The Guild of Music
“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” - Igor Stravinsky
What would you like to know? How to play the crumhorn? Were ancient musicians considered to be like wizards? Will listening to Taylor Swift’s newest single help improve your digestion? (It won’t. We’ll answer that here.)
The Music Guild of the Arthurian Order of Avalon encourages all to explore the crazy-numerous facets of music and music culture. We believe that by understanding music - its history, its culture, its theory and technicalities - a musician will be able to add a whole new dimension to his or her performance, and the best way to facilitate this is through an atmosphere of fun and support. This is the guiding philosophy of the guild. So if you are interested in exploring how to play a new instrument, what a mash-up of Beethoven and Beyoncé would sound like, or just singing, come check us out!
Meet the Guild Master
Joshua Stout, Master of the Music Guild
Crowned Prince of Avalon
Lord Steward of the Order of the Solar
Knight of the White Shield
Hello, Musicians! My name is Josh Stout, and I am the Head of the Music Guild. Music has been a big part of my life ever since I was a child. Both of my parents were musicians, and I actively played the saxophone from 5th grade to freshman year of college. I like to dabble in other instruments, such as the bodhran, chanter, and other fun instruments from history.
My goal for the Music Guild is to bring a new level of music appreciation to the group. I believe that through teaching the history and mechanics of music, people gain a deeper understanding of the music they are performing. This results in an overall better performance.
I also encourage musical exploration - not just in medieval music, but in all music throughout time and all branches of music throughout time. If a member has a question about learning a new instrument, where to find a particular musical piece, or the location of a book about a musical topic, I will do what I can to help that person explore their musical interests.
If you want to be a part of our performances or learn more about what we do, please, come check us out!