Since 2011 it has been my pleasure be associated with the Guitar Society of Brantford as the Artistic Director, Director of Community Orchestras Program, and Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee. On this page I highlight the programs that I have developed and include videos of performances associated with these programs
The Education and Outreach Committee of the Guitar Society of Brantford was formed in 2011 to enrich the cultural life of Brantford and Brant County, by providing educational support for teachers, performance opportunities for students, a meeting place for aficionados, free community concerts for schools and hospitals, and free concert tickets for community members. These goals are achieved through the following programs.
Rising Stars of the Guitar Performing Arts Series
This concert series is free to community members and is in partnership with the Brantford Public Library. The idea behind this series was two-fold: 1) to provide a platform for upcoming Candian guitarists to perform, and 2) too introduce the classical guitar to members of our community at no cost. Performers in this series are D.M.A. candidates, Masters of Music and Undergraduate students from the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Ottawa and McGill.
Community Orchestra Concert Series
This concert series provides a vehicle for the grass-roots community teaching through the society’s four community guitar ensembles. Concerts take place at various locations in Brantford including the Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant and the Brantford Public Library. In 2013 the ensembles performed at the Sanderson Center for the Performing Arts with the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio. At that concert we gave the world premiere of “Challenging the Oracle” by Alan Shoesmith
Outreach Residency and Concert Series
This program was established with the generous support of Dr Mark and Danielle Del Cantero and Cedar Springs Chiropractic. The residency provides an aspiring guitarist a series of concert engagements performing for some of our community's most needy and impressionable people. Performing venues include hospitals, retirement homes, hospitals, and schools. Recitals are presented free of charge and the performer is paid a stipend by the Society.
Pre-Concert Junior Performers Program
The Society is committed to supporting young guitarists in our community and we could think of no better way to do so than allowing them to share the stage with some of the world's greatest performers. With this program I partner talented students, high school age and younger, to perform a couple of short pieces prior to our professional concerts series artists.
Guitar Ensembles Program
The community ensembles program seeks to enhance the musical education of all guitarists while at the same time offering a vehicle to meet new friends and make music together. The ensembles begin in September, have recitals in the winter and the spring, and meet Sunday evenings. Each of the four orchestras is designed for players of differing ability levels and are perfect for those just beginning to study, as a supplement for those taking private lessons, or as a place for aficionados to meet new friends and perform a couple times a year.
Since 2014, the Education and Outreach Committee of the Guitar Society of Brantford in partnership with the University of Toronto Guitar Department has presented the “Guitar Congress” - a celebration of guitar ensembles in the GTA. We host an average of six secondary schools (over 125 participants) who perform for each other, receive coaching, perform en masse, and discuss the future of guitar education in schools. The day culminates with a recital by the University of Toronto Undergraduate Guitar Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden; Associate Professor of Guitar Studies at the University of Toronto. Events take place at Walter Hall. With changing music education models at all levels,the Guitar Congress plays a leading role in putting the guitar at the centre of music education in our schools.
For more information please contact Patrick Feely phone: 519-756-2080, or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org