The festival will feature a guitar orchestra for registrants and all are encouraged to participate, from amateurs to professionals. This is a great opportunity to have fun, meet fellow guitarists and enjoy the typical camaraderie that is such an enduring element of the Northwest Festival.
This year’s selected works are “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla (arranged by John Mery) and “L’Encouragement” by Fernando Sor (arranged by Bryan Johanson). “L’Encouragement” will feature guitarists Scott Kreitzer and Jesse McCann as soloists. Parts will be distributed beginning March 1.
Attendance at all 3 morning rehearsals will be expected of orchestra members.
2017 Guitar Orchestra Director: John Mery
John Mery is a critically acclaimed recording artist who specializes in classical and electric guitar. He has performed and recorded extensively as soloist, ensemble member and sideman. His work has been featured on radio and television nationally and internationally. In 2006 he founded the Oregon Guitar Quartet and has since released six uniformly praised recordings with the group. He is also currently a member of the Tango Nuevo quintet Tango Pacifico who released “Revirado” in 2010. John is a D’Angelico Guitars “proudly endorsed artist”.
Recent performances include the 2013 International CMS conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina and The 2013 Credomatic Festival de Musica where he performed a series of concerts across Costa Rica.
John holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and has also studied in Spain, France and Italy. John was born in Santiago, Chile and speaks a number of languages fluently.
John is also on the faculty of Portland Community College where he is the Chair of Music and Dance. He currently resides with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon.