Guitar Ensemble, Harper College, Steve Vazquez, Director

Course Description

Guitarists, here is your chance to play in an ensemble devoted to guitar music at its best. This group class will focus on performance techniques such as cueing, following a conductor and communication between players. Groups consisting of duos, trios, quartets and more will work together. Students must be able to read all the natural notes in first position and know C, G, D, A, E, a minor, e minor and d minor chords. At least one concert per semester will be presented by the group. Open to students age 16 and older.

The Guitar Ensemble performs a wide range of music, often incorporating a variety of instrument combinations such as voice, flute, violin, and percussion.

Guitar Ensemble members learn to follow a conductor, take cues, communicate, practice precision in rests and attacks, and expand their dynamic ranges.

Under the direction of accomplished Chicago guitarist Steve Vazquez 

► Click here to visit his SoundCloud page 

 The group performs at the end of each semester, with a concert featuring solos, duos, trios and more.

The ensemble also participates in the annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival.

An audition is required to participate in this ensemble. Please contact Steve Vazquez at svazquez@harpercollege.edu


Course Outline

Week 1- Introduction to each other. Introduction to following conducting patterns
Week 2- Assigning sectionals. Handout first music
Week 3- Working basic starts, stops and rests. Rehearsal letters
Week 4- Handout second Piece
Week 5-7 Sectionals on Pieces
Week 8 sectionals test. Handout small ensembles
Week 9-10 large groups
Week 11-12 small groups
Week 13 large groups
Week 14 dress rehearsal



Ages 15+



  1. Be able to play C, G, D, A, E, Ami, Emi, Dmi, Bmi, F#mi chords.
  2. Be able to read standard music notation in the first position on the guitar.
  3. Note values of Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th, and 16th notes.
  4. Minimum of one semester of classical guitar lessons highly recommended, though not required.

    For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Director Steve Vazquez at svazquez@harpercollege.edu or call the Music Office at 847.925.6568.

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Section Title
Guitar Ensemble
4:30PM to 7:00PM
Aug 20, 2024 to Dec 10, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $119.00
Section Notes

Also offered in Credit as MUS145-C10
Steve Vazquez, Instructor ► SoundCloud



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