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Guitar Ensemble

Guitar EnsembleBelmont Guitar Ensemble, directed by Mr. Robert Thompson

The Belmont Guitar Ensemble provides an excellent environment for guitar majors, minors, and elective students to improve sight-reading skills and refining classical/fingerstyle guitar techniques while earning ensemble credit. Each semester students perform professional duo, trio, quartet and guitar orchestra arrangements and compositions. Repertoire includes music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods by a variety of composers from around the world.

The Belmont University Guitar Ensemble has done numerous live performances on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live In Studio C” show. The Guitar Ensemble made two appearances on the show in 2018. The Guitar Ensemble was invited to perform on “Radio Fest” which celebrated the show’s twentieth anniversary and included performances by some of Nashville’s finest musicians. The Guitar Ensemble was recently showcased on a webcast performance of “Live Lessons” hosted by Steve Krenz at Gruhn Guitars. A quartet from the Belmont Guitar Ensemble is featured on the Belmont School of Music Ensemble CD performing Paulo Bellinati’s virtuosic Brazilian composition, “Baiao de Gude” which they recorded at Ocean Way Studios. The ensemble has performed at Belmont's President's Concert, Christmas at Belmont, A Camerata Christmas, The Frist Art Museum and for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Members from the ensemble were featured on the CD release 'Christmas at Belmont' performing the 'Arabian Dance' by Tchaikovsky from 'The Nutcracker Suite' released on Acklen Records. The Belmont Guitar Ensemble was founded by its current Director, Robert Thompson. Since its inception the Belmont Guitar Ensemble has presented recitals on the Belmont campus each semester and off campus at some of Nashville's most prestigious venues for chamber and classical music. The group has performed at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, McAfee Concert Hall, Belmont Mansion, Harton Recital Hall, The Cathedral of the Incarnation and Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center.

Rehearsals are from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This course offers one hour of ensemble credit. One required performance is performed each semester on the Belmont campus.

Music director: Robert Thompson, Adjunct Faculty, Belmont University. Interested guitarists may contact him at robert.thompson@adjuncts.belmont.edu.

No audition required.