Seattle Classic Guitar Society | Paul Grove

Concert with Seattle Classic Guitar Society

Saturday, November 30, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Dr. Paul Grove joined the inland northwest music community in 1995 while completing a doctoral degree in Russian music theory and guitar performance at the University of Arizona. He was invited by his colleague Leon Atkinson to live and work in Spokane, where Paul’s teacher Aaron Shearer began his career. Though he was only going to stay for one year, he has remained ever since.

As a performer, he has been a featured soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Couer d’Alene Symphony, the Gonzaga Symphony, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, and other regional ensembles. He has toured throughout the US, as well as in Russia, Brazil, India, and Canada.

Paul completed a PhD dissertation on the contrapuntal theories of Sergei Ivanovich Taneev as the recipient of a Jacob Javits research grant. In addition, he received awards and distinctions in several national and international guitar competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the Stotsenberg International Competition, The Great Lakes Guitar Competition, and the Norman Sholin Memorial Competition.

He teaches guitar and ethno-musicology at Whitworth University and was recently invited to teach 18th-century counterpoint at Gonzaga University. Paul's students have received distinctions in several competitions, including Guitar Northwest, the Wolff and Shaeffer Competitions at the University of Arizona, and Musicfest Northwest.

Paul’s primary guitar instructor was Aaron Shearer; he studied composition with Jean Eichelberger-Ivey at Peabody where he joined Manuel Barueco as one of the first two guitarists to win the Peabody Conservatory Competition.

About Seattle Classic Guitar Society

The mission of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society is to promote the art of the classical guitar in the greater Seattle area by building and sustaining a diverse community of students, performers and listeners through concerts, master classes, performance opportunities, gatherings and outreach.

The Seattle Classic Guitar Society was founded in 1958. The Society is a local, unendowed, member-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of the classical guitar in the Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest, Washington area. The SCGS presents a variety of musical events featuring world class artists, masterclasses, and local member open mics.


Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets may be picked up beginning one hour before the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.