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

Sunday, February 23, 2020

At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

MHCGS Pops Concert Theme Program

Members of the society perform popular works from film, the American song book and more.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Olson/De Cari Duo
voice and guitar

At Morton Memorial Library

Rhinecliff, NY

Admission: $10 at the door

The Olson/De Cari Duo, a husband-and-wife ensemble, is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for classical guitar and voice, deriving inspiration from their eclectic backgrounds in both science and the arts.
The Duo’s unique approach to song performance draws on Gioia’s expertise as both a classical singer and a theatre artist, and John’s diverse musical background and affinity for ensemble performance. Their innovative repertoire includes many pieces written for them, including compositions from their Science/Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to celebrate the science-informed worldview and illuminate the human side of science through song.
NYlon Review described their performance as “superb . . . served up with style and elegance,” and the Science Friday Initiative noted that “the Olson/De Cari Duo straddle science and art gloriously.”
Gioia is an award-winning writer and performer, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the Dramatists Guild of America. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her play Truth Values: One Girl‘s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, an autobiographical piece about her experiences as a woman in math, has become a national hit, touring to over fifty venues across the country.
John has served since 2007 as President of the New York City Classical Guitar Society. He has revitalized the organization and made it a thriving and central part of the city’s guitar community. He is also a member of the Guitar Foundation of America Board of Directors. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has performed scientific research for over two decades in academic and industrial settings.

Sunday, May 10, 2020


Benjamin Beirs, Guitarist, Composer

At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $20 at the door

With an education marked by his tutelage under the renowned Julian Gray at the Peabody Conservatory, Benjamin Beirs is the incarnation of the 21st century musician who teaches, composes, concertizes, records, produces videos. His competition awards include – 1st at the National Guitar Workshop Competition, 1st at the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition, 1st at the UT Dallas Competition, at the Schadt Concerto Competition (2nd and the Audience Choice award), and 3rd prize at the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 @3pm

Yenne Lee


At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

A native of South Korea, Yenne Lee is a classical guitarist who enjoys playing other genre music as well. By arranging and playing popular songs, she wants to expand the audience base of the instrument, hoping that would lead to more people learning the classical guitar.
Her first album, Beautiful (2016), features her own arrangements of popular songs from the 1970’s. Her second album which will be released in 2019 features her own classical interpretation of some jazz standards. The first arrangement she completed for this jazz album was Autumn Leaves, which she made a YouTube video for Guitar Salon International’s YouTube channel in 2017. The video has gotten over 11 million views as of September 2019.
She has a strong background in classical music. She recorded for Sony Classical Korea as the first guitar of Botticelli Guitar Quartet in 2008. She received a doctorate from Manhattan School of Music.  Her dissertation was on Fernando Sor’s fantasies and their Romantic features. She has a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University. She was a prizewinner at the Indiana International Guitar Competition in 2013 and at several competitions back in Korea.
Her recent performances include the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, New York City Classical Guitar Society, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Vietnamese American Classical Guitar Society, and Korean American Guitar Society.
She teaches guitar at Vassar College and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division.