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 Presents: Music of France

Our theme program this year features society members performing works by French composers: Robert de Visee, Debussy, Faure, Ravel and more.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door


Emerging Artist Concert

 Adam Hug and Congyi Zhang

Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door



Adam Hug is a classical guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City.
Adam holds a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City, where he was a scholarship student in the studio of Michael Newman. Adam holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and graduated Sigma Cum Laude with an academic scholarship, also receiving the Joseph Turnau Graduation Award. Adam has also studied jazz guitar with Craig Boyd and Michael Belajonas, and he has performed in master classes conducted by Jorge Cabellero, Oren Fader, Rene Izquierdo, João Luiz, Gohar Vardanyan, and Fabio Zanon.

Congyi Zhang is from Beijing, China, and is currently living in New York City. Congyi first learned to play classical guitar under his father’s instruction at age 8. He attended Central Conservatory of Music of China Middle School, graduated from Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing in 2016 with his Bachelor of Music degree, and is now a first year Master of Music scholarship student at Mannes School of Music in New York City. Congyi was a finalist in the 2018 JoAnne Falletta Guitar concerto Competition and was awarded the Griener Prize.


Mr. Hug and Mr. Zhang will perform a program of solos and duets for guitar.


MHCGS Theme Program:
Homages and Dedications

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.