Classical Guitar Lessons


Portland Classic Guitar is proud to announce that PCG founder and internationally renowned classical guitarist William Jenks has just accepted a faculty position at Marylhurst University. Jenks will be training Marylhurst University classical guitar students working toward their Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance or music therapy, and also directing the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble beginning in the fall of 2016.

Jenks is already well-known to fans of classical guitar. In addition to being the proprietor of Portland Classic Guitar, he is the mastermind behind the world-class and world-renowned PCG concert series, bringing such luminaries as the Romeros, Eliot Fisk, John Williams, the Assad Brothers, and Manuel Barrueco to the Portland area. He is also a prolific performing and recording artist who has toured throughout United States, Europe, and Latin America, and released four CDs.

As a guitar instructor with more than fifteen years of experience, Jenks has developed a unique and powerfully effective teaching method; many of his students have gone on to become professional musicians. Now Jenks is poised to help elevate Marylhurst into one of the best guitar programs on the West Coast, if not the nation. In addition to the highest-quality private instruction and ensemble leadership, Jenks will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to experience firsthand the great masters of the classical guitar world, in concert and master-class settings. In addition, the repertoire he has prepared for public performances of the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble promises to be both exciting and fresh.

As a top-tier accredited school of music, Marylhurst has a strong and quickly growing Bachelor of Arts in music therapy program under the leadership of department chair Dr. Laura Beer, and an award-winning choral department directed by Dr. Justin Smith. Marylhurst University boasts a beautiful campus and facilities, excellent instructors, and intimate classrooms.

Interested students should contact William Jenks directly at 503-830-1417, or at For Marylhurst University admission questions, please contact 503-699-6268.

The students of William Jenks perform quarterly in Marylhurst University's Wiegand Hall. These recitals are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  • Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The recitals will be held at Marylhurst Univeristy's Wiegand Hall located at:  17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43), Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. (see map)

Private Lessons Through Portland Classic Guitar 

William Jenks and the rest of his staff also teach private lessons through Portland Classic Guitar (PCG).

At PCG, students can choose to study classical guitar or other styles such as rock, jazz, folk, flamenco, and more. Whether students study classical or folk styles, PCG has a systemized approach to teaching the guitar and all PCG instructors have been University trained. All PCG guitar students get a complete musical training in technique, theory, performance, ensemble playing, and more.

No previous guitar or musical training is necessary to start lessons. PCG accepts students who are complete beginners to advanced levels and students range from 5 years of age through senior citizens. PCG also holds quarterly student recitals and hosts the famous Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series featuring performances and master classes from some of the finest guitarists in the world including the Romeros, John Williams, David Russell and many more.

Studio Locations include: SE Portland, Oregon City, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Aurora, Wilsonville, and Vancouver.