ profits go to key Austin arts groups, Michael Barnes
October 11th, 2018

The producing group, Merick Strategies, wanted to thank the key groups that helped out with the Bernstein100 celebration. So they are distributing the “profits” of $116,000 among them.


Noteworthy: A LASA High School Student Publication

Music’s Ability to Express a Story, Andrew Windsor
Fall 2018

Quotes from ACG’s Dr. Matthew Hinsley, Dr. Joseph V. Williams II, and Dr. Travis Marcum.

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Making Music for Everyone, Truman J. Hamade
September 25th, 2018

“Learning music and guitar should be available and accessible to everyone.”


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 guitarSarah Bryan Miller
July 17th, 2018

10 students who are entering 4th through 6th grades have a chance to learn to play guitar 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


National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Grant Spotlight on St. Louis Classical Guitar Society’s Guitar HorizonsPaulette Beete
May 17th, 2018

Guitar Horizons, which recently received an FY18 NEA grant, has grown to include multiple sites, professional development for music teachers, and public performance opportunities for students.

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. 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.



Community Impact Newspaper

$11,500 grant awarded to nonprofit Austin Classical Guitar to teach court-involved youth in Travis County
January 5th, 2017

Area nonprofit Austin Classical Guitar received a $11,500 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to help provide guitar classes for court-involved youth in Travis County.


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.””