The ensemble pieces below were written or arranged specifically for my students, keeping both their technical ability and aesthetic enjoyment in mind. Since I have 1st – 4th-year students in my program, you should be able to find pieces to match the skill level of your ensemble. All are gratis, with some restrictions (*please see below.)
"I am a music teacher in the Brazilian public school system. I have been rehearsing your ensemble pieces for about a month now with my advanced students in Rio de Janeiro, and we all love them! I wanted to express my profound gratitude for your work in arranging these pieces. Not only are they very well arranged, but they are also extremely didactic. Thank you so much and I hope to honor these pieces with great performances!" – Regards, Alan Orlandi, Brazil
"I want to thank you and congratulate you on your wonderful compositions, arrangements, and guitar curriculum. My high school guitar ensemble have performed Tango, Moon Rising, and Long Road Home and your arrangement of In the Hall of the Mountain King. The pieces are appropriate for high school students, challenging, and musically fulfilling." – Steven Sabet, Music Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy
"Your ensemble arrangements are fantastic and accessible - a tough combination!" – Tim Locke, Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Canada
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Guitar Ensemble Library
(🎄While being appropriate for any concert setting, these pieces also work well in a Christmas/Winter concert.)
Bouree (j.s. bach)
INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED DUETS & TRIOS
Suite for two (Warde) 2019
ave maria (F. schubert)
South American Duets & Trios
I discovered these duets hand-written and without any fingerings. I transcribed and edited them only. Below, I've placed them generally in order of difficulty, starting at a beginner level to beginning/intermediate level.
6. La Llorona
ARRANGEMENTS FOR QUARTET
three Songs from Great Britain
The three pieces that make up this collection, Dacw 'Ngharia, The Water is Wide and Scarborough Fair, were intended to be performed together, as a set. For your convenience, I've made a singe pdf of the three scores with parts. For those who wish to perform individual pieces from the set, you can download (and listen to) these pieces below.
NEW INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED QUARTETS (Warde)
first snow (2016)🎄
tango for four (2016)
long road home (2016)
GESTURES suite (2018)
Gestures is a collection of four miniatures for guitar quartet, each less than two minutes long. The imagery and feelings each piece evokes in me are very poignant, and I was going to title each piece accordingly. In the end however, I didn't want to influence the listener's own visual and emotional reaction, so, I kept the titles neutral.
Obviously, being a suite, these four pieces are intended to be performed together. Of course, you have the option to perform them separately. To accommodate that, I provided the score and parts for each piece, rather than one file containing all four pieces.
Six Bells (2019)🎄
GUITAR QUARTET & STRINGS (Warde)
MUSIC FOR A LOONIE (2018)
GUITAR ENSEMBLE AND STRING SYMPHONY
Commissioned by the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music
for its Orpheum Showcase Concert, June 24, 2018
This commission was written specifically for a beginning to intermediate string and guitar ensemble. Therefore, from a technical perspective, this piece should be manageable for 2nd – 3rd year a high school or college string and guitar ensemble.
The performance in the above video was taken at a much slower tempo than I intended. Below is a recording with guitar quartet and sampled strings at the appropriate tempo.
*You are free to download these scores and parts and are encouraged to perform these works. However, like any of the material on this website, you are strictly forbidden to repost, publish and/or receive compensation from this music in any form or context. If you record your performance of any of my compositions and arrangements (including those on the Vocal & Chamber page), you are free to share that performance on social media platforms, such as YouTube, and free to receive monetization. However, if you intend to record any of this music with the purpose to distribute and sell it in any format, including CD, digital platforms and streaming media services such as Spotify or iTunes, or, if you plan to sync it, or any portion of it, with film, gaming or other interactive media, please contact me first to obtain a license. Thank you.