Youth Ensembles Registration

Austin Classical Guitar Youth Ensembles

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.

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

The Fall 2020 session will be held online from Oct. 1st – Nov. 24th with weekly rehearsal meetings via Zoom. The Youth 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 Youth Ensembles are open by interview to any classical guitarist under 19 years of age.

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. The Youth Camerata meets Monday’s from 7-8pm.

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. The Youth Orchestra meets Tuesday’s from 7-8pm.

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. Returning members do not need to do a placement interview.  They can simply register below by September 18.

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

Participation in the Austin Classical Guitar 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 18th. 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.