"My work as a musical activist brought me before audiences in a variety of venues, including churches, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, and community centers. In the process of sharing music and interacting with listeners of multiple demographics, I found that I was using the guitar as a vehicle to paint my own story: finding work that I loved, accepting challenges, learning from mistakes, and ultimately, heeding a calling that has allowed me to utilize music as a force to empower my own future.
Briefly looking back, it is hard for me to imagine that my story began as a teenager strumming Taiwanese pop songs. Along the way, the crossroads of unlikely encounters and surprising coincidences paved the way for my improbable journey. Today, as a professional guitarist, I continue to be given the privilege of presenting my work, of sharing my story, of interacting with people from all walks of life, and of sharing those unforgettable moments in unforgettable places."
- Steve Lin
In the summer of 2008, Steve Lin returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and made his new home in the South Bay. He now frequently collaborates with the South Bay Guitar Society
in his community and educational work, including performances at local high schools and libraries.
In December of 2008, SBGS received a grant from the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition to commission a new composition for guitar from Lei Liang. The work will be based on the classic Chinese novel, "Dreams from the Red Chamber". This composition will be formed at schools and community venues and symbolizes one aspect of the multi-cultural world that so characterizes the Bay Area.
Please visit the South Bay Guitar Society website for more information and upcoming events.
Boston Guitar Project was founded in 2005 by Steve Lin and the American guitar virtuoso, Eliot Fisk. What started as a student-led initiative based out of New England Conservatory of Music has turned into a community performance and educational project as well as a semi-formal concert series.
The Boston Guitar Project concert series presents young guitarists from all over the world, featuring eclectic programs and styles ranging from classical to jazz and from Latin to flamenco. The concerts take place in relaxed and intimate settings, and there is always time afterwards to speak to the artist. Each season promises to be an exciting blend of the worlds of the guitar.
The community performances projects have taken BGP to nursing facilities, hospitals, homes for the blind, community churches, local libraries, schools, and other public venues. In addition, BGP has contributed to many fund raising activites throughout Boston, thus increasing BGP’s role as a vehicle for public service. Through outreach, BGP continues to spread the love of guitar music to new audiences of varying age groups.
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
Brigham & Women's Hospital (Boston, MA)
United Parish of Brookline (Brookline, MA)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal (Boston, MA)
Crossroads Community (Framingham, MA)
Old South Church (Boston, MA)
Grace Episcopal Church (Newton, MA)
Boston Vineyard (Cambridge, MA)
Boston Classical Guitar Society (MA)
Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA)
Newton Public Library (Newton, MA)
Boston Aid to the Blind (Roxbury, MA)
Young Alumni Volunteer Assn (Boston, MA)
Boston Ethical Society (Cambridge, MA)
Boston Guitar Project is made possible by tireless commitments from its artists who selflessly volunteer their time and talent to serve a greater cause.
Click here to learn more about Boston Guitar Project
"Thank you so very much for your second wonderful concert at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Kessler Library. It was great to have you back here again warming the hearts of our patients and family members awaiting surgery. Your music and talent continues to inspire many, and attendees are sure to remember your performance for years to come.”
- Cara Helfner, Chief Librarian
Kessler Health Education Library
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“Thank you for your donation to Conversation Pieces Gala Silent Auction at Brookline Arts Center’s 2007 spring fundraiser. This wonderful event raised the visibility of the Brookline Arts Center’s new sculpture garden, “Conversation Pieces.” Last Saturday’s gala was a great success. [It is] people like you who provide our community with the funds and energy necessary to maintain strong arts programs for Brookline and Metro Boston residents.”
- Susan L. Navarre, Executive Director
Brookline Arts Center
“Thank you for sharing your wonderful music with the TAS community and promoting classical guitar with such passion. What you are doing is really amazing and I am sure your efforts are making an impact this very moment. We are all very proud of our alumni. Who would have known that they would turn out to be such great guitarists, right?!”
- Helen Chen, Associate Director of Alumni
Taipei American School
“Thanks so much for yesterday! You guys were fantastic. Everyone here really enjoyed the performance. One of my parishioners came by today to tell me that she loved it and that it helped her so much with her depression.”
- Timothy Crellin, Vicar
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (Boston)
“I really enjoyed the concert yesterday, as did every person in the room. It was a haven in the middle of my very people-intensive day, and I felt blessed by God through your music.”
- Christopher Greco, Music Director
Cambridge Vineyard Christian Fellowship
“Thank you so much for playing at our event. You and your group did a wonderful job! We were so lucky to have met you!”
Brookline Arts Center
- Jonelle Prill, Assistant Director