After camp / Before camp activities

On days when the Conservatory is not in session, there happen to be some amazing guitar camps and activities right in our area and a little further away:

1) Benefit Concert for Guitar Initiative, Flamenco Virtuoso Grisha Goryachev, April 21, 7pm, private home in the Bellaire neighborhood.  Tickets are $50 each (suggested donation). Click here for more information or to purchase tickets: 

2) Flamenco Technique Workshop, Grisha Goryachev, June 2018, 10:30am - 12:30 am, private home in the Memorial neighborhood.  Tuition is $40 each student.  (RSVP with SGC Directors or Faculty members for the exact address).

3) Classical Minds Guitar Festival has activities for students June 11-16 and is located very conveniently at Episcopal High School in Houston/Bellaire!  Great faculty and outstanding instruction!  Here is their website:  We have heard that there may be scholarships available to students of the Conservatory!  If you are a serious student of the guitar (or you know one), contact the Festival President Nadene Crain at   (713) 305-2336 - cell  

4) Texas Classical Guitar Camp brings together amazing teachers and talented young students in the scenic campus of St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas.  It is also coming up soon:  June 11-17 and this is a stay-over camp.  Beautiful campus, nice lodging and really good food.  Dr. Kostelnik (who will be in Houston for the SGC 2016) has mentioned there are scholarships for Conservatory students worth $500 or more!  Please Contact Dr. Kostelnik for more information or check out their website:  Or by email:   or phone: 512-659-7512

5) This is from Alan Hirsh, guitarist/educator from from North Carolina:  "I want to tell you about the upcoming Shearer Summer Institute in Zion. I ‘m wondering if you have any guitar students who might be interested in attending?  It's an incredible experience--magnificent hiking and guitaring.   Ricardo Cobo, myself and others will be teaching--I'll also be conducting the guitar orchestra.  Cost is $800 which includes lodging at the Cable Mt. Lodge and all catered dinners. This is completely free for teachers who bring a guitar ensemble.  If you know of other teachers or students in your area that might be interested, please pass this info to them. Look forward to hearing from you!"  Here is the contact information: Dr. Alan Hirsh email:   

6) Get involved with the Guitar Initiative whose mission is to bring more guitar programs into more schools in the Houston area!  Please read the website:  How would you like to get involved?

7) Get practicing!  Learn those songs you have been meaning to learn.  Learn as many new right and left hand techniques now while you are young.  If you learn it now, you can use it for the rest of your life!  Work with your private teacher to reach new goals.  Find a performance opportunity and plan, prepare and perform like a champion of music!  Let us know if you need any further ideas: