Community Ensembles

Connect. Explore. Perform.

Details for the Spring 2021 session will be announced soon.
Placement interviews for the Spring session will occur in early February. And rehearsals will take place from late February through April.
If you would like to be notified once the Spring session is announced, please email
See below for info about our various ensembles and our recently completed Fall 2020 session.

ACG Community Ensembles offer a welcoming environment to make music with others who share your passion! Under the direction of Tony Mariano, there are opportunities for players at various experience levels.

The Fall 2020 session will be held online from Oct. 1st – Nov. 24th with weekly rehearsal meetings via Zoom. The Community Ensembles will participate in two fabulous projects this session: 

  • Ofrendas: Creating a solo video recording inspired by Dia de Muertos and ACG’s collaboration with Mexic-Arte Museum
  • A premiere of a brand new piece by Michael Keplinger written especially for the ACG Ensembles and this setting.

To celebrate and share our work, there will be two concert presentations in October and December

ACG Community Ensembles are open by interview to any classical guitarist 18 years of age and older.

ACG Chamber Ensemble
This ensemble meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., and is intended for experienced players interested in performing advanced repertoire. Members should have command of scale, slur and arpeggio techniques and be fluent readers in multiple positions.

ACG Guitar Choir
This ensemble meets weekly on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., and is designed for intermediate players with a desire to perform beautiful music. Members should be able to read in first position, have a stable technique and interest in developing their technical and musical abilities.

Beginning Guitar Classes
A no-pressure foray into playing the classical guitar, our Beginning Guitar Classes are intended for adults looking for a fun and informative introduction to playing this beautiful instrument. No experience required!

Placement interviews are not required to participate in the Beginning Guitar Classes. Simply sign up here.

Placement Interviews
Placement interviews are held at the beginning of the Fall and Spring sessions. These interviews are free, informal, and provide a chance to get to know you, hear you play, and provide feedback. Placement interviews for the Fall 2020 session will be held on Zoom.

What to prepare for placement interviews:

  • One or two pieces that you enjoy playing (not to exceed 5 minutes).
  • 1 or 2 octave major scale of your choice with im alternation.
  • A short sight reading excerpt in first position with simple rhythms provided at the interview

Participation in the Austin Classical Guitar Community Ensembles is free for anyone. Donations are welcome.

Request an interview
Interviews will be held on September 20th from 1-4pm on Zoom. To request an interview time, please fill out and submit the form below by September 16th. Returning members do not need to do a placement interview.  They can simply register below by September 18.

Spaces for the Fall 2020 session will be limited based on number of participants