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Experience Classical Guitar at Eastern Music Festival

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, January 29, 2016
Experience Classical Guitar at Eastern Music Festival
Open to classical guitarists ages 14 and up, Eastern Music Festival has expanded its program this summer to two weeks!  From July 16-30, you can join JASON VIEAUXJULIAN GRAY and KAMI ROWAN for an in-depth summer study experience you will never forget. Participants will collaborate with other instrumentalists and delve into new territories of chamber music, pedagogy, technique, and performance.  At EMF, you will spend two weeks at the leading international summer music festival, where you can re-charge your mind and spirit in a beautiful setting surrounded by world-class musicians.
A core component of the program is the individualized instruction each participant will receive from the three guitar faculty. Whether it be polishing works already in progress, improving technique or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time with outstanding teachers will help you refine your individual playing skills.
The EMF Guitar Program will feature multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics. Led by faculty, these can cover performance development, fingerboard harmony and theory, technique, guitar literature and history, memorization techniques, transcriptions, career options as well as open discussions about current topics and trends.
All participants will rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra. In addition, there will be opportunities to work in small chamber ensembles with other instrumentalists as well as guitar duos, trios and quartets.
Each week, guitar participants will attend studio master classes led by guitar faculty members. Several will be invited by the faculty to perform in public master classes.
At EMF, you will have the opportunity to attend numerous guitar concerts and recitals featuring the guitar faculty and fellow program participants. You will also have access to all of the Festival's world-class orchestra and chamber music performances.
Eastern Music Festival’s Guitar Competition will feature both High School and College/Pre-Professional divisions. All Division I & II finalists will perform in a concert open to the public. Three finalists will be chosen from each division and the top two from both divisions will receive cash prizes. All participants in the Guitar Competition must be full-participants for the duration of the EMF Guitar Program (July 16-30).


Undergraduate & graduate/pre-professional - no age limit
Must be currently in 9-12 grades, or have graduated in May of 2016 and not yet attending college

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"Arion" Summer Guitar Academy Call for Artists and Lecturers

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Supporting a cultural institution on the border of Europe

Event: Summer Guitar Academy «Arion»

When: August 3rd - 8th, 2016 

Where: Molyvos, Lesvos island, Greece


 The Molyvos Tourism Association is a non-profit organization which aims at developing the economic and social growth of Molyvos as well as of the wider region of Lesvos. One means by which we try to do so is by highlighting the cultural resources of our island.


For this reason, we have created the Summer Guitar Academy “Arion”, an institution which has been taking place for the past 4 years and focuses on showcasing the role of the guitar within the wider musical scene. Important artists from all over the world come to visit Molyvos, the homeland of the first guitar-singer-poet «Arion», in order to participate in our Summer Guitar Academy. The philosophy of the “Arion” Academy is to approach the guitar, not as an end in itself, but as means of expression, of creation, of aesthetic cultivation and as a means to establish communication with other instruments and with other forms of Art. Within this framework, the «Arion» Academy includes projects on the following:

- The repertoire and the interpretation of the classical guitar (including seminars, lectures, concerts and competitions)

- The multiple roles of the guitar in different kinds of music (such as jazz or traditional music)

             - The role of the guitar in ensembles

- The relationship of the guitar with poetry (song composition and accompaniment, alternative education of poetry).   


Despite the difficult circumstances the island of Lesvos has been facing, mainly because of the refugee situation, we are determined to preserve our cultural institutions such as that of the Guitar Summer Academy «Arion» by inviting significant guitarists and artists from all over Greece and from abroad to come participate in this event with us. Therefore, we would like to ask for the support of the GFA members. It would be of great significance to us if guitarists would be willing to participate as soloists and seminar/lecture professors on a volunteer basis. Of course, we would cover all the accommodation and food expenses.


The Summer Guitar Academy «Arion» will take place August 3rd-8th, 2016 in Molyvos, on the island of Lesvos. As we would like to announce the details of the Summer Academy as early as possible, it would be ideal to receive responses before the beginning of February.


Thank you in advance.  We look forward to your reply.


Korina Vougiouka, artistic director

Nikolaos Molvalis, President of the Tourism Association of Molyvos

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3rd Annual Istanbul Classical Guitar Festival 2016 Announced.

Posted By Erin Young, Thursday, January 21, 2016

The 3rd annual Istanbul Classical Guitar Festival on April 20-24, 2016 has been announced.

The Festival information is as follows:
3rd. International Istanbul Classical Guitar Festival
4/20/2016 to 4/24/2016
CKM Concert hall, Caddebostan/Istanbul/Turkey
The festival will include concerts, classes, and seminars.

Featuring the following artists: Aniello Desiderio, Goran Krivokapic, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Lorenzo Micheli, Gilbert Biberian, Kagan Korad and the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra.

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First International Guitar Festival "Ferran Sor" Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The “Joan Llongueres” School of Music of Barcelona, along with Artistic Director, guitarist, and composer Giuliano Belotti, is organizing the first edition of the International Guitar Festival “Ferran Sor”.


The festival will take place September 5-10, 2016, in the Teatro Regina theater, located in C/ Seneca 22, in the center area of Barcelona.


This year the Festival will feature master classes and concerts by guitar masters like Pavel Steidl, Ricardo Gallén, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukić and Àlex Garrobé.


The International Guitar Festival “Ferran Sor” will also accommodate and be of interest to record labels, music publishers, guitar makers, and string and guitar accessories manufacturers.

For more information visit:

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The Consortium for Guitar Research announces The Andrew Britton Fellowship

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Consortium for Guitar Research

At Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge


A society of scholars and guitar players devoted to the musical history, the social history and the organology of guitars, but with special emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries


The Andrew Britton Fellowship


The Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a Fellowship in honour of Dr. Andrew Britton who died suddenly last autumn. The Fellowship covers accommodation and college meals during the three-day colloquium of the Consortium at Sidney Sussex College, The University of Cambridge, to be held from Saturday 9 April to Tuesday 12 April 2016. Because membership of the Consortium is by invitation only, this award provides a unique opportunity to share ideas with a group of acknowledged experts in the field. See for more information regarding the Consortium and its members.


Although there is no age limit, the applicant for the Andrew Britton Fellowship must be deemed to be at an early stage of their work. During the conference, the recipient is encouraged to give a 30 minute paper or other account of their current research, but this is not obligatory.


Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and why this award would be useful to them. The application must be sent via email, in a word or PDF document, to Professor Christopher Page by 20 February 2016.


The chosen candidate will be notified by 1 March 2016 and is required to accept the place by 7 March 2016. The Consortium reserves the right not to appoint to the Fellowship if they deem no applicant suitable. The successful candidate will fund their own travel and must ensure any necessary visas are in place.


Dr Andrew Britton was a Founding Member of the Consortium. His PhD thesis The guitar in the romantic period: its musical and social development, with special reference to Bristol and Bath is a benchmark to all new Scholars and is available online on the British Library Ethos site.


The Andrew Britton Fellowship is funded by the Larkum Fund of Sidney Sussex College.

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I-Park announces its 2016 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, January 08, 2016

I-Park 2016 Music Composition/Sound Art

Application Deadline: January 25, 2016


I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), has announced its 2016 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to composers and those working in the field of sound art, design, and sculpture. Other creative disciplines represented are visual arts, architecture, moving image, creative writing and landscape/garden/ecological design. Self-directed residencies are being offered from May through November 2016. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome. 


I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in a renovated 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio and a meal program.


I-Park’s music studio is outfitted with an upright piano, numerous digital keyboards, MIDI interface and synthesizer modules, basic studio and field recording equipment and a selection of obscure and specialty instruments and audio gear, including percussion.


While the typical residency revolves around studio work, those wishing to create sound installations in the landscape will have broad access to I-Park’s expansive grounds.  


Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panel. Accepted composers/sound artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.  


I-Park will also be hosting two Special Programs in 2016, a Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency and a Family-Friendly Residency (an experimental program dedicated to artists with dependent children). These programs will have separate application deadlines. Visit the I-Park website for more information on these Special Programs.


Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available online at  For more information, contact I-Park at or 860-873-2468.

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The 5th Changsha International Guitar Festival

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, January 04, 2016
Announcing the 5th Changsha International Guitar Festival (Changsha, China; July 19-23, 2016). The winner of this guitar competition will get cash prize of US $10,000, a guitar (priced at US $6500) and a concert tour of 6 Chinese cities in 2017.
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VIOLAB interviews Andrew York

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, December 21, 2015

Brazilian website VIOLAB recently interviewed Andrew York, acclaimed guitarist, composer, and co-host for GFA 2017 Convention at Cal State Fullerton. Learn more from this fascinating discussion of topics ranging from composition to physics and mathematics by following the link below.

Visit Andrew York's website: 

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Musical America’s 2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE now offering promotional opportunities

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, December 11, 2015

Musical America’s  2ND ANNUAL COMPETITIONS GUIDE will be released in

February 2016. We are now offering promotional opportunities to reach

an international audience for unmatched visibility of SongFest.  Here

are some details:

·         RELEASE DATE:  2 February 2016

·         DISTRIBUTION: PDF download sent by email FREE to MA’S


EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS  throughout the month  (4 times).

·         LONGEVITY: Available indefinitely on SPECIAL REPORTS

LIBRARY, click here on

·         CONTENT:  50 competitions (approx) coming up in 2016- 2017

chosen from MA’s database of competitions by MA’s editorial

staff. Feature article related to the topic also included.

·         MULTIPLE WAYS TO ACCESS:  Page dedicated to all listings

and PDF download of Guide on

·         ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Guides are posted on MA’s social

media and have been available through industry organizations such as


·         Click here for the PDF of the  FEBRUARY 2015





MUSICAL AMERICA GUIDES are an extremely valuable resource and not

blocked by any firewalls.  2016 Guides will also include Festivals

(April) and Music Schools (September).  Special discounted rates are

available for advertising in more than one Guide.



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The Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston, NY - 2016 Young Artists Competition

Posted By Erin Young, Wednesday, December 09, 2015
The Tuesday Morning Music Club
Douglaston, New York

2016 Young Artists Competition
For Classical Guitar

The Tuesday Morning Music Club is a non-profit organization made up of classical instrumentalists and vocalists. Its purpose is to enhance the cultural life of its membership and the community. One of the endeavors of which we are most proud is our sponsorship of a bi-annual Young Artists Competition. This year our competition is open to classical guitarist ages 18- 28.

To apply send the following material:

1. A letter of application stating your name, age, address, e mail address and phone number.

2. Submit a recording (CD): One each from Baroque/Classic, Romantic/Spanish and 20th century.
Label with your name and the title of the work on top of the CD.

3. A short biography.
Please send the material to:

Hiroko Nakahara
1 Bay Road. Huntington, NY 11743

Deadline: March 14, 2016

All materials must be received or postmarked by March 14, 2016.

After the screening we will select 6 contestants who will be auditioned before the committee on April 26, 2016

Performing time: No more than ten minutes. Two contrasting selections of your choice.

1st Prize: $1,800 2nd Prize: $1000 3rd Prize: $500

Competition date: Competition date: April 26 (Tuesday) 2016 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Community Church of Douglaston, N.Y.
39-50 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11363 Tel: 1-718-229-2169

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