About HVGO

The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra.
The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra is a unique large ensemble that combines the distinctive timbres and techniques of electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars. The orchestra plays an eclectic array of repertoire–ranging from Bela Bartok to James Brown, surf guitar to Chopin–an ever-evolving musical melange handpicked and arranged by HVGO’s Musical Director, Joseph Ricker. Based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, HVGO is a made up of both professional and amateur musicians all fearlessly dedicated to excellence in avant-garde community music making.

HVGO is a resident ensemble at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St Northampton MA

HVGO was established as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in 2009.

Artistic Director
Joseph Ricker

Board of Directors
Shana Anolik • Treasurer
Karen Hansmann • Secretary
Jon Aronstein
Mary Anne Fishman
Phillip de Fremery
Carol Johnson