Luthiers Mike Brown (l.) and Les Stansel discuss a detail of guitar construction at a recent JCGS meeting as Cu-Hullan McGivern and Matt Dorris look on. Photo by Bob Pennell

Luthiers Mike Brown (l.) and Les Stansel discuss a detail of guitar construction at a recent JCGS meeting as Cu-Hullan McGivern and Matt Dorris look on. Photo by Bob Pennell

Seven year old Natahn Hoyt plays his original composition, "Beware of the King" at a recent meeting. Photo by Bob Pennell.

Seven year old Natahn Hoyt plays his original composition, “Beware of the King” at a recent meeting. Photo by Bob Pennell.

JCGS Meetings at Paschal Winery Tasting Room

The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm. We begin gathering at 5:30 pm for those who like to socialize. We start our proceedings at 6:00, usually taking a break part way through to discuss society business and upcoming guitar-related events. Our players are young and old, amateurs and professionals, and skill levels range from beginners to advanced. Our emphasis is on creating a welcoming and supportive environment conducive to the performance of music for the classical guitar.

Through a generous offer from the management of Paschal Winery, our meetings are at their beautiful tasting room. Paschal Winery is situated on top of a knoll near the southern Oregon town of Talent amidst rolling hills covered by vineyards and pear orchards. Large windows on three of the four walls take advantage of the exquisite views of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains as well as the southern reaches of the Rogue Valley. Our first Jefferson Classical Guitar Society meeting at Paschal Winery took place on Tuesday April 2, 2002 and was a big success. (Our very first meeting was on October 5th, 2001 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.) There was a good sized turn out and everyone found Paschal’s ambiance to be ideal for our monthly gathering. And the acoustics in their tasting room are perfect for our beloved classical guitar. Over time, the association between JCGS and Paschal Winery has proven to be mutually beneficial, and the tasting room has become our home and regular meeting place.

We have met the first Tuesday of every month since that day. All are welcome. Come and participate or just observe. If you are curious as to what we have been up to, check out the link to our Archives Page at the bottom of this page.

Directions to Paschal Winery:

From I-5, take the Talent Exit (exit 21). If coming from the north (Medford), turn left at the stop sign onto West Valley View Road and go over the freeway. If coming from the south (Ashland), turn right at the stop sign onto West Valley View Road. Proceed on West Valley View road to the “T” intersection. At the “T” turn left onto Suncrest Road. Note the sign for Paschal Winery pointing to the left. Continue on Suncrest Road for 1.1 miles. Then you’ll see a sign for the winery on the left. The winery is at 1122 Suncrest Road. It sits in the midst of a vineyard, at the end of a long driveway.

Performance guidelines: 

At our music meetings, members of the public are welcome to perform or just come to listen. We always meet on the first Tuesday of the month, all ages welcome, no admission. Please arrive and be seated by 6 PM. Musicians, please be signed up (details below) by 6 PM as well.

The meeting program includes a wide variety of selections, performed mostly on guitar, some vocal, by amateurs, students and professionals. Anyone may announce upcoming events during the intermission as well.

We ask that audience members be respectful of the performers and not talk when people are playing. Also, please remember to silence or turn off cell phones while the meeting is in progress. This will make a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Please keep this in mind when performing:

  • Check with the emcee to have your name put on the order-of-appearance list.
  • Enter your full name and what you intend to play on the laptop on the bar.  If no laptop is available, see the emcee about how to list your piece(s).
  • Limit your performance – including introduction, comments, and stories – to 7 minutes or less (usually one to two pieces), featured guest performers excepted.
  • If there is a featured guest performer playing a 30-45 minute set, play only one piece.
  • Current paid JCGS members will be selected to play first during busy meetings. Others will be selected as time allows.

At some meetings, there has been no audience at 6 PM and a crunch at the end to squeeze in all players. Some did not get to play and the last players had to be limited to just a few minutes. So, if the players can manage to sign up and the audience be seated by 6 PM, we can start on time, include all players, and exit the building by 8:30.

We want our meetings to be beneficial to the winery so we can continue to meet at this ideal venue. Purchase of wine, a cheese plate, or desert is greatly appreciated. Please visit the tip jar on the counter even if you do not make a purchase.

Help setting up and putting away the folding chairs from the back room is also greatly appreciated.

JCGS meeting archives:

To the upper right of this page you will see a list of dates. These are links to the different years and months when we’ve had meetings. Click on the links until you find the meeting you wish to view. These pages are a collection of the agendas and minutes of our past meetings. If you are interested in our history or want to know what we have been doing, this is the place to go.

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