The next meeting of the American Guitar Society will take place on Saturday, May 5th, at 7:30 p.m. in Music 104, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA.

We will celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the American Guitar Society on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Taix Restaurant with a luncheon and awards to honor the lifetime achievements of Charles Suovanen and Michael Kozubek. The ceremonies will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm.

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A veteran international artist, the Greek guitarist Eleftheria Kotzia makes her long and eagerly-awaited return to our AGS series this Saturday, April 14. She has performed in major concert halls throughout the world and at countless major festivals to universal acclaim. Amongst her eight recordings, The Blue Guitar was selected as "Critics' Choice of the Year" by Gramophone magazine. The American Record Guide has called her a "wizard - a strong sensuous player with bite and sass," and The Times of London hailed her "skill, unfailingly beguiling tone, and her ability to vary her touch with fluency." Mark your calendars. This concert is a no-miss!

The American Guitar Society, sponsor of the Vahdah Olcott Bickford Guitar Competition, has recently altered the format of its competition, beginning Fall 2018. In order to better foster the development of the future of the classical guitar, the AGS made the decision to revise the focus to exclusively young guitarists. An abundance of guitar competitions for university-level students and guitarists under the age of 30 already exist, but such opportunities for young, developing guitarists are relatively few.

It is for this reason that the AGS moved to create two separate divisions within the competition, based upon age. Division 1 will be a category for guitarists from the age of 8 to 13; Division 2 will include guitarists from 14 to 17 years of age. We are also increasing the amount of prize money for the winners of Divisions 1 and 2, along with awards for the runners-up in each division.

Please view our announcement as an invitation to inform your junior classical guitar students of this excellent opportunity to further develop their skills, and to reap the rewards of taking part in a friendly competition. The application form for the 2018 Bickford Competition may be found on our official website at:

We look forward to a large participation by junior classical guitarists in this year's competition. Thank you for your support of the AGS, and the benefits it provides to guitarists and the community.

To sign up to perform at a meeting, contact Michael Camp at (818) 793-8176 or email him to schedule your performance no later than the Wednesday before the Saturday meeting, as the programs will be printed the next day.