Ensemble Class

Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble
Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University (MU) guitar instructor and Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) proprietor William Jenks is excited to direct a guitar ensemble class offered at two different times for winter term beginning January 9th and January 11th, 2017. This exciting course will explore fresh and challenging guitar ensemble repertoire from the renaissance through contemporary eras. Both class times will rehearse the same program and perform together in the scheduled recitals and master classes.

Students will take their sight reading, technique, ear training, and musicianship to the next level as well as gain valuable experience interacting and performing in a group setting. The legendary guitarist John Williams told Jenks in an interview back in 2010: “The problem with guitar pedagogy today is there is too much emphasis on solo repertoire and not enough ensemble training.” 

Interested students should contact William Jenks directly at 503-830-1417 or by email at wjenks@marylhurst.edu by January 11, 2017.


MU Guitar Ensemble Class Schedule

Fall Term 2016
Monday, September 26th – Friday, December 9th
First Class (MU Class) Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Second Class (PCG Private Class) meets Wednesday from 7-9 PM (begins Wednesday September 28th and ends Wednesday December 7th)
Recital - Saturday, December 10th at 4:00 PM in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.

Winter Term 2017
Monday, January 9th – Friday, March 24th
First Class (MU Class) Meets Mon, Wed, and Fri from 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Second Class (PCG Private Class) meets Wednesdays from 7-9 PM (begins Wednesday, January 11th and ends Wednesday, March 22nd)
Recital - Saturday, March 17th at 4:00 PM in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.
*The MU Guitar Ensemble will perform for the Romero master class on Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 AM.
*The MU Guitar Ensemble will go on tour to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico March 24th – April 2nd, 2017.

Spring Term 2017
April 3th – June 16th
MU Class Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
PCG Private Class meets Wednesdays from 7-9 PM (begins Wednesday, April 5th and ends Wednesday, June 14th)
Recital - Saturday, June 3rd at 4:00 PM in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.
*The MU Guitar Ensemble will perform for the Assad Brothers master class on Wednesday, April 26thth at 7:00 PM.
*The MU Guitar Ensemble will perform at the PCG 2016-2017 Season Finale Concert on July 1st (More details coming soon)
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All Classes meet at Marylhurst University’s St. Catherine’s Hall.

Please Note: To register for the MU class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30-12:45 PM you will need to fill out a non-degree student application form before you can register. If you are not a current student at MU or PCG, an audition will be required. Please contact William Jenks at 503-830-1417 or email him at wjenks@marylhurst.edu to schedule an audition.

To register for the private PCG class held on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM, CLICK HERE or mail a check to Portland Classic Guitar, P.O. Box 650, Aurora, OR 97002. Please include your name and contact info.

Ensemble Class Fee (not for credit): $378 per term.

  • Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble Syllabus - PDF Download