About the Minnesota Guitar Society
Board of Directors
President: Mark Bussey
Vice-President: Joanne Backer
Artistic Director: Joe Hagedorn
Managing Director: Emily Wright
Secretary: Chris Olson
Treasurer: Al Norton
Tech Guru: Jim Campbell
Newsletter Editor: Emily Wright
Newsletter Production: i draw the line, inc. / Fox Ridge Printing
Newsletter Distribution: Joanne Backer, Chris Becknell, Jim Falbo, Joe Haus, Ben Woolman
Website: Amy Lytton
Online Calendar: Al Norton
Mission and History
The MGS Mission Statement
Promote the guitar in all its stylistic and cultural diversity through sponsorship of public forums, concerts, and workshops.
Serve as an educational and social link between the community and amateur and professional guitarists of all ages.
Since its organization in 1985, the Minnesota Guitar Society has entertained, developed, and educated audiences, supported local artists, and promoted musical diversity through annual concert series that present regionally and internationally known artists, as well as workshops, education programs, and a bi-monthly newsletter. The MGS is a non-profit organization with elected board members and officers. The MGS is a largely volunteer organization with a one-third-time paid staff person (the Managing Director) who is responsible for concert and special programs planning and implementation, concert promotion, and the newsletter.There are currently 14 board members. The Minnesota Guitar Society is supported by the third largest dues-paying membership (300) of the 60-some guitar societies in the U.S. Our members come from practically every socioeconomic group in the region, a direct result of the universal and cross-cultural appeal of the guitar and guitar related music.