The PSU Guitar Series

The PSU Guitar Series

A series of concerts and masterclasses featuring PSU Faculty and renowned guest artists.

Oct 2019 - Apr 2020

The PSU Guitar Series provides concerts, workshops & masterclasses of distinguished artists for the benefit of our student body and the larger Portland community.  Located in the hub of Portland’s cultural district, this annual series will be a focal point for guitar activity in the larger metro area and pacific northwest.  Through generous support of Portland State University, PSU Foundation, Portland Guitar Society and community members alike this series revives a tradition which lasted 17 years (1978-1995) and aims to continue it for many years to come.

In 1978 the newly hired director of guitar studies at Portland State University, Bryan Johanson, began a classical guitar recitals series. The series presented anywhere from four and nine concerts annually featuring local, regional and international artists. Running from 1978 through 1995, the series brought to Portland David Russell, David Starobin, Dusan Bogdanovic, Paul O'dette Carlos Barbosa-Lima as well as celebrated pedagogues like Aaron Shearer, and Frank Koonce to name a few.    

In 1991 the series transitioned into the Portland Guitar Festival, which ran until 2011. The festival, like the series, continued to bring artists for concerts and classes.  However, it also included a solo guitar competition. Artists at the festivals include Ana Vidovic, Paul O'dette, Ralph Towner, Martha Masters, Paul Galbraith, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Manuel Barrueco.

For booking inquiries and additional information, please email Mario Diaz at

Raphaël Feuillâtre

Concert | Saturday, October 26 | 7:00 PM
Lincoln Recital Hall

Masterclass | Sunday, October 27 | 10:00 AM
Lincoln Hall 355



Assad Brothers
Concert | Saturday, February 15 | 8:00 PM
The Old Church

Masterclass | Sunday, February 16 | 10:00 AM
Lincoln Hall 355



Antonio Rey


Workshop | CANCELED
Lincoln Hall 355


Stephanie Jones

Concert | CANCELED
Lincoln Recital Hall

Masterclass | CANCELED
Lincoln Hall 303