Austin Classical Guitar

Austin Classical Guitar (ACG) is the leading classical guitar nonprofit organization in the United States. Founded in 1990, ACG presents close to 100 world-class performances annually through seven major concert series, reaching more than 15,000 people each year. ACG promotes lifelong learning in the arts through free outreach concerts in the schools, Community Guitar Ensembles, the critically-acclaimed ACG Youth Orchestra, and adult enrichment classes.

At the heart of the organization’s mission is ACG Education, a program begun in 2001 and now bringing transformative classical guitar instruction in for-credit classes to 4,000 students each week in over 50 Austin schools. ACG Education also encompasses programs for special constituencies, including incarcerated youth at the Juvenile Justice Center, at-risk expectant and new mothers at Travis County Correctional Facility and People’s Community Clinic, and students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In addition to our direct local services, our groundbreaking online guitar ensemble curriculum ( is now used by over 500 educators internationally. Through this valuable resource, along with our teacher training workshops and support for program development in other communities in Texas and throughout the country, ACG Education is changing the scope of classical guitar education worldwide.

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