Who We Are

Guardians of Sound keeps acoustic sound, musicians, and instruments as fundamental components in the creation, performance, education, and technological evolution of music. We compose, arrange, perform, record, and teach current music using exclusively acoustic and orchestral instruments, and voices. By doing this well, we inspire today’s music creators, producers, performing artists, educators and students to use acoustic sound, musicians and instruments in their work.

We are multiple flexible ensembles of professional, pre-professional, and youth musicians infusing a more organic, less heavily processed sound into current mainstream music. The goals are to enrich modern music making with the presence of acoustic/musical instruments, to build a stronger, younger, and more diverse audience for musicians working with musical instruments and voices in modern music making, and to nurture the creative and intellectual curiosity of today’s youth through the power of music making.

Board of Directors

Michael Chapman

Founding President & Director

Duquesne University School of Music Director of Classical Guitar Ensemble / Adjunct Professor Guitar

James A. Brown

Director of Youth Development, Homewood-Brushton YMCA; YMCA Lighthouse Project

Linda Addlespurger

Director , Hope Academy Of Music and The Arts

Launcelot I. Brown Ph.D.

Duquesne University School of Education, Department Chair, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Annabelle Clippinger

Director of PittArts, University of Pittsburgh

Taliya Allen

The Pittsburgh Foundation Associate for the Arts

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