Joe Ricker, HVGO’s Assistant Musical Director

Joe RickerHVGO enthusiastically welcomes Joe Ricker on board as the new Assistant Musical Director. Along with his invaluable contribution as electric guitarist in the ensemble, Joe will assist Musical Director Peter Blanchette in running full and sectional rehearsals, and help create a comprehensive “HVGO Book,” – a complete repertoire of guitar orchestra arrangements for other nascent guitar orchestras to use in practice and performance. Further, Joe will lead in the development of HVGO’s educational and outreach components, working with Pioneer Valley area schools to form young people’s guitar ensembles, based on the HVGO approach.

Joe Ricker is one half of the critically acclaimed Duo Orfeo (, lauded as “Brilliant and wild-thinking artists.” Duo Orfeo’s 2012 release, I Sing the Body Electric featured Ricker’s distinctive and colorful use of electric guitars and his transcendent arrangements of Arvo Pärt, John Cage, Valentin Sylvestrov and other modern composers. Ricker is a graduate of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School where he studied classical guitar performance and was a longtime pupil of renowned guitar pedagogue Phillip de Fremery (a student of Andres Segovia). Joe lives with his wife Shana in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is a dedicated guitar teacher at his “Guitar Studio of Joe Ricker.”  More about Duo Orfeo at


Joe Ricker & Peter Blanchette interviewed on The Bill Newman Show, WHMP Radio, Sep. 16, 2014

Duo Orfeo play music of John Cage (1912-1992):
In a Landscape Arranged by Joe Ricker.


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