OGS Guitar Orchestra

The Ottawa Guitar Society welcomes classical guitarists of all levels to participate in the Ottawa Guitar Orchestra!


  • Participants may also have the opportunity to play in guitar duos, trios, and quartets.
  • Players should have a basic foundation in reading music, a classical guitar, and a music stand.
  • The Ottawa Guitar Orchestra performs at the annual gala concert in early December as well as in an end of season concert in May.


  • Rehearsals will be on Saturday afternoons from 2-4 pm at the Parkdale United Church (429 Parkdale, parking in lot just north of the church off of Parkdale) from September through May

How to Register:

  • Contact Director Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton at hartshorn.walton.music@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the orchestra.
  • Fee: $150/year or $125/year (OGS members). *$15 discount before September 1st*
  • Payment by cash, cheque, or e-mail transfer to ottawaguitarsociety@gmail.com must be received by the first rehearsal on September 30th.

2023-2024 Rehearsal and performance dates

September 30 (first rehearsal)
October 14, 28
November 4, 18, 25
December 2, 9 (7:30 pm OGS Gala Concert)
January 7 (Parkdale United Service)
January 13, 27
February 10, 18 (5 pm Alla Grande performance), 24
March 9, 23
April 6, 20, 27
May 11 (Concert at Parkdale United)

Recordings from the 2017 OGS Guitar Gala Night

Russian Dance from the Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

The Quest of Iranon – Richard Sembera

Here are a few words from some current ensemble members:

“The 2016-2017 season of the Ottawa Guitar Orchestra was great for me.  As an intermediate level guitarist, playing in an ensemble taught me a lot about music, teamwork, and performance.  Regardless of your playing ability, I highly recommend joining this group!” – Karl

“I really enjoyed participating in the Ottawa Guitar Orchestra in 2016/17.   The rehearsal atmosphere under director Craig Visser was relaxed, serious and supportive , providing a great environment for learning new music, ensemble skills, and developing musically.  The repertoire was varied and interesting. It was fun and rewarding to meet, rehearse and perform with other guitarists motivated to play in a group.” – Anne

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