Become a Member & Order Tickets

As a member of the Minnesota Guitar Society, you receive ticket discounts on all MGS-sponsored events, a year's subscription to the Guitarist and the opportunity to place free classifieds in each issue.

You'll find the ticket and membership information and order form in this year's Season Brochure.

Call 612-677-1151 to order Sundin Hall series tickets by phone. Or order online.

Community Concerts

Will return in 2019. Details TBD.


OpenStage is a structured but informal way for guitarists of any level to experience the joy of playing for each other. Go to the OpenStage page for more information.

All meeting are on second Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

September 9, 2018
October 14, 2018
November 11, 2018
December 9, 2018
January 13, 2019
February 10, 2019
March 10, 2019
April 14, 2019
May 12, 2019

OpenStage meets at The Underground Music Cafe in Falcon Heights. It's the same place but a new venue.

Consider joining the Classical Guitar Meetup to get together informally and play with other classical guitarists. All levels welcome. We meet at the Underground Music Cafe. Check the meetup site for the schedule.

Read the Latest Guitarist Newsletter


Past issues of Guitarist newsletter are available on the Newsletter page.

Check Out the Guitar Community Calendar

The community calendar has information on guitar events in our region. You can see or post events on the calendar

Slovenian classical guitarist Karmen Stendler

Sundin Hall, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Edmar Castaneda

Slovenian classical guitarist Karmen Stendler has appeared in a wide range of venues, from Ljubljana's Philharmonic Hall to Artegna Castle in Italy, Konzerthaus Klagenfurt in Austria and the Hall of the Arts Academy in Berlin. Other performances include appearances at international guitar and chamber music festivals such as Echos Festival in Italy and Slovenia, José Tomás Guitar Festival in Spain, Andrés Segovia Guitar Festival in Pescara, Italy, Bamberg Guitar Days in Germany and Postojna Guitar Festival in Slovenia, just to name a few. Karmen is currently completing a postgraduate solo artist diploma (Konzertexamen) at the University of Music »Franz Liszt« in Weimar under renowned German professor Thomas Müller-Pering. She holds two master's degrees in classical guitar performance, one from the above mentioned University and the second one from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where she studied with the dean of the Academy, professor Andrej Grafenauer. She also completed her bachelor's degree in Ljubljana with the highest mark.

She spent exchange years in 2012/13 studying in Stuttgart in the class of the Bulgarian Kaltchev Guitar Duo and then in 2016/17 at the Superior Conservatory of Aragón in Spain, where she studied with Pedro Mateo González and Àlex Garrobé.

She is a multiple prizewinner at national as well as international competitions, which include Enrico Mercatali Guitar Competition in Gorizia, Italy, José Tomás Competition in Petrer, Spain, Andrés Segovia Competition in Pescara, Italy, International Guitar Competition Krsko, Slovenia, and multiple national Slovenian competitions. In 2012, at the age of 20, she received a Preseren Award from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana for her exceptional artistic achievements in the previous year.

Throughout her studies she has been generously supported by several institutions, which awarded her scholarships, such as Germany's DAAD, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung from Hamburg, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.

Since 2009 she has also regularly been recording for the Slovenian Radio and Television and the same institution broadcast many of her concerts in Slovenia including the Roland Dyens's »Concerto en si« that she played as a soloist in 2011. Since 2013 she has also regularly been recording at the Baros Records Studio in Slovenia.

Karmen's debut CD »First« was released in January 2016 and in 2018 the debut CD of the Weimar Guitar Quartet is coming out.

Besides solo projects she is an active chamber musician, notably playing with the Weimar Guitar Quartet, but also in guitar duo, duo with violin, duo with accordion and trio with violin and accordion. She is also an advocate of Slovenian music, which she regularly includes in her programs.

Over the last 10 years, she has had the privilege to work in masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Eliot Fisk, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Paolo Pegoraro, Ricardo Gallén, Carlo Marchione, Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Käppel, Joaquín Clerch, Lorenzo Micheli, Judicäel Perroy, Margarita Escarpa, Alexander Swete, Christian Gruber, Peter Maklar, Sante Tursi, Thomas Offermann, Jens Wagner, Petr Saidl, etc.

In her free time she likes to read, eat and has a black belt in karate. She also loves to learn foreign languages, and currently she is fluent in Slovenian, English, German, Serbian and Spanish, but is also learning Italian and French.

Karmen Stendler plays a guitar made by Daryl Perry (Canada) and uses Guitarlift.

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The Minnesota Guitar Society Fernandosaur t-shirt is a great gift for guitarists. Who wouldn't love a guitar playing dinosaur? You can order them directly from the MGS. Order here or pick one up at an MGS concert.


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2018-2019 Sundin Hall Concert Series At a Glance


Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Saturday, October 20

Edmar Castaneda
Saturday, November 17

GFA winner Tengyue Zhang
Friday, December 7 (rescheduled from September 29)

Acoustic Guitarathon
Saturday, December 8

Karmen Stendler
Saturday, January 26

Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque Guitar Duo
Saturday, February 23

Sabrina Vlaskalic
Saturday, March 23

Celil Refik Kaya
Saturday, April 27

Classical Guitarathon
Saturday, June 1

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