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Music Guild offers two new series for musicians in 2012

Professional development and educational events for local musicians are first up on the Staunton Music Guild’s calendar in 2012 starting with the formation of a Songwriting Circle in January and “Ask a Soundman” night in February.

The SMG Songwriting Circle will hold its first gathering on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Byers Street Bistro, 18 Byers St.  Focus of the group will be to provide feedback and support to local songwriters of all levels of experience and genres of music. Participants should bring 10 copies of a lyrics sheet and be prepared to play a song live or from a CD recording. 

The event is free to Music Guild members, $10 for non-members (includes a free SMG membership) and will be facilitated by songwriters Barbara Martin and Valerie McQueen.  For more information: Valerie McQueen at or visit

On Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. the Staunton Music Guild presents “Ask a Soundman” night at Byers Street Bistro, 18 Byers St.  Four local sound engineers/recording professionals will discuss and demonstrate sound techniques and tricks for musicians and venue owners looking to expand their knowledge.  The event is free to Music Guild members, $10 for non-members and will be facilitated by GK Audio’s Gary Kirby, Chad Wyatt of The Musician’s Source and Steve Sutton and Boris Ballard of DogBark Recording Studio.  For more information:  540-466-0059, email or visit

The Staunton Music Guild is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to support the performance and growth of music in the Staunton area through promotion, education and community outreach.  Showcases, scholarships and a variety of volunteer and promotional opportunities are on tap for 2012. Visit for more information.

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