A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Educational Arts Organization
Serving California's North Central Valley and Sierra Foothills
Guitar Orchestra, Concerts,
Workshops, Open Stage
Serving the Community with
Education and Outreach
School Concerts and Workshops
Full Scholarships to Underserved Youth
Guitar Donations to Sacramento Area Schools & Programs
Check out the programs sponsored and hosted by the SGS!
Sacramento Guitar Society
Welcome to Sacramento Guitar Society!
Click Calendar for concert listings. We have a variety of programs - community guitar orchestras, ticketed concerts, guitar donations and scholarships for disadvantaged youth, schools outreach, open stage, and opportunities to serve.
Our next special event will be:
Young Artists Showcase
(Elle and Jack Davisson,
Students of Christopher Mallet)
(Student of Matthew Grasso)
(Students of Scott Cmiel)
Sunday, March 17, 2019
1425 24th St.
Entrance on O between 24th and 25th St.
Park in the school parking lot
or free street parking.
Guitarist NICHOLAS PADMANABHAN, age 18, is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, where he also studies music theory and performs in a guitar quartet and baroque ensemble. Nicholas was a prizewinner in the National YoungArts Foundation competition in both 2018 and 2017. He appeared in 2018 as a soloist on National Public Radio’s classical-music program “From The Top,” recorded before a live audience in San Francisco and broadcast nationally. Nicholas was the first-place winner in the 2018 Mission College Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in both 2016 and 2014, and the 2016 California statewide guitar competition of the American String Teachers Association. He was runner-up in the 2017 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, where he was also awarded the Bouchaine Young Artists Prize for Festival Napa Valley. Selected by audition, Nicholas has performed solo in the Junior Bach Festival for seven consecutive years since 2012. He has performed as a soloist with the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose and at the Sacramento Guitar Society, the University of Hawaii Maui College, and the Bear Valley Music Festival in Bear Valley, Calif., and has opened for Pepe Romero at San Francisco Performances and for David Leisner at the South Bay Guitar Society. Nicholas has played in masterclasses for Sergio Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Marcin Dylla, and Judicaël Perroy, among others. He spoke and performed at the 2016 TEDx conference at Palo Alto High School and regularly performs as a volunteer at a local assisted-living center. Nicholas's first teacher was Jon Mendle. Outside the guitar, Nicholas attends high school in Palo Alto, where he serves as an academic tutor. Nicholas plays a guitar built by Glenn Canin in 2013.
Guitarist CONOR PADMANABHAN, age 15, is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, where he also studies music theory and performs in a guitar quartet and contemporary music ensemble. Conor was a prizewinner in the 2019 National YoungArts Foundation competition and was the first-place winner in the 2018 California statewide guitar competition of the American String Teachers Association. He was a first-place winner in the Best Bach Performance of the 2017 international Great Composers Competition Series and has been a prizewinner in the Enkor International Music Competition, the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Competition, and the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musicians Competition. Selected by audition, Conor has performed as a soloist in the annual Junior Bach Festival for six consecutive years since 2013. He was a finalist in the 2018 Classics Alive National Young Artists Auditions. Conor was a soloist on a 2017 concert marking the centennial of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and on a 2016 gala concert in San Francisco celebrating the 60th birthday of guitarist David Tanenbaum. He has performed as a soloist in concerts at the Sacramento Guitar Society and the University of Hawaii Maui College and has opened for guitarist Paul Galbraith at the Omni Foundation concert series in San Francisco. Conor has played in masterclasses for Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery, Jason Vieaux, and Judicaël Perroy, among others. In 2018 he was featured in Classical Guitar Magazine’s “Sunday Prodigy” series. He regularly performs as a volunteer at a local assisted-living center and in benefit concerts. His first teacher was Jon Mendle. Outside the guitar, Conor attends high school in Palo Alto where he serves as an academic tutor. Conor plays a guitar built by Glenn Canin in 2012.
Young Artists Showcase Performers
Sunday March 17, 3pm, CLARA
Born in 2001, MIYAN GRASSO grew up hearing the sounds of the classical guitar since he was in utero. As a little child, Miyan witnessed his father teaching the guitar at home and in classes, but it was not until early 2017 that he started playing the guitar himself. Being born into a community of 7-string guitarists, he naturally started with the 7-string guitar. Miyan receives lessons from his father Matthew Grasso, and plans to continue studying music in college and pursue a career in music. He is a founding member of Q7, a 7-string guitar quintet. In addition, he has made several transcriptions of video game music and works by Musssorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Satie for guitar quintet as well as for guitar and various instruments. Miyan performs on a 2005 extended 7-string guitar built by Greg Byers, and is a junior at Davis High School.
Guitarists JACK, 13, and ELLE, 10, DAVISSON live in Palo Alto, California and study with Christopher Mallett at the California Conservatory of Music. They have been playing as a dynamic duo since 2017. Second place winners at the 2017 and 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Small Ensemble Youth Competition, they recently had the honor of opening a concert by the world famous David Russell. They were also featured in Classical Guitar Magazine’s Sunday Prodigy series. As solo artists, they have placed in many competitions around the country including first place at the 2018 Columbus State University Guitar Competition (Division III), first place at the 2017 Indiana International Guitar Competition (Junior Youth), first place at the 2017 Boston GuitarFest Competition (Youth Division II and Youth Division III), and first place at the 2016 and 2018 United States International Music Competition (Guitar Group A). Besides their love of classical guitar, this brother-sister team also shares a passion for soccer, Tae Kwon Do, and reading.
READE PARK, age 14, has been a student in the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since the fall of 2017 where he studies guitar with Mark Simons and Scott Cmiel and composition with Robert Chastain. Reade was the first-place winner of the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in 2018 and the second-place winner of the SF Bay Classical Guitar Youth Competition in 2017. He has performed in master classes for Ben Verdery and Jason Vieaux. Outside of guitar, Reade enjoys writing mathematical proofs, playing classical piano pieces with swing, playing tennis in tropical climates, and cultivating exotic carnivorous plants.