History and Mission

A Note from the President

As president of PCGS I am committed to maintaining diverse and exciting programming and community engagement. Our board is made up of students, teachers, and professionals in the Piedmont community from a variety of careers and experiences. PCGS is at the core of the Piedmont Guitar Community and seeks to enhance, educate, and elevate the guitar via concert production, community ensembles, community play-ins, festivals, and master classes. We are energized about grant-writing and other activities that support our cause. PCGS is also dedicated to raising membership numbers and actively seeks volunteers who are motivated to offer time, energy and financial support to our organization. Thank you for visiting our web site and perusing our offerings and current activities. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events!
Kami Rowan

Our History

The Piedmont Classic Guitar Society (PCGS) is a community of students, teachers, and enthusiasts in the Winston-Salem – High Point – Greensboro region of North Carolina.

North Carolina's Hotbed for Guitar

Created by a handful of folks in Winston-Salem, the PCGS took off in the late 1970s and was formally established as a nonprofit organization – 501(c)(3).

The founding vision of the PCGS initiated a broad support system for all things guitar in the region, including: 

  • Grants
  • Research
  • Educational Opportunities and Events
  • Innovative Curriculum and Publications
  • Support for Private Studios
  • Concert Production
PCGS Founders
Top - Maurice Fox, Kenneth Insch, Eric Schoulda, Larry Dixon, Michael Craddock, Pat Sullivan, Paul Muncy, Joan Durana
Bottom - Aaron Shearer, Jim Ortiz, Pat Dixon, Larry Almeida, Will Adams

Our Mission

To cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, and develop understanding, taste, and love of the musical arts and especially to promote interest in the classic guitar and similar stringed instruments; to foster the study of the classic guitar in private studios and at the elementary, secondary, and college levels, and to encourage the development of innovative curricula in support of these ends; to promote the guitar as an ensemble instrument, to encourage composition, arrangements, and publication of ensemble music involving the guitar; and to support scholarly research into the guitar’s history and literature; all of the foregoing purposes being limited to non-profit, educational, cultural, scientific, and charitable ends.

Guest Artists and Concert Production
Community Play-Ins
International Ensemble Trip
Community Ensemble
Public Performances
Student Showcase