New England Guitar Society

New England Guitar SocietyThe New England Guitar Society was established to create a nurturing environment for classical guitarists to meet, share ideas, perform, compose, teach and grow as musicians. Our goal is to increase the public interest in classical guitar, to ultimately create future players and audiences.

The Society invites guest artists to perform public concerts and hold master classes at the acoustically rich chamber concert hall of the Milford Arts Council.

NEGS meets monthly on Sunday afternoons at 2 PM at the Milford Arts Council’s Center for the Arts or Firehouse Gallery.  Activities include informal solo performances, ensemble readings, member recitals and lively discussion about the classical guitar.

NEGS invites community classical guitarists to join us at our facility to perform pre-concert recitals and test out new works. Find out more at

The New England Guitar Society’s concert series is sponsored by,  




For more information, contact:
James Baird:, 203-882-1398
Cem Duruöz: 203 543 8099

All performances take place at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT 06460.

Ticket Information

Each concert is $20 per person, $18 for seniors and $15 for MAC members. Student tickets are $5 with a valid ID at the door subject to available seating.   Master Class is $50 and $10 to audit.

For tickets, go to Tickets page or call us at 203-878-6647.

2017- 2018 Performance Schedule

Andrew Leonard, regional artist November 11th, 2017 at 8 pm and Master Class November 12th at 2 pm.

Classical Guitarist Andrew Leonard has been called a “guitar phenomenon” by the Portland, Phoenix and his playing has been referred to as “spirited and convincing” in Soundboard Magazine and “inspiring…effortless style” in Northeast Performer.

Andrew’s concert schedule has taken him throughout the country, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and to Europe.  As a young artist, at age 26, Andrew’s 1995 D.C area debut performance at Strathmore Hall was sold out, months in advance.  He spent the Millennium performing in Geneva, Switzerland.

Andrew has two solo recordings, A World of Guitar Music and Music of the Ages. His debut recording, Music of the Ages was featured as release of the month on WGTS radio in Maryland and both recordings have received airplay throughout the country on National Public Radio affiliates.  He is an endorsee for D’Addario strings and performs in a wardrobe provided by Jackson & Connor, a menswear shop in Northampton, MA.  For more on Andrew Leonard, go to


Gohar Vardanyan, Armenian guitarist March 10, 2018 at 8 pm.  Master Class that same afternoon at 2 pm.

“With her flawless technique, natural musicality and gorgeous sound Gohar Vardanyan is undoubtedly one of the most talented young guitarists I had ever had the pleasure to teach. It is only a matter of time before the entire guitar world will be speaking of her.”- Antigoni GoniClassical Guitarist ( Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel ).

“Gohar Vardanyan performs with a genuine passion and virtuosity that is engaging and compelling.”-Sharon IsbinGrammy Winning Guitarist ( The Juilliard School)  For more on Gohar Vardanyan, go to


Carlos Pavan, Argentinian GuitaristApril 14th concert and April 15th Master Class.

“Solo guitar and string quartet pieces show great originality from the Argentine composer”
– Classical Guitar Magazine-summer 2015

“The guitarist applies such delicate pressure to the strings in some parts of the piece that it would appear that nothing but air and wind rushes through between his fingers and the strings causing them to rustle as if they vibrate with the hushed leaves on trees during spring.”
– The World Music Report    For more on Carlos Pavan, go to

Yale Music School Guitar Department Showcase- under the direction of Ben Verdery- May 11th at 8 pm.    NEGS/MAC Fundraiser