pgs Guest artist series

Monthly.  All guitar styles.  All ages.  All levels.   


COVID-19 has affected all of us in both big and little ways. PGS hopes that everyone is healthy and safe during this difficult time. Unfortunately, our monthly meetings at the Tempe History Museum and all other in-person events have been postponed until further notice. We are saddened that circumstances have come to this and are eager to meet in-person again. 


However, we are pleased to announce that we will continue our guest artist series via Zoom! The PGS will host Zoom meetings at our usual gathering time of 1:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month. During these Zoom meetings we will premier video recordings submitted by our guest artist and attendees, have Q & A sessions, and provide an opportunity for live performances.


To join these monthly for Zoom meetings please RSVP to and we will send the Zoom address to you. If you would like to submit a video to be played during our open stage, RSVP to the same email address above.

If you are submitting a video please do so 48 hours prior to the Zoom meeting date. All video submissions received after the 48 hour cut-off will be premiered during the next month's meeting. 

Sunday, May 8, 1:30 PGS Guest Artist Series


Frank Koonce



Frank Koonce




Sunday, May 8 1:30 pm the Phoenix Guitar Society Guest Artist Series will be hosting very special day for our dear friend Professor Frank Koonce. 


Please join us for a wonderful day of music and tribute to Frank.


PGS will play videos of Frank performing early in his career, and if some of you have never heard Frank play this is a real treat. 


Invite your family and friends to attend our Guest Artist Series. 


Feel free to share any stories you may have about Frank during the program or submit a video to our Dropbox site. 


PGS supports and promotes classical guitar through performance and education. We invite guitarists of all ages and abilities to join us.


Frank Koonce is internationally acclaimed as a performer, teacher, and writer. He holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts and from Southern Methodist University, studying first with Jesus Silva and then with Robert Guthrie. In 1974-75, he was a Fulbright Scholar and performer in Italy where he studied with Sergio Notaro and Alirio Diaz.

Frank’s publications include an authoritative guitar edition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete solo lute works (Kjos Music) and many other editions with Mel Bay Publications and Productions d’Oz. Most recently, with Canadian guitarist Heather DeRome, he co-edited guitar arrangements of Bach’s complete works for solo violin and solo cello. 


Frank made the world-premiere recording in English of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Platero and I” for narrator and guitar, followed by another recording in the original Spanish as well as a DVD animated video produced in Spain. He also recorded an album entitled “A Southwest Christmas” with the Phoenix Bach Choir and is featured in a live concert video with the renowned composer/guitarist, Nikita Koshkin). As a founding partner of Soundset Recordings he has produced and co-produced other classical compact discs, including a premiere recording of orchestral works by Alan Hovhaness, which was part of the soundtrack for Paramount’s award-winning film “There Will Be Blood.”

A Professor of Music, Frank Koonce directed the guitar program at Arizona State University from 1978-2018. He was Director of “Guitar Festival 1987” an international event jointly sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America and the American String Teachers Association, and later served as Chair the GFA Advisory Board. As a performer, he has performed in England, Korea, Macedonia, Taiwan, China, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, The Czech Republic, Austria, and throughout the United States.

About our monthly meetings:

PGS will continue to host our Guest Artist Series on Zoom every Second Sunday of the month. We start at 1:30 pm with our guest artist, followed by guitarist from the community and their submitted videos are enjoyed by our appreciative audience.


If you would like to join us please send a RSVP to and if you desire to submit a video send a RSVP to same email and a dropbox address will be sent to you. We welcome all ages and abilities to join us and there are no admission fees, the music is free. 

REMINDER: Monthly meetings at the Tempe History Museum are postponed until further notice. All meetings are held via Zoom.

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