The Belmont Guitar Ensemble provides an exciting environment for guitar majors, minors, and elective students to improve sight-reading skills and refine classical/fingerstyle guitar techniques while earning ensemble credit. Each semester students perform professional duo, trio, quartet and guitar orchestra arrangements and compositions. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods focusing on music by a wide variety of guitar composers from around the world.
The Belmont Guitar Ensemble has made numerous performances on the NPR radio show “Live In Studio C” on WPLN, 90.3 F.M. A quartet from the Belmont Guitar Ensemble is featured on the recent Belmont School of Music Ensemble CD performing Paulo Bellinati’s virtuosic Brazilian work entitled, “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 Center for the Visual Arts and N.A.S.M. 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 many recitals on the Belmont campus and off campus at some of Nashville's most prestigious venues for chamber and classical music including The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Wightman Chapel, Belmont Mansion, The Cathedral of the Incarnation and Harton Recital Hall on the Scarritt Bennett campus.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
No audition required.