Old & New Guitars

DSCN1478We just dropped off a guitar built in Germany around 1850 with master builder Scot Tremblay for repairs.  We are very excited to get it concert-ready again. We also picked out woods for a “Terz” guitar that we commissioned Scot to build for us.  A “Terz” was a smaller guitar that was tuned a third higher (in G rather than E). There is a tremendous number of duets for regular guitar with the “Terz” from the early 19th century, as well as concerti and duets with forte piano. Ours will have a European spruce top, bird’s-eye maple back and sides, and an Indonesian Macasar Ebony fret board.  We are very excited about these instruments and could not be more pleased with Scot’s work. Pictured is Scot holding our German instrument that’s in need of repair.

Guitar in the Gallery

Michael & Keleren

Michael and Keleren Millham performed as part of the Guitar in the Gallery concert series we sponsor at Gallery One, here in Ellensburg.  The performance was summed up by an audience member who described the recital as “like opening a jewel box, and every piece sparkled.” We wish to thank the Millhams for a wonderful afternoon.

Saturday, January 28, 10:30 am Concert at the Willamette Heritage Center, Salem, Oregon

willamette-heritage-visit-01The Willamette Heritage Center is a particularly apt place for a performance of early nineteenth-century music on guitars from the period.

Located across from Willamette University at 1313 Mill St SE, in Salem, Oregon, the Willamette Heritage Center preserves buildings that date from the 1840s when Euro-American missionaries and immigrants settled in the Mid-Willamette Valley, home of the Kalapuya. It is likely that these settlers would have brought guitars with them very similar to the ones we will be playing on our concert!

The concert will take place in the Pleasant Grove Church, built in 1854 by Oregon Trail immigrants. The Heritage Center includes many other historic buildings and the 1896 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (where Neil’s mother shopped for fabric for her sewing projects well into the 1960s!).

The mill is a National Park Service-designated American Treasure, vividly telling the story of industrialization of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Concert-goers are encouraged to stay and visit the rest of the Willamette Heritage Center to experience the life and culture of early Oregon and the era in which the Caulkins’ music would have been heard.

The concert is Free to the Public. Donations to the museum will be gladly accepted.

CWU Concert Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a concert of early nineteenth century music on period guitars at Central Washington University, Department of Music, Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 PM. Admission is Free to the Public.


Grand March, Op. 21  –  (Benigne) Henry (fl. 1818)

The Polonesi Concertanti, Op. 137  –  Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
No. 1 Allegretto/Trio in D major
No. 2 Allegretto/Trio in A major
No. 3 Allegretto/Trio in E minor

Duet Op. 34, No. 3  –  Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852)
Allegreto Moderato
Andante Sostenuto
Rondo Allegro

Ich Denke Dein  –  Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)


Seattle Guitar Society Holiday Benefit Concert, Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm

The Caulkins Duo be playing one piece – The Grand March by the French composer Benigne Henry (fl. 1818). Guitar ensembles of all sizes and configurations will take the stage – the line-up looks great! Check out the full program below.

This concert is a fund-raiser for the non-profit Seattle Classic Guitar Society. The suggested donation for admission is $10, or $8 with the donation of a non-perishable food item for North Helpline.

Hope you can come!

Clima D’Oriente and New York 900 by Vito Nicola Paradiso (b. 1964)
Suzuki Guitar Students
Hilary Field, Scott Spencer, Robert Vierschilling, Instructors

Sonata in F minor. TWV 41: f1 by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Allegro, Andante, Vivace
Jill Carlsen, recorder and Michael Partington, guitar

Three Pieces from Capriccio (on the departure of his most beloved brother), BWV 992,
by J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Arioso: Adagio (friends try to dissuade him from his journey)
Adagiosissimo (general lament of his friends)
Fuga: Allegro (fugue in imitation of the post-horn)
Arranged for two guitars by Stephen Howland
Stephen Howland, Elizabeth CD Brown

From: Suite Française by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
I: Bransle de Bourgogne, II: Pavane, VI: Sicilienne, VII: Carillon
Arranged: Jonathan Leathwood
Connor Ritchie, Max Shaffer, Lucas Victor

Table Music by Annette Kruisbrink (b. 1958)
I – Breakfast, II – Brunch, III – Lunch, IV – Dinner, V – Dessert
Satchel Hennemann, Gary Candella, Daniel Ader, Liam Hardison, Dominique Orta, Michael Nicolella


Concerto for Two Mandolins (RV 532) by Antonio Vivaldi  (1678-1740)
Allegro, Arranged for Guitar Quartet by Elias Barreiro
Spanish Dance No.1 from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Arranged for Guitar Quartet by Yuho Won
Robert Baskerville, Nancy Bonnington, Tan Che, Peter Caruso, Scott Chung, Carlo Cristiano, Cathlyn Klassen, Matt Klassen

Grande Marche (Op. 18) by Bénigne Henry (fl. 1818)
Neil and Tamara Caulkins, guitars

Spaghetti Suite by Ennio Morricone (b.1928)
Arranged: David Burden/Michael Partington
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Trio
Kevin Callahan, Michael Partington, Jason Williams

Arcangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso op. 6 #8 arr, S.J. Nixon
Vivace – Grave, Allegro, Adagio – Allegro – Adagio, Vivace, Allegro, Pastorale: Largo
Guitar orchestra of Seattle
Alfie Gonzales, Tommy Hoag, Alex Lew, Abe Landa, James McCormick, Charles Stanton, David Fetrow, Ross Kling , Aidrien Wilkins, directed by Mark Hilliard Wilson

Guitar Orchestra Multi Level Play along

House Concert in Redmond!


Thank you to everyone who came out to our Redmond House concert on Saturday, November 12! It was an honor to have so many knowledgeable aficionados of the guitar in the audience and a pleasure to meet many of them afterwards.

Merci to our gracious hosts, Matt & Cathlyn!

Gallery One Concert – Standing Room Only!


Thank you to everyone who came out to our noon concert on November 11th at Gallery One! It was a privilege to play to a packed house on Friday. The lively acoustics and natural light of the Eveleth Green Gallery proved to be a splendid place to play guitar duets. And what a wonderful and attentive audience! We feel so blessed to live and play music in this community. Merci à tous!