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Fri mar 22
3:30 pm

The Robinson Guitar Ensemble With the Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213


James Ferla, Director

with special guest Scott Seifried (A’89), Director of Guitar Studies, and the Robinson Guitar Ensemble (Fairfax, VA) 




The Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble will be joined by special guests alumnus Scott Seifried and the Guitar Ensemble from Robinson Secondary School known as the Robinson Guitar Ensemble. Together they will play a number of selections by composers Luc Lévesque, Jurge Kindle, Darin Au and others. 

About the Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble:

The Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble is a classical guitar performance group open to music majors and non-majors by audition. Students present historically informed and creatively expressive performances of duos, trios, quartets, and larger ensemble music from every major style period. Four concerts a year are presented in one of the School of Music’s performance spaces. Additional performances include community outreach programs at Pittsburgh area schools, retirement communities, and museums. The Guitar Ensemble has also presented pre-concert performances for the Guitar Society of Fine Arts and the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society.

About The Robinson Guitar Ensemble:

The Robinson Guitar Ensemble has been in existence since the early 1980’s, making it one of the oldest high-school level guitar ensembles in the US. Robinson was the first school in the country to offer full-year guitar instruction for credit, and the first recipient of the Guitar Accessories Manufacturers Association’s effort to recognize innovative guitar programming. 

The group consists of 28-32 students who are chosen by audition. The class meets for 50 minutes each day during the school hours. Over the years, the Ensemble has performed throughout the country, receiving many accolades and national recognition. In 2006, the group was selected from an international pool of candidates as the first pre-college group invited to perform at the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition; and in 2010, they were selected by NAMM to perform as part of the “Capitol Hill Fly-in” advocacy effort for an audience of dignitaries that included US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Secretary Riley. They were also selected to perform at the American String Teachers Association National Convention in March 2012.

Significant Performances:

2008 – 1st Place, Guitar Ensemble (superior rating); Dynamic Music Festival, Orlando FL
2009 – 1st Place/Champion, Guitar Ensemble (superior rating); Fiesta-Val Music Festival, Gatlinburg, TN
2010 – 1st Place/Champion, Guitar Ensemble (superior rating); Fiesta-Val Music Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC
Performance at the US Department of Education as the featured performing group at NAMM’s “Capitol Hill Fly-in”
2011 – 1st Place, East Coast Guitar Festival