The Classical Guitar in Texas

From the commissioning and world premiere in Texas of composer Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto para una fiesta for Guitar and Orchestra, to the dazzling virtuosity of the Texas Guitar Quartet, the classical guitar is alive and well here.  Anchored by prestigious university level guitar programs like those at the University of North Texas (Prof. Tom Johnson), Southern Methodist University (Prof. Bob Guthrie), and the University of Texas at Austin (Prof. Adam Holzman), the classical guitar community has many places to thrive throughout our massive state.

With local classical guitar societies like Guitar Fort Worth and Austin Classical Guitar, daily indulgence in the captivating sound of the classical guitar isn't just for student musicians.  Our statewide classical guitar societies provide several opportunities year-round for people of all ages and abilities to experience healing and joy through guitar music.

While no one would blame me for focusing on the achievements and activities of my organization, Guitar Fort Worth, I feel that the work of Austin Classical Guitar (ACG) deserves special mention, particularly for its Texas-sized heart!  ACG is arguably the most robust classical guitar society in the world.  From developing music method books in braille for blind guitarists, to a program of music writing for expectant mothers, ACG has shown the world that there's more to classical music than formal concerts in stuffy recital halls.  This music can be part of the fabric of our daily lives!


A student at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI), utilizing a music method book in braille developed in a collaborative effort between TSBVI and ACG.

Wherever you go in Texas, from Brownsville to Denton, El Paso to Houston, there's a community of classical guitarists, enthusiasts, luthiers, and patrons that together form one of the richest places in the world for classical guitar.

Beyond the Classical Guitar: 

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the rich tradition of homegrown jazz, country, pop, and rock that thrives here, particularly in Fort Worth.  Each and every one of the following local DFW musicians has had a lasting impact on the way I listen to, play, and enjoy music.  And while there's been plenty of collaboration between classical musicians and so called "popular" musicians worldwide, I'd like to encourage even greater cross-pollination here at home.  Regardless of genre, we're all united in the search for beauty, quality, and catharsis.

Here's a list of 10 local Fort Worth artists/bands you should check out:

Jacob Furr crooning one of my favorite songs of his, Mockingbird.  I can't get enough of this song!