Tidewater Guitar Orchestra Classical Guitar



Sam Dorsey, Director
c/o Tidewater Classic Guitar Society
P.O. Box 777
Norfolk, VA 23501
E-mail: sbdorsey@nsu.edu or jutemill@msn.com


Concert,Guitar Orchestra $2,000

Concert, Guitar Quartet $800

Workshop/Lecture/Small group performance—Please inquire

Discounts available for multiple bookings. Travel costs may be additional. Fee does not include accommodation. Contact Sam for details.


Throughout the year


TGO generally performs unamplified in indoor settings. Indoor amplification may be desirable under certain circumstances, which TGO will provide at no additional cost. For outdoor concerts, the presenter must provide sound reinforcement; however, TGO can provide a mixed feed from our mixing board.


All ages


The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra (TGO) is an ensemble of more than a dozen accomplished guitarists who use the lush timbral resources of different sized guitars to explore a rich repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartok. TGO is composed of classical guitars, requintos (soprano guitars tuned a fifth higher) and bajas (baritone guitars tuned a fourth lower).

One of the only orchestras of its kind in North America, TGO represented the United States at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica in 1999 and has made numerous appearances in Virginia.

Press Quotes, Tidewater Guitar Orchestra

“…this was a gorgeous sound that emanated from Roper’s stage, with a striking range of colors.” Virginian Pilot

“In addition to providing top quality musical entertainment, wonderfully amusing commentary is frequently offered by director Sam Dorsey.” Eastern Shore News

“While the selections were played with sensitivity and precision, the truly noteworthy mention is due to the very fine, professional, and polished arrangements…(of TGO members; Boyles& Cudney).” Hearsay Forum

Tidewater Guitar Orchestra members John Boyles, Sam Dorsey, Todd Holcomb and Cliff Morris have recently come together to examine the literature written for the standard guitar quartet in addition to compositions from the rich repertoire of the guitar orchestra . The Tidewater Guitar Quartet has focused especially on performing Spanish music and also more contemporary quartet music by Andrew York and Leo Brouwer.


Concerts include traditional Central and South American music, contemporary works dedicated to the TGO, and original compositions and arrangements by its members.


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