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About the Program

The Stevenson Guitar program offers:

• Guitar Techniques 1: A comprehensive course that covers chords, reading music, and learning to jam with others. No experience/audition necessary.
• Guitar Techniques 2: This course is designed to teach intermediate techniques, solo music, and large group ensemble performances.
• Patriot Guitar Ensemble: This course covers advanced techniques, college level solo/ensemble music, and performance etiquette.

Textbooks used in guitar class include:
Charles Duncan: A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar
Royal Conservatory Guitar Series
Student Repertoire Series 1 & 2, by Lawrence Ferrara

Additional study materials include:
Breezin’ Thru Theory
CAGED Method and Scales

Guitar Faculty:

Shaun Zimmerman


2019-20 Concert/Event Schedule
Date Time Event Location
Mon.-Tues., Aug. 5-6 9 a.m.-Noon Orchestra and Guitar Camp Orchestra Room (2200)

All incoming students are expected to attend this two-day event, and there is no registration or fee.

Date Time Event Location
Wed., Aug. 15 7 p.m. Senior Solo Recital Recital Hall (4100)
Tues., Sept. 10 7-8:15 a.m. Baroque Ensemble Auditions Orchestra Room (2200)
Fri., Sept. 13 7-8:15 a.m. Baroque Ensemble Auditions Orchestra Room (2200)
Thurs., Sept. 26 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Oct. 1 3:30-9 p.m. ILMEA String Auditions Check
Thurs., Nov. 21 7 p.m. Guitar Concert Performing Arts Center
Mon., Dec. 16 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Jan. 14 7 p.m. Consortium Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Jan. 28 7 p.m. Baroque Ensemble Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Jan. 29-Feb. 1 TBA ILMEA All State Festival Peoria
Wed., Feb. 12 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Chamber Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Thurs., March 5 7 p.m. Guitar Chamber Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Wed., March 11 7:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. Orchestra Clinic Day TBA
Thurs., March 19 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Orchestra/Guitar Placement Auditions
(Incoming freshmen/current students)
Orchestra Room (2200)
Wed., April 29 7 p.m. Baroque Ensemble Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Thurs., May 7 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Awards Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., May 12 7 p.m. Guitar Concert West Auditorium (2206)
Fri., May 22 5 p.m. Graduation Sears Centre Arena

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Cheesecake Fundraiser Information
World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Information

California Pizza Kitchen - Saturday, Sept. 28
Support the strings program by having lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Deer Park. Show this flyer when ordering, and 20% of your order will go to the guitar and orchestra programs. The fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe - Thursday, Oct. 24
Join the String Parents Association for a late-start breakfast fundraiser. The fundraiser runs from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Mention Stevenson when ordering, and Strawberry Field will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. Strawberry Field is located at 410 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Lincolnshire. Official Flyer

Wendy’s - Friday, Nov. 22
Stop into Wendy’s Buffalo Grove (300 W. Half Day Rd.) any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 30% of qualifying sales will be donated to the String Parents Association. Present this flyer when ordering.