The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra -
Learning & performing great music with a friendly community of musicians!
Peter Pupping - director
The idea of a guitar orchestra came to me after having played in one at San Diego State University. I soon realized that the tradition of plucked instruments and their players getting together to form orchestras has a long history. Consider the mandolin orchestras of Vivaldi, Balalaika orchestras of Russia and now guitar orchestras throughout the world. A guitar orchestra includes sections divided up into 4 to 8 parts with multiple players on each part. While exploring a wide variety of music including classical, jazz and world music styles a guitar orchestra can also include other instruments such as percussion, bass, strings, winds, specialty guitars and more. The sound (timbre, tone) of 25 or more guitarists can be likened to a giant harp. It is our hope that you'll be inspired to join us or come hear a live performance someday. Whether performing with us or experiencing one of our concerts you will capture a heightened sense of the beauty and camaraderie of musicians sharing music together as in days of old.