Welcome to MHCGS

The Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society was formed in February of 2010 by guitarists Russell Austin, Gregory Dinger, and David Temple, and luthier William Kramer-Harrison.
Our Mission is to increase knowledge and awareness of the classical guitar in our community and to share and enjoy the music of the classical guitar.
MHCGS meets about six times each year at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, New York.
We host performing artists, master classes, lectures, and theme programs in which guitarists from the Hudson Valley region are invited to perform.
MHCGS is also a social and professional network for guitarists and lovers of the guitar. We invite everyone to participate.
MHCGS is a not for profit organization (501c3) operating under fiscal sponsorship of Arts Mid-Hudson Inc. formerly the Dutchess County Arts Council.

Schedule of Events


MHCGS Theme Program:
Homages and Tributes

Society members will perform works composed in homage to 
the greats of the guitar world.


Sunday, February 24, 2019 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door



MHCGS Presents Pablo Cohen, guitar

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $20 at the door

Pablo Cohen graduated from Temple University with a Doctor in Musical Arts degree.  He has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances in national and international competitions. More recently he received the Music Teachers National Association Award for his outstanding teaching. Dr Cohen is the head of the classical guitar program at Ithaca College and an affiliated artist at Cornell University.    


MHCGS Presents Paul Sweeny, guitar

with guest artist Barbara Kaufman, recorder

Sunday, June 9, 2019 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

Paul Sweeny earned a BA in music from Harpur College, presenting the first student classical guitar recital in the history of the school. He later returned to earn his MA in Music History. Paul has taught at BCC for 25 years where he created the school's guitar program, its sequence of music history classes, as well as a very popular class in the history of popular music. Over the years Paul has taught music history and guitar lessons at BU and is currently teaching the Pop, Rock and Soul Class. Paul is the Vice President of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and is a frequent performer in the area both as a soloist and as a member of the duo Simple Gifts with recorder player Barbara Kaufman. He also maintains a private guitar studio in Binghamton.


MHCGS Theme Program:
The Italians
Society members will perform works from the Italian guitar tradition

Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

 Sunday, November 17, 2019
MHCGS PRESENTS:

Philip Goldenberg and Hannah Murphy

3pm at the Morton Memorial LibraryRhinecliff, NYAdmission $10 at the door


Hannah Murphy is active performer and teacher throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. She holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Mannes School of Music in New York City, where she studied with international concert artist Michael Newman. She achieved her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Rowan University in New Jersey while studying with Joseph Mayes, famed student of Andres Segovia. Ms. Murphy plays both solo concerts and in ensemble with Phil Goldenberg. Ms. Murphy plays a guitar made by David J. Pace.

Performing as a guitar soloist Phil Goldenberg, has played in numerous festivals and recital halls across the United States. Most recently, Phil was awarded the 1st prize at the Charlottesville International Classical Guitar Competition, receiving a near perfect score for his performance of Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega.

Earlier this year, Phil won the first prize - Peter Segal Award - in the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar International Competition. Judges remarked on his "considerable sense of drama and varied color and dynamic range," as well as his sense of "pleasing calm, juxtaposed by moments of technical brilliance."

In 2015, Phil was a fellowship recipient at the Crown of the Continent guitar festival in Bigfork, Montana after winning first prize in the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. At that festival, he gave solo concerts and workshops, and collaborated with top musicians across all genres.

Phil also plays in a guitar duo with his wife, Hannah Murphy, who is one of the most popular young guitarists of her generation.


After studying with Joseph Mayes, famed student of Andrés Segovia, and graduating from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance, Mr. Goldenberg went on to receive a Master of Music degree in guitar performance with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux. Phil is currently enrolled at the Mannes School of Music, studying toward the Professional Studies Diploma as a scholarship student with international performing artist Michael Newman.