Fine handmade classical guitars.
Portland Classic Guitar serves a local and international community of guitarists and guitar music fans in three important ways. We are an elite teaching studio, where students of all ages and skill levels receive a unique and integrated classical guitar experience through a combination of private lessons, opportunities to perform in quarterly student recitals, and exposure to the Portland Classic Guitar concert series—where students can meet and learn from some of the premiere guitarists in the world.
We are a peerless purveyor of fine classical guitars—the only classical guitar shop in Oregon, representing some of the top luthiers in the Northwest and from around the world, and a crucial resource for local conservatories and university music departments.
We host an exceptional and internationally renowned concert series, bringing the greatest guitarists in the world to the Portland area since 2005.
I had the privilege to perform twice at the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series and had a wonderful time! Mr. Jenks has done such an amazing job with the venue that has been featuring great guitarists from all over the world. The venue is quickly becoming one of the most prestigious in the country.
This last year I had the pleasure of playing a concert and conducting a masterclass for Portland Classic Guitar. The organization was wonderful and I loved meeting the members, who worked hard to make the event a success. I am sure that with their enthusiasm and generous dedication the future of the guitar in Portland is in good hands.
My son Kai (8), has been taking classical guitar lessons with William for two years now and I could not be more impressed with how well Kai plays and how much he enjoys playing. I would highly recommend Portland Classic Guitar to anyone looking to learn themselves, or looking for lessons for their child.
William, your guitar series is one of the most memorable for me. I remember playing solo at your series, and I had a great time, so I was sure the same would be the case when I came back with my duo. The intimate space creates an atmosphere and connection to the audience that is really very special.
I have been taking classical guitar lessons at Portland Classic Guitar for several years. The top notch guitar instructors, student recitals, and yearly professional guitar concerts make for a total guitar experience.
Dr. Wendy Mednick, MD
It was a pleasure to perform on the series of Portland Classic Guitar. I particularly enjoyed the warm family feel and enormous warmth of the audience. The work that William Jenks and his colleagues are doing is truly important for our country. I wish my friends in Portland many more years of great success.
As parents, we enjoy watching our child’s musical talent grow from the lessons she receives from Portland Classic Guitar.
For years I attempted to play the guitar, if three chords and a lack of rhythm counted as actual music. Thus, lacking in musical ability but strong in enthusiasm, I stumbled upon William Jenks. He guided me in the purchase of a superb instrument from Portland Classic guitar and I began the lessons which opened a new chapter of my life at nearly seventy years of age.
We have been taking classical guitar lessons for a year and a half, as a couple. It has been one of the most enriching experiences we have ever had. Portland Classic Guitar expands their students skills and appreciation of music far beyond expectations. The yearly guitar concert series is an extraordinary opportunity to hear world-class performers in an intimate setting.
Kay and Walt Covert
I had a great time performing for Portland Classic Guitar. It's the kind of venue I love to play because it makes me feel like the audience and performer are really communicating with one another, and I like listening to music in such an environment for the same reason! I feel that both the player and listener walk away having experienced a connection.