Austin Classical Guitar Youth Ensembles

The renowned ACG Youth Ensembles bring together passionate young guitarists from all over our city to collaborate, refine, and share unforgettable musical experiences.

ACG Youth Ensembles are open by interview to any classical guitarist under 19 years of age. The Youth Ensembles season runs from September through May with a mid year break for the Holidays, with rehearsals taking take place weekly at the Baker Center in the Hyde Park neighborhood (3908 Avenue B, 78751).

See COVID protocols here.

ACG Youth Camerata
ACGYC is an ensemble of intermediate young guitarists directed by Stephen Krishnan. This group will develop exciting and approachable programs of music and focus on refining ensemble skills and expressivity.

ACG Youth Orchestra
ACGYO is an ensemble of intermediate to advanced young guitarists. Founded in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Joseph Williams, this celebrated ensemble has performed for thousands of people in Austin’s most prestigious venues, and has premiered several new works and arrangements. This group develops challenging programs of music to the highest artistic level. Guitarists are expected to have strong technique, reading skills, and ensemble experience.

Placement interviews
These interviews are free, informal, and provide a chance to get to know you, hear you play, provide feedback, and place you in an ensemble.

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 i – m alternation.
  • A short sight reading excerpt in first position with simple rhythms provided at the interview


Registration for the 2021-2022 season is now closed. To receive updates about placement interviews for the 2022-2023 season, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with more details.


ACG Youth Ensembles are supported by a generous multi-year gift from Dr. Michael Froehls.


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