Video Above: Paul Young's guitar class practices during class time for concert performance on April 23 at 2 p.m.
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The first guitar orchestra at Ohio University Lancaster is about to hold its first concert. What is a guitar orchestra, you ask? A guitar orchestra is a musical group made up different kinds of guitars. The Ohio University Lancaster guitar orchestra stems from Music Instructor Paul Young’s Music 1651 class, Classic Folk Guitar for Non-Majors.
“We are preparing for our concert next week,” said Young. “The concert is the final project for the class.”
The class is a studio class, which means it has a hands-on course design which lets the students learn the guitar by playing it.
The students are practicing very hard for the concert. Young said students in the class picked some of the songs they are going to perform. One student selected Pachelbel's Canon. Young could not find an arrangement written for the guitar only, so he had to put something together himself.
“Music written only for guitars is not common,” said Young. “So I had to write something that would work.”
There are 17 students in the class. Most of them had never played an instrument before this class. Young said he is proud of how far the students have come.
"These students are wonderful, but they still have some practicing to do before next week’s concert,” Young joked during practice.
Young has his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance. The former elementary school principal, fourth grade teacher and band director has been teaching courses on the Lancaster Campus since 1982. Young teaches courses in music history, music theory and teacher education.
The concert will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.