You can join the Guitar Orchestra or have us play for you.


The Guitar Orchestra meets once a week for two hours on Tuesday nights 7 to 9 in the Phinney Neighborhood in Seattle.  We normally have three sessions a year that run for 10 weeks with three to four performances at the end of the session.  Mark arranges or writes 90% of the music played, thus giving the musicians an opportunity to work with either the composer or someone intimately acquainted with the arrangement.  


This coming Spring we'll be working on a program featuring our favorite pieces from the last two years.  We will also add some tangos by Astor Piazzolla.  You can catch us playing at the Phinney Neighborhood Art walk Friday May 13.  Look for us on the web under Guitar Orchestra of Seattle as I will be posting videos on Youtube


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Soledad as arranged by Mark Hilliard Wilson for Guitar quartet.  Written by Astor Piazzolla and perfromed at the Seattle Classic Guitar Society Holiday Concert.  It features David Fetrow, James McCormick, Charles Stanton and special guests Jessica Papkov and very special guest David Feingold

The Guitar Orchestra of Seattle performing in Benaroya Hall's Nordstrom Recital hall 

from left to right

David Fetrow, Allison Gillett, Brian Bunch, Greg Elder, Doug Donahue, Teresa Jaworski, Manny Weiser, Nic Thomas.  Gary Heimbigner is outside of the lease on the left

Mark Hilliard Wilson is the conductor, composer, arranger and musical coach to the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle; also known as GuitarChestra. Wilson runs the Guitar Orchestra as a workshop, open to all levels of classical guitarists. The goal of the workshops are to get the (solo) classical guitarist out of his or her basement, bedroom, living room and into the fraternity of fellow guitarist so we can all make music together. Wilson has run 30 workshops over the last 10 years, often writing most of the music performed. There is always a specific focus of the music; some of which have been programs exploring the cultures of the Silk Road, Latin America, Spain along with obscure composers from the late 18th century such as Jan Kritic Neruda and Johann David Henichen. Some of the venues Guitar Orchestra has played are Nordstrom Recital hall, Victoria Conservatory in British Columbia, Soundbridge, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and the annual Seattle Classic Guitar Society Holiday Concert at the Seattle Mennonite Church.


The Guitar Orchestra is a collective of classical guitarists in the Seattle area that work on diverse programs and build community.

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