March 25-31, 2024
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Welcome to VGO Heritage, a unique project dedicated to the exploration of Native American music and heritage. In 2024, we’re excited to engage multiple guitar learning communities and connecting them with the rich musical traditions of Native American people. We will be performing Niicugniaqa Nunakilili, (“I am listening and I am happy”), arranged for an orchestra of guitars and ukuleles by Darin Au.
The week of March 25-31 will be dedicated to teaching and exploring the song. Throughout this immersive experience, we’ll capture the collective talents of guitar and ukulele students in audio and video recordings. The culmination of this endeavor will be a captivating music performance video. Join us on this musical journey as we celebrate and honor the diversity of indigenous music and heritage.
Is this project for you?
We’re looking for guitar classes in or around Anchorage, AK. Whether you are a guitar student of any level or a guitar teacher, you’re welcome to join us in on one of the teaching and recording sessions from March 25 to 29 (more details about the sessions TBA).
Where will the project be recorded?
We’re still finalizing the list of participating schools and guitar studios. If you have have facilities (community hall, larger classroom) available at your school, please get in touch.
How much will it cost?
Participation is free of charge for all participating students and teachers.
2023 VGO Heritage
The 2023 VGO Heritage video was recorded in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Watch this beautiful song, performed by Punahou and Kamehameha Schools students.
Have questions about the project? Send an email to our project lead – guitarist and composer Darin Au.
In the past three years, Virtual Guitar Orchestra (VGO) united over 5000 guitarists from more than 50 countries, including professionals, aspiring guitar students, and enthusiasts alike. Recognized by the Library of Congress as a culturally significant event during the pandemic, VGO has grown into a global community dedicated to classical guitar.
Thanks to the generous support from the Augustine Foundation, VGO is actively involved in educational endeavors, from crafting state-of-the-art virtual guitar orchestra videos for dozens of NAfME and MEA ensembles across the country, to organizing meaningful recording sessions, providing support and infrastructure for auditioning purposes as well as bringing acclaimed guitarists to schools across the United States. Recently, VGO launched its first documentary film on adaptive music education 3 Strings of Inclusion.