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The Bishop McGuinness Honors Guitar Ensemble consists of a select group of advanced guitarists under the direction of Dr. Alan Hirsh. The ensemble is distinguished by its unique make-up which includes standard guitars, requinto, and contrabass. The group regularly performs throughout the Triad community and has been invited to perform at many festivals including the prestigious GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) symposium at UNSCA, Appalachian Guitarfest in Boone NC, Guitarganza at UNCG, the Long Island Guitar Festival, and the Songe d’été en musique in Quebec.
Founded in 1959, Bishop McGuinness is now the largest non-public high school in the Triad in North Carolina. Students enjoy an outstanding high school experience with exceptional academics, extracurricular activities and athletic opportunities. The school’s safe, caring and positive environment makes it the perfect place for students to learn and grow. Bishop is a college prep, co-educational Catholic high school operating under the direction of the Diocese of Charlotte. We embrace the diversity of our student body and invite students of all faiths, ethnic and social and economic backgrounds to attend our school. We strive for a level of diversity in its population which prepares students in a values-centered environment which speaks to the best in Catholic education.

DIRECTOR: Alan Hirsh
Well known as composer/arranger/guitarist/and music educator, Alan Hirsh currently resides in North Carolina where he serves as Music Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Bishop McGuinness High School as well as adjunct guitar instructor at Wake Forest University.  Alan is also the founder and director of the Piedmont Guitar Orchestra and actively directs festival guitar orchestras around the country, including the Appalachian Guitarfest Orchestra, the Greensboro Guitarganza Orchestra, the Long Island Guitar Festival Orchestra, and the Shearer Summer Institute Guitar Orchestra in Zion National Park.  Alan serves as Vice president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and Vice President of Education in the Aaron Shearer Foundation. He remains active as a composer, having written and arranged extensively for orchestra, band, chorus, guitar and guitar ensemble.   Alan’s many published works include Mel Bay publications of Twenty Etudes in fixed Positions  and New Music for Classic Guitar, Trio Concertino, Holiday, Folk, Sacred, and Renaissance Collections for guitar ensemble.
BMHS Guitar Ensemble participated in the 2016 Wake Forest University Community Guitar Concert.

Listen to the BMHS Guitar Ensemble's original recordings.