Kalamazoo Classical Guitar (KCGuitar) is a growing non-profit organization devoted to classical guitar education, outreach, and concerts in the Kalamazoo community.
KCGuitar was founded by Matt Cosgrove, Dan Mervak, Jonathan Brignall, Ken Tsuchiya, and Haroon Chaudhry. Inspired by Austin Classical Guitar, KCGuitar seeks to promote the presence of classical and acoustic guitar in Kalamazoo. We hold bi-monthly performance meetings where everyone is encouraged to perform. In addition, we host concerts for local and regional talents.
Jonathan Brignall – President
Jon Brignall is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years experience working in government, private and public accounting. During that time, he has been involved in the formation and operation of numerous non-profit organizations. He holds masters degrees in Accounting, Taxation and Business Administration. Jon has studied classical guitar at Crescendo for over 5 years, first with Miles Kusik, and now with Matt Cosgrove. He is a member of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra. Jon looks forward to helping Kalamazoo Classical Guitar with organizational needs, and enjoys participating in the guitar parlor ensemble.
Haroon Chaudhry – Vice President
Haroon Chaudhry is an engineering student at Kalamazoo College. A life-long musician, he has played guitar for 10 years and piano for 16 years. He composes his own music ranging from contemporary to jazz to metal. Haroon began playing guitar at the age of 14, teaching himself electric and acoustic songs. He began playing classical guitar with Matt Cosgrove in 2013.
Scott Grover – Secretary
Matt Cosgrove – Executive & Artistic Director
Matt Cosgrove teaches classical guitar at Kalamazoo College, Crescendo Academy of Music, and out of his home studio in Northeast Kalamazoo. Matt earned a Master of Music in Guitar performance from the Florida State University. Matt’s major teachers have included Bruce Holzman, Joe Stallings, Steven Walter, and George Yeatman. Matt has taught at the college level since January 2000.
Matt is a co-conductor of the KCGuitar Guitar Parlor Guitar Ensemble. Matt is a primary organizer of major concerts sponsored by KCGuitar. Matt is the initiating member of all KCGuitar activities.
Carol Dunleavy-Chandler – Board Member
Carol is a record-keeping analyst with more than 20 years of experience working with employer sponsored retirement plans. She has also been involved with numerous non- profit organizations in the Kalamazoo Community. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kalamazoo College, a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Certified Benefits Specialty Designation(CEBS). She is board member of the Kalamazoo Classical Guitar and a member of the Guitar Parlor ensemble. She has studied guitar for the last 18 months at Crescendo Academy with Miles Kusik and Matt Cosgrove.
John Hosley – Board Member
John is a KCGuitar board member and also a member of the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra.